Roni Size was the champion of drum 'n' bass through the late '90s and early '00s, one of the closest figures the scene had to a mainstream star. His watershed album was 1997's New Forms, which he recorded with Reprezent, a drum 'n' bass collective he founded. After the album's release, music critics and fans alike went gaga for the hip-hop, breakbeat, and d'n'b blend he emitted from the unique combination of electronics and live instruments.
With Juan BassHead, Will Miles, Stereotype, and others. 10 p.m. Friday, May 7, to 8 a.m. Saturday, May 8. Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $19; ages 21 and up; 954-727-0950; jointherevolution.net
Size's star was so bright he won the Mercury Music Prize, a yearly honor bestowed upon the artist with the finest album in the United Kingdom or Ireland. (Other past recipients include Portishead, Suede, Pulp, and PJ Harvey.) Mirroring the dark, smoky, sweaty underbelly of ravers' paradise, Size's music contains what sounds like a lot of schizophrenic constructions, rapid-fire pacing, jungle rhythms, and sirens. This funk-filled cocktail will provide a full-body workout for anyone who isn't shy about hitting the dance floor. Whether you are nostalgic for rave culture, failed to live it the first (or second) time around, or just want to hear some monstrous bass reverberate through your bones, Roni Size's appearance at Revolution will be a rare treat.
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