I first heard about young 20 year-old producer Rezz last fall when a track made its way onto one of the staff playlists. I liked the song so I checked out her soundcloud page and found a bunch of tracks with terrible cover art and demos that were a little rough around the edges, there was promise but I couldn’t tell if she was serious yet. So I let it ride and in the time since then she has gone on to sign with mau5trap and have articles on Thump and Nest HQ proclaiming her the female Gesaffelstein. I can’t help but feel like the store clerk in Pretty Woman who denies Julia Roberts service only to have it come back to bite her. Rezz’s style is distinctly industrial filled with dark ambiance, gripping melodies, and sounds incredibly fresh in today’s over-saturated scene. So it appears I owe Rezz an apology for sleeping on such a bright young talent for so long, sorry Rezz you’re fantastic! In an attempt to make up for it I’ve devoted this week’s edition to my favorite Rezz tracks so far.
It seems fitting to start with the first track I ever heard from Rezz. “Rubix Cube” is a churning techno tune that sounds a little like mid-2000s Deadmau5 in the best possible sense. With watery growls and intricate clicks that punctuate the track, there are a ton of little processes and operations occurring simultaneously weaving a tapestry of ornate techno along the way. The track grows increasingly complex until your left with your head spinning by the end still trying to make sense of what you just heard.
One of the tracks that caused me to take a second look at Rezz was her mammoth remix of Marilyn Manson’s “This Is The New Shit.” Rezz matches the loud aggressive industrial tone of Manson’s voice complementing it nicely with a seesaw-ing synths that reverberate through speakers like a mild earthquake. I don’t toss around the word ‘banger’ lightly but this remix is definitely worthy of the ostentatious title.
“Black Energy” is another note-worthy track that has some progressive house references with arena-sized flourishes. Couple that with really gritty acid-work and you have a track that wouldn’t be out-of-place in a Cirez D set. Comparisons to Gesaffelstien seem rather obvious since both share a similar sound palette but there is a roughness to Rezz’s compositions that makes her stand out. The edges aren’t all nicely rounded and tapered off like a Gesaffelstein production, they’re rawer, more primal immediately seizing the listener rather than coaxing them through a veil of mystery.
It seems fitting to finish with Rezz’s first ever official release that came out today on the mau5trap’s We Are Friends Vol. 4 compilation. “Serenity” is a misleading title given the flurry of acid-tinged basslines, squealing synths, and metallic melodies that cut through the choral pads. There is a lovely tension between the aggressive techno sounds of the track against an almost monastic soundscape. If this is any indication of what to expect on her upcoming EP then we are truly in for a treat.