Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Since the latter half of the last decade, Alex Melia aka Reso has been blending heightened technological futurism with dancefloor prowess to create a densely cinematic musical universe. Following last years ‘Ishimura’ EP, Reso is set to release ‘Check 1,2’ on 15th October as his next single and an introduction to his forthcoming debut album ‘Tangram’, set for release on 5th November on Civil Music. An unflinching vision of the future and complete competency in his craft sees Reso construct a brave new narrative in the way that timeless artists like Richard D James, Photek, DJ Shadow and A Guy Called Gerald have done for earlier generations.
‘Check 1,2’ is a curveball that reveals Reso’s love of dark hip-hop, melding sounds and influences from MoWax, Ninja tune, sci-fi and dubstep. Whereas the album ‘Tangram’ succeeds in weaving a multitude of electronic genres together, the guest remixers on ‘Check 1,2’ break things down into their own dark corners of expertise.
18-Year-old ‘Emperor’ (Critical/Caliber/Modulations) brings a heavyweight drum 'n' bass remix while Philadelphia’s Starkey (Planet Mu/Ninja Tune/Civil Music), delivers a frenzied revision combining his Street Bass sounds with Amen breaks and 8 bar grime to make a true club weapon.
Munich’s Danny Scrilla seemingly builds his remix on a template of vintage dubstep but subtly updates the dark sparse sound to a ‘slower than it feels’ 85bpm. To finish things off Japanese 2 x DMC world Champion DJ Kentaro whips up a beat-juggling, electro-workout that lurches and bounces with more edits than you can count.