Reso: Check 1,2 – EP reviewReso – Check 1, 2 (Civil Music)
12″ EP / DL
Out Now

It comes as no surprise at all that londoner Reso has built himself a solid reputation in the bass music scene. He has a new double album out today & our man Favio has been listening to it for us. Below are his thoughts.

With even more versatility than a swiss army knife, Reso’s capable of a wide range of sounds within Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Garage and the so-called Glitch-Hop. In the last couple of years he’s been delivering all-killer no-filler releases on Civil Music, including the remarkable Ishimura and Temjin EPs, and even Hospital Records found his track Voices of a Distant Star worthy of their fifteen anniversary compilation. It’s time for us to dissect this much-anticipated single taken from the artist’s long awaited full album. Can you get any more hyped?

Check 1,2 is a 100-bpm number that opens with a dark hip-hop beat that could make happy any MoWax, Ninja Tune or Dj Shadow fan. Those old-school drum kits are just delicious. But it takes not even forty seconds before the bass drop kicks you in the face with a heavy-hitting snare drum and enough mid-range sickness to drive the entire floor nuts. An absolute banger that works great to break things down at the peak of any DJ set.

But even if the original mix is worth the admission price alone, this package comes with no less than four reinterpretations from top-notch producers. First one, and a bit of a personal favourite, is Emperor remix. This up and coming talent from Halifax is the latest addition to the respected Critical Music imprint. His remix is a valuable weapon for those obsessed with the most twisted and experimental side of D’n’B. Its dark atmosphere will haunt you while furious syncopated snare hits blast through your speakers. Catch your breath again with a brief half time beat section and take shelter before the storm of breaks comes as the track reaches its climax. Epic.

Next one is Philadelphia’s own Starkey, who is also member of the Civil Music crew, doing his usual. Crunk meets early 90’s hardcore breakbeat. Stabbing synths, hoover basslines and bling all over the place. German Danny Scrilla brings a slice of half step Drum ‘n’ Bass with a dubby feel. Easily the most laid back take, smoky room vibes in this one. Last but not least is DMC world champion DJ Kentaro. The man from Japan comes correct and sets the rave on fire with his signature banging rhythm.

All in all, this EP is first-class material that will be rocking floors across the globe. 12” inch vinyl version includes all five tracks and a free digital download voucher. At the price of wax these days, releases like this are worth every single penny. Full album Tangram drops November 5th.

Reso’s website can be found here. He is also on Facebook, Twitter & Soundcloud.

All words by favio db overclock. More articles by favio can be found here.

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