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, ‘Check 1,2’ is the next single to be introduced from forthcoming debut album ‘Tangram’ 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) is one of the new breed of uber-talented producers currently making waves within the drum & bass community. His heavyweight remix confirms this and shows just why Reso chose him to be part of the package.
Philadelphia’s Starkey (Planet Mu/Ninja Tune/Civil Music), delivers a frenzied revision. Ahead of this forthcoming album ‘Orbits’ due late Nov on Civil Music, Starkey combines his Street Bass sounds with Amen breaks and 8 bar grime to make a true club weapon.
Munich’s Danny Scrilla released his first EP for Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label earlier this year and support for his raw sound was unanimous. Seemingly built on a template of vintage dubstep his remix subtly updates the dark sparse sound to a ‘slower than it feels’ 85bpm. Running double time the high hats add to the heavy head nodding roll and chest rattling subs of this ‘One to Watch’ artist. Look out for Danny Scrilla’s first EP for Civil Music late 2012.
Japanese 2 x DMC world Champion DJ Kentaro closes out the package. Kentaro is a huge Reso fan and fresh from releasing his 2nd album on Ninja Tune, (a campaign to which Reso contributed a remix) whipped up a beat-juggling, electro-workout that lurches and bounces with more edits than you can count.
‘Check 1,2’ is out now on 12” Vinyl and digital download, available from Civil Music’s store [click here].