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Until recently, hiphop and drum ‘n’ bass have been uncomfortable, but respectful, bedfellows. In England, American rappers occasionally have a record company-commissioned jungle remix on the B-side of their 12-inches, and KRS-One recently cut a track with Goldie, but these are the exceptions rather than the rule. Once enough people have heard “New Forms,” the collaboration between Roni Size and Gang Starr protege Bahamadia, expect a slew of rap ‘n’ bass joints; it’s the most successful summit yet between the two forms. Bahamadia’s flow is sleepy but firm, verbose but precise, and when she drops “Bahamadia, epitome of MC,” at the end of one long line of word play, all you can say is definitely, yes. “New Forms” is the titular track of Size’s debut, a two-disc set of genre-bending music that marries acoustic guitars and stand-up bass to clickity-clack drums (“Brown Paper Bag”); indulges diva-isms, such as those of vocalist Onallee on “Heroes”; and goes for more playful cutups on “Electricks,” while remaining resolutely musical and irresistibly danceable. The inventive video for “Railing,” another song that mixes the in-your-faceisms of rap and jungle, is appearing on MTV, and New Forms has already won the Mercury Music Prize in England, so Size is well on his way to stardom. And unlike the bloated goat that is Goldie, Size deserves the accolades. Size reportedly performs a live show that rivals P-Funk in its extravagance. See for yourself when Size and his Reprazent crew appear at Buzz at 10 p.m. Friday at the Capitol Ballroom, 1015 Half St. NW. $30. (202) 554-1500. (Christopher Porter)