Title: Resynthformation
: Re:set
Release Date: 21 march 2014
Genre: Electronica / Dubstep
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Label: Sostanze Records

[Ed Note: Sostanze records has migrated to BandCamp, but didn’t carry all of their releases over…¬† So, I’ve linked to this release on Internet Archive and CCTrax below. It is still Creative Commons licensed.]

Okay, so this release encompasses several things that I don’t like in modern electronic music, namely dubstep, house and techno styles. ¬†So, for me to take this release under my wing for review, it must be time to Re:set that synthformation.

The Surprise

When i started listening to this release, it really had the feel of a modern electronic IDM style of work. ¬†The opening segment of ‘Resynthformation’ sounded like something that Amon Tobin would have written. ¬†Only when I got almost halfway into the track did I hear the tell-tale sounds of dubstep in the piece. ¬†But, then again, the piece gave way back to an IDM piece.

So, I started thinking, this was going to be a bit different. ¬†Not completely dubstep, but rather a hybrid-style work. ¬†And that, I have to admit intrigued me. ¬†My displeasure with dubstep isn’t in the style itself, it’s in the annoying persistence of it. ¬†To my thoughts, it really isn’t its own style, but rather an outgrowth of modern electronic music styles. ¬†It’s something that can be incorporated into works, but shouldn’t be the complete basis for the work.

Digging Further

So, as I listened to this release, I was more pleased with it. ¬†It doesn’t follow the normal pattern of dubstep, ie, the intro and then drop followed by long, head pounding non-varying dubstep.

Instead this release takes more integrated approach.  The songs here have multiple sections, and follow a pattern of using re-statement of themes and developing them in minutely different directions.  Breaking up the dubstep elements with sections of house, techno or IDM styles.

Re:set That Synthformation

If this has been a strictly dubstep release, I would have been fairly disappointed.  However, this release is a start at bridging several styles of modern electronic music.  By themselves, most of these styles are marginally interesting, and more often annoying.

Re:set, however, has a ¬†really good ear. ¬†he has managed to merge styles, and make them into more musical compositions structurally. ¬†This is the launch point for a new style of house, techno and dubstep to emerge. ¬†It’s the kind of experimentation that is often missing in electronic music these days, or is only narrowly attempted by other artists.

Re:set: Resynthformation




Posted by George De Bruin


  1. WOW! Awesome review. Can we insert the link on our website? Thanks a lot!

  2. WOW! Awesome review. Can we insert the link on our website? Thanks a lot!

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