Boomkat Product Review:
'Resolution 653' is probably one of the most anticipated album's from the UK electronic underground in the last 12 months. It's the culmination of two musical lifetimes spent immersed in Electro, D&B, Techno, House and Bass music, and sounds very much like it. For the past decade the duo of Kid Drama and Al Bleek have released a catalogue of clinically executed dancefloor tricks from their studio (presumably a hermetically sealed bunker in the bowels of London) on labels such as Source Direct's Demonic, and more recently for the Autonomic family of imprints which includes their own Nonplus+ Records, besides Rico DRKSTR's Darkestral Recordings and dBridge's Exit stable. But it's really the last three years which have witnessed a growth spurt in their sound, manifested on this album. Located between 110-140 bpm, these thirteen tracks optimise and intensify a set of memes observed from the darkest corners of the 'floor and the DJ booth. From the galvanized 303 squirms of 'Aggro Acid' to the peerless space of 'Arc', through the twirling melody and stereo-imaged dynamism of 'Love Arp' or the Radiophonic funk of 'Plok', each sound has the signature of master studio craftsmen. In effect they've isolated and honed the digital twitch of OG electro which courses through the veins of so many dance music continuums since the early '80s, and augmented it with a British moodiness which simply can't be faked. Hence, it's highly recommended.