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The Black Void of Space...

Resoe

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Album Review

Beginning with the gentle tones of "Lakeviews" set against darker drones and a clipped, nervous pace, The Black Void of Space... finds Resoe embracing the kind of mix that has made his understated name — if it's dubstep that he's tagged with, it's only because that's become a prevailing word in the years before the album's release. But throughout the lengthy disc there's a subtle, enjoyable variety that makes the album a pleasure to listen to above all else — given how so many full-length albums in the field can be relative slogs to get through, hearing him shift between peppier songs like the appropriately titled "Mutation" and "Nachhall" and the slightly more contemplative (if at times only just) "Syntax Error" throughout the album is a key part of its delight. Nothing ever completely chills out, though — a key point of success to anything within the general field Resoe's in, if only because it's that constant tension between mood and energy that sparks the best work. A lot of it has to do with the way Resoe uses bass throughout — if the sonics surrounding "Dubcuttin'" are the type of unsettled goth air that runs throughout the album, the core hook, warm and melodic, feels like an easy night out at a jazz bar for a new century. The crisp, harsher feel of "Minus and Plus," in contrast, works against that very atmosphere by amping up the looming sense of something about to go wrong, yet always again with a sense of finding a cool ease to slip through everything unscathed. Give credit as well to Resoe finding some of the actual dub roots of dubstep — the plaintive melodica heard on "Apart from Moorpark" and the slow loping keyboard of "deMoon" are hardly revolutions in approach, but they are lovely touches nonetheless.

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