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Avenoir / Chibaku Tensei

by Reso

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Johann Theo
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Johann Theo As usual, the style put on display here is cream of the crop. Splendid mixing skills allow the listener to truly sink into Reso's world of crisp drums that sway effortlessly between slow swing grooves and frantic, pointedly chopped jungle/dnb beats. Reso's flow, instrument choice, and uniqueness all shine here. A delightful purchase. Favorite track: Aural Animation.
Stephen Goyne
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Stephen Goyne Absolutely fucking mega Favorite track: Chibaku Tensei.
Paul Turnquist
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Paul Turnquist Such an intriguing fabric of smooth futuristic pads with drums that push to the near abstract & textural. It's unreal how it's woven together with such a coherent vision. Incredible. Favorite track: Aural Animation.
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speaker_dude The two title tracks are superb, Avenoir is just so well produced, Chibaku Tensei is all out nuts but track 3, what a great little track!! Favorite track: Aural Animation.
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Avenoir 05:36


Reso — the alias of London-based producer Alex Melia — returned to the dance music world in late 2017 with the inaugural release of his new RX0 label, Kodama, a four-track EP of spirited dance music. For the second release on the label, Reso has chosen two productions that act as a counterpoint of sorts to the first EP. Where RX001 was a broad mission statement, RX002 is a laser-focused burst of breaks, moods, and programming finesse.

‘Avenoir’ is a dedication to Reso’s roots, a tip of the hat from the man today to his younger self. This is most evident in the way breaks are chopped, layered, and sequenced to feed tension and tease expectation. A student of the artform, Reso also tips his hat to early pioneers like Dillinja, Paradox, and Goldie. Rubbing against the youthful exuberance of this rhythmic ride is the older Reso, a man with a better understanding of melodic progression, chord sequences, and song structure. The result is what Melia refers to as “prog jungle” with guitars, pads, and ambient melodies easing the breaks in and evolving throughout, guiding the listener towards memories that haven’t happened yet — an idea implied by the track’s name, a noun invented by John Koenig and meant to represent, “the desire that memory could flow backward.”

On the flip side of this prog jungle escapade is ‘Chibaku Tensei’ (Japanese for planetary devastation), another expansive production that riffs on darker shades of the same ideas: intense drum manipulations, with breaks cut sharp and twisted to breaking point, mood-setting ambient pads for short bursts of respite, and tense but necessary forward motion.

Both tracks were cut to 45rpm on vinyl for maximum dancefloor impact while the digital release includes a bonus track, ‘Aural Animation’, a tongue-in-cheek roller that indulges musical fantasies, the ideal soundtrack to a car ride into space.

RX002 affirms Reso’s return and dedication to finding new directions without forgetting the paths that brought him there.


released April 20, 2018

Written and produced by Alex Melia
Mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Star Delta
Artwork by Morrk


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