Reso’s joined Hospital Records. And he’s celebrating with a cheeky mix… Exclusive to Drum&BassArena!
It’s official: erstwhile dubstep soldier Reso has joined the troops at London Elektricity’s bass bootcamp. Last time we spoke to him he discussed his love for D&B at great length… Fast forward 18 months and he’s putting his money where his mouth is.
“I made dubstep for about seven years so it’s time to move on,” he tells us. “D&B has such high production values as well; it’s a challenge to make and to keep sounding fresh. No doubt I’ll still make the odd dubstep tune here and there but right now it’s D&B that’s exciting for me. I like the diversity within the genre, I feel there’s a more room to play around.”
A refreshing response to the exodus of D&B producers who left the genre to make dubstep four or five years ago, Reso’s already risen to drum & bass’s matchlessly high production benchmark with previous Hospital outings such as War Machine, Kamina and the immense Pulse Code EP released earlier this year. Now armed with a full and exclusive contract, he’s about to develop this body of 170-related work in a major way.
“It’s fantastic to finally be part of the hospital family properly,” says Reso. Real name Alex, he picked Reso as a name as it’s tag-friendly and short for resonance. “We’ve been working together for a couple of years now so it seemed a logical progression to sign an album deal with them. Fundamentally they’re an amazing bunch of people with real passion for what they do and I really like the ethos of the label, they release music they really like so I’m honoured that they’re as much fans of mine as I am of them. It’s also a bit daunting…. Everyone on the label is really at the top of their game.”
The love goes both ways, too. Here’s what Hospital chief London Elektricity has to say about him…
“Reso is out there on his own – his music is almost impossible to define. I had a chat with him the other day and we jokingly described his sound as ‘intelligent gully’. If detail is your thing then you’ll fall in love with Reso’s music. Multilayered doesn’t even begin to describe it. Mindblowingly original does describe it but it still leaves you unprepared for the onslaught. I’m f***ing proud to have Reso signed to Hospital. His music is, quite simply, intriguing.”
A drummer with a penchant for hip-hop, Reso’s heartbeat clearly sits happily at 170… But he admits his work rate is a little slower due to the intense attention to detail Mr Elektricity has already touched upon. Call it intelligent gully, call it mind-blowingly original… Just don’t call it prolific…
“I’m pretty slow at making tunes, I get a bit carried away with the details that most people don’t notice,” he considers. “I’m just working on a bunch of new bits so hopefully it won’t take too long to get wrapped up. I’d like something out before Christmas haha.”
For a sneaky peak at what to expect, dig deep into this exclusive – not to mention firing – mix. It contains a track that’s so upfront it’s not even been christened yet.
“I have snuck one exclusive in there, yes,” he grins. “It’s a bit of a banger I’m working on. It hasn’t got a name yet but it’s been a right laugh making it. I’ve tried to cover a fair bit of ground in only half an hour, just proving how diverse D&B can be.”
1. Demolisher (Gridlok Remix) – Teddy Killerz
2. Asteroids – Noisia & Prolix
3. Why So Serious – Joe Ford
4. Misfits – Posij
5. Set Theory – Ed:it & Pennygiles
6. Sparks – Logistics
7. Addicted – Seba
8. Being – Inside Info
9. Scatter – Friction & Total Science
10. Overdog – Silent Witness
11. Untitled – Reso
12. Heavy Bettie – Neonlight
13. The Artefact – Enei
14. Loving Touch – Fracture
15. Black N Blue – Druthers and Drips
16. 1,2,3,4 – Rockwell
17. Spirit Bounce – Escher
Now check out Reso’s three all-time favourite Hospital releases…
High Contrast – The Persistence Of Memory
Nu:Tone – The Boy Who Lost His Smile
Danny Byrd – Labyrinth