DANCE BEAT: Roni Size/Reprazent, To Rococo Rot, Squarepusher ...

Drum 'n' bass crew interacts with audience at unique in-store appearances.

Following appearances in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, drum 'n' bass superstars Roni Size/Reprazent will continue a series of unique in-store appearances on Sunday (March 18) at Tower Records in downtown New York. The events, which include signings of their recent album, In The Mode, and current single, "Who Told You" (RealAudio excerpt), also feature performances by the group — Size, DJs Krust, Die and Suv, MC Dynamite and vocalist Onalee — as well as audience participation. Fans are encouraged to add to the performance, either by singing, playing keyboards or manning the turntables, with Size using the contributions to instantly produce a new track, which he then plays for the crowd. The New York in-store coincides with the group's Hammerstein Ballroom show on Saturday (March 17), with support from Bahamadia and special guests. Other in-stores are scheduled for Washington, D.C. (March 19), and Miami (March 25). ...

German electronic-jazz trio To Rococo Rot have teamed up with New York experimental producer I-Sound for their fourth album, Music Is A Hungry Ghost, which is due May 8. Berlin- and Dusseldorf-based To Rococo Rot — brothers Ronald and Robert Lippok and Stefan Schneider — met I-Sound (born Craig Willingham) when sharing the bill on the New York stop of the trio's 1998 U.S. tour in support of their second album, Veiculo (1997). The four later collaborated in Berlin on a song, "A Little Asphalt Here and There," that appeared on 1999's acclaimed The Amateur View, and worked together more extensively on the new Ghost. ...

Eclectic English producer Squarepusher (born Tom Jenkinson) will release his first new music in a year and a half with the single "My Red Hot Car," which is due May 15. Squarepusher's most recent release was the album Selection Sixteen, which came out in November 1999. ...

The Angel, one of the few accomplished women producers in underground music, will release her latest album, No Gravity, May 22 on Supacrucial Recordings. The album mixes instrumental hip-hop cuts with tracks featuring rappers Tre Hardison (formerly of the Pharcyde), Divine Styler, the Freestylers' Navigator and Mystic. The Angel, a Brooklyn native and longtime Los Angeles resident, has released two albums, Thru the Haze, a 1997 collaboration with Smith & Mighty called Jaz Klash, and '98's Tune In Turn On, which was released under the pseudonym 60 Channels. ...

The third album by English electronic duo Plaid will be titled Double Figure and is due May 29 in America on Warp Records. Following their 2000 compilation of early tracks, Trainer, the duo, Andy Turner and Ed Handley, have made snippets of five songs from Double Figure available on the Warp Web site (www.warprecords.com). In a similar vein to their first two albums, 1998's Not for Threes and '99's Rest Proof Clockwork, the new album is packed with Plaid's warm sense of melody and inventive, pulsing beats. ...

Chicago house legend Larry Heard (a.k.a. Mr. Fingers and Fingers Inc.) will return to the fold with his latest album, Love's Arrival, which is due in early June on the Brooklyn, NY, house label Track Mode Recordings. Following a flurry of releases that ended with 1999's Genesis, Arrival will be Heard's first release since last year's "Missing You" single. The creator of such seminal '80s house cuts such as "Mystery of Love," "Washing Machine" and "Can U Feel It?" continues in the vein of subtle, enveloping deep house on the new album, which features 12 cuts, including Heard's own Jazz Café mix of "Missing You" and 11 new songs. ...

Down-tempo San Diego hip-hop DJ/producer Greyboy (born Andreas Stevens), has completed work on his third LP, Master the Art, which is due May 22 on Ubiquity Recordings. Greyboy's first album in almost five years mixes bossa nova and '70s spy-soundtrack snippets with his trademark jazzy breakbeats, and features collaborations with vibraphonist Dave Pike, guitarist Elgin Park and MC Mainflo. The producer gained notoriety in the mid-'90s for his jazz-inspired breaks and his incorporating of live jazz musicians on 1995's Freestylin' and 1996's Land of the Lost, which spawned the popular touring funk ensemble the Greyboy All-Stars. A brief U.S. tour in support of Master the Art is in the works for late May. ...

Japanese hip-hop master DJ Krush has released his sixth album, Zen, at home in Japan, with the album due for a U.S. release in early July, according to a spokesperson for his American label, Red Ink. Zen, which features cover art by Krush himself, is rife with the organic, contemplative beats that he's perfected, and includes vocal collaborations with rappers Black Thought of the Roots and El-P of Company Flow as well as soul singer N'Dea Davenport. Roots drummer ?uestlove plays on a track, and turntablist phonosycographDISK lends his skills to another. Krush will tour the U.S. sometime around the album's release date, but no dates have been announced yet. His most recent release was the 2000 mix-CD Code 4109, which highlighted tracks of his own along with several Japanese underground hip-hop cuts. ...

Rephlex, the label co-founded by Richard D. James (a.k.a. Aphex Twin), will release The Braindance Coincidence, a collection of tracks in celebration of its 10th anniversary, April 3. Featuring tracks by top Rephlex artists including u-ziq, Global Goon and Bogdan Raczynski, Braindance culls 16 cuts from Rephlex's more than 100 releases since 1991, when James started the label with partner Grant Wilson-Claridge. ...

The fourth installment in the Stateside Essential Mix series is mixed by venerable British radio and club DJ Pete Tong, who is also responsible for launching the series. Due March 20, Tong's 15-cut mix finds the DJ lending his signature deep, soulful vibe to a journey through house, techno and trance, including songs by Blaze ("My Beat"), Way Out West ("Intensify") and Photek (David Morales' remix of "Mine to Give"). In addition to founding and operating the cornerstone British dance label FFRR in 1988, Tong has hosted the immensely popular BBC Radio 1 Friday-evening show "Essential Selection" for the last decade. He will begin a two-week DJ tour in support of Essential Mix March 23, when he will broadcast his Radio 1 show live from the Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach. Past volumes in the Essential series were mixed by Fatboy Slim, Paul Oakenfold and, most recently, Boy George. ...

The next album by Autechre, the Sheffield, England, deities of experimental techno, will be titled Confield and is due April 17 on Warp Records, according to a spokesperson for the label. Aside from featuring nine new tracks by the duo, Rob Brown and Sean Booth, no other information on the album is available yet. On six albums and a slew of EPs and side projects over the last seven years, Autechre have defined a new branch of electronic music with their skittering, disorienting rhythms and enveloping caverns of sound. In addition to a second collection of Peel Sessions recordings that came out in January, their most recent releases were the curiously named 1999 album EP7 and a 1998 self-titled LP. The duo plans to tour the U.S. for the first time since 1998 following Confield's release. ...

— sonicnet.com staff report