Review: As ever, we were thrilled to see Reso's name on this one as he makes another dive into the dubstep realms, housing himself comfortably alongside the very well respected Albion Collective across four tracks of pure fire. The shackles are off on the title track 'Focus Inwards' which unleashes some incredibly weighty bass movement, followed by the gnarly sub structures and skippy drum maneuvers of 'Smashed Up'. To follow, we land on the 808-lead drum machine work and smooth reese expansions of 'The Essence', before landing on TMSV's potent recreation of 'Focus Inwards' just in time to tie everything together.
Review: As a label project within the dubstep scene, Hatched are starting to gain quite the reputation for bringing back some of the older yet highly missed faces within the dubstep circuit. Release number twenty-seven for them see's the return of Reso, who kicks off his comeback with metallic stabs and ramping bass sounds of 'Low Control'. Following this we look at the smooth sub rollings of 'Totem' and the super scattered drum crunches and bass licks of 'Ghost Castle'. This is a real dubstep masterclass from start to finish as we end on a high note with 'Gravel', a super creative expanse of dusty LFO pressure and writhing rhythms. Awesome stuff.
Review: Currently in a state of creative flux, ducking and diving between the realms of halftime and heavy D&B hurtage, 170 workouts and 140 monsters, Reso is back in the hot seat after several years focussing on scoring for games. This second instalment of his RX0 series is a great example of him in all-out balls-out mode: "Avenoir" is a bone rattling drumfunk beast, "Chibaku Test" is a white knuckle grizzle fest charged by pure break grit while "Aural Animation" slinks, slides and bends minds with its sleazy funk and wavy synths. Essential for all: No one does D&B like Reso.
Review: 21 years old. How about that then? Some of us were barely out of nappies when London Elektricity first launched the imprint, some of us remember like it was yesterday. Either way, we are all united under the big flouro H and right now they're celebrating their coming of age with a humungous 70 track collection. Yes, 70! Each cut handpicked to represent the London imprint's constantly evolving but always soul-touched and groove-laden sound are 24 exclusives such as Urbandawn's insane version of Reso's "Taiga", Fred V & Grafix's titanium colab with Metrik "Tension", Serum & Inja's already-massive "Blow Dem" and Whiney's remix of TC's chop-slapping "Storm Brew". Massive. Happy birthday Hospital!
Various - "Hospital Mixtape: Fred V & Grafix" (continuous mix) - (1:04:04) 175 BPM
Review: It must be summer! Hospital Records get the British heatwave season cracking with a brand new whopper-length mixtape, this time from the label's own Fred V & Grafix. The sheer number of quality names clambering all over this tracklist gives the release some weight even before it begins, but then again it's hard to see people like S.P.Y, Lynx, Ivy Lab, Urbandawn, Etherwood, Bungle and Cynatific without getting a touch of the vapours. Look out also for the stunning Logistics remix of Andreya Triana's "Lullaby".
Review: For his debut full length outing on Hospital, Reso has pulled out all the stops. With a production history most would kill for, this man knows how to craft drums and anyone who heard his "Pulse Code" EP back in 2014 will tell you, this LP has been a long and tantalising wait. From beautiful multi-layered masterpieces like "Taiga", "Coming Back To You" and gorgeous title track "Ricochet" to experimental forays into sound design like the chilled out hip-hop stylings of "Aqueous" and "Happy Travels", this is an artist who has chosen not to conform in the best way. When drum and bass is art like this, who needs strobe? Oh, you want strobes? Take "Deadly Premonition" and "Unexist" then, there's bass and psychotic drums enough to bring the roof down. Stunning stuff.
Various - "Hospital/We Are 18" (Mixed By Tomahawk) - (1:12:45) 175 BPM
Review: 18 years ago, Hospital Records launched with a deep and jazzy D&B 12" from the Peter Nice Trio, whose members included London Elektricity founders Chris Goss and Tony Colman. Nearly two decades on, Hospital is one of the biggest brands in electronic music, having cornered the market in funky, soulful, accessible, party-hearty "festival D&B". To celebrate their achievements, they've put together an impressively expansive compilation. There are new and previously unreleased tracks from the label's growing roster of artists - think Nu:Tone, High Contrast, Camo & Crooked, Netsky and Logistics - plus a thrill-a-minute bonus mix from Tomahawk. Covering most of the junglist spectrum whilst remaining unflinchingly melodic, it's a fitting celebration.
Review: A diverse post-dubstep producer that everyone's talking about, Reso finally delivered his debut album Tangram last year to great acclaim. Now it's time a for a remix edition, and boy does it feature everything including the kitchen sink. Highlights include Koan's brutal and snarling breakbeat version of "Axion", the beautiful synthscapes of Om Unit's remix of "Simple Pleasures", the insane industrial dubstep/arpeggiated techno fusion of Billain's remix of "Half Life", the sparse beat-fest of Doshy's "Coronium" rework and Evol Intent's evocative version of "Ishimura" which somehow manages to combine tropical beats and industrial metal chimes.
Review: It's the one we've been waiting for... Reso's teased us with EPs for years, each one flexing a different party muscl, from savage, tearing breakbeats to almost industrial dubstep. Each flavour delivered with such unpredictable glee, you always knew an album would be on the cards. And that it would rock hard. Naturally this keeps on giving; from the alien, percussive Q&A on "Creature" to the jazz drummer D&B madness of "Axion" to the somnambulant ambient bliss of "Simple Pleasures" and "Backwards Glance" via the gritty ear-slap of "Check 1,2", the wait has been well and truly worth it. Stuff Gangnam style, it's all about Tangram style!
Review: An impressive and incredibly versatile producer; a jack of all trades and master of the lot, Reso brings us another smashing EP on Civil Music. Prepare yourself that the aural onslaught that ensues in title track "Check 1,2" - this is all synth distortions, grinding bass, face-melting, Noisia-esque attention to detail and above all an aggressive, dancefloor-driven sensibility that makes it irresistible. Accompanying the original is an epic Emperor remix which draws things out and strips things back, a fun and funked up Starkey remix, plus re-licks from Danny Scrilla on a dubbed out tip and DJ Kentaro who shakes things up again. A must have EP here.
Ishimura (Drop The Lime Dark Tunnels remix) - (4:41)
Review: One of the most exciting and refreshing artists to emerge from underground music in recent times, Reso's unique blend of bass music makes for an exhilarating listen. "Ishimura" is a mash up of squealing synth distortions, pummeling bass, crisp, crunchy drums and a Noisia-esque density of sound. Evol Intent's remix is even more extreme, aggressive and condensed, while Drop The Lime's "Dark Tunnels" remix is an eerie, stripped back venture, which bears little resemblance to the original. "Vanquish", the other original track on the EP, is another Reso special - tough and terrifying, with whomping b-line and quirky SFX a-plenty. Immense.
Review: The opening track of the Valken EP, Reso's aptly titled "War Machine", combines the producer's idiosyncratic combination of Armageddon inducing wobble dubstep and D&B into a frantic dancefloor destroyer. Flick through to discover a very different side to the Reso arsenal - firstly the downtempo crackly hip-hip of "Aethra" (our pick of the bunch if you're asking) and chopped up quirkiness of "Expansion Radio". A big release indeed for a producer who has already caught the eye with releases on Hospital, Temjin and Rumble and remixes of Debruit, Drop the Lime, Foamo and Qemists.
Review: Three years on and Subway Recordings has firmly established themselves as one of the foremost Dutch dubstep labels, yet they do not by any means limit themselves to genre or sound. This Destination compilation takes us through the grimey, the dark, the deep, the dancefloor and the experimental in turn. Noah D's "Hardcore" kicks off with a thrilling combination of jagged neon synths and harsh sub bass cheekiness, before Akkachar & Taz Buckfaster drop sci fi sounds on "187 On A Rock" and DJ Madd delivers the twitching Ramandanman sensibilities of "Bass Comedown". Mayhem & Whisperlink provide an early highlight with "Trap Or Die" filled with bleepy SFX and dark, rumbling basslines underpinning the ominous, vocodered vocal sample. Rivalling this is "Rumble" by Reso & Vent - a sure fire dancefloor driven killer. Here the rowdy, bass-heavy wobbles and smacking drum kicks really up the ante and we are transported deep into the peaktime heavy hitters. All in all, it's a comprehensive array of tracks here from some highly talented, genre-pushing artists which should, really, not be missed.