I think most people would agree that it’s been a cracking year for underground music thus far. Strong releases have come thick and fast across the board over the last three months, from house and garage, to dubstep and D&B, with every BPM in the middle also nicely catered for.
Add to this growing list of fine music, the new, and potentially classic, album from Reso. After signing to Hospital Records last year, this twelve track follow up to 2014’s Pulse Code EP does a sterling job of showcasing his exceptional sound design, musicality, and technical prowess. Title track Ricochet is suitably bouncy, whilst The Blob, Deadly Premonition, Callisto and the UKF featured Move It all provide tearing dancefloor destruction laced with impeccable drums and basses.
It’s not all in your face craziness though. Opening track Taiga opens the journey perfectly, with its spacey intro dropping into tight jungle breaks and crashes. Elsewhere, Coming Back to You, Echo Loss and What Is are all a distinctly calmer, more liquid oriented affair, sounding like classic Hospital material from the likes of Nu:Tone and Logistics. Interspersed amongst these, funky hip hop number Aqueous and piano laced downtempo track Happy Travels allow room for the album to breath. Unexist closes the collection perfectly.
There really isn’t a bad moment on the entire album. The only thing I didn’t like was when it ended, and even then, its climax seemed to come at just the right moment, leaving me satisfied and smiling, like a catch up with an old friend or a really well made cup of tea.