But don't mistake the accessibility of Gresham's hot first album, Brave Nu World, for the type of disposability inherent in other loungy or urbane offshoots of techno's subgenres. Gresham is a trained musician, and as such, he's scrupulous in his approach to writing. He prefers to start at a keyboard and work with vocal guests or key samples in order to find the kernel of a song and build the rest accordingly. "Seven Years," featuring fledgling jazz singer Natalie Williams, and "Heaven Sent," recorded with jungle MC SP, are fully fleshed-out compositions, with bass lines that dive and wobble in harmony with the vocals, and warm, house-style organs that bridge verses and choruses, instead of just riffing in the background. Gresham is still careful to craft drum loops and bass tones with the requisite precision to give die-hard drum & bass listeners the gratification they crave, and Brave Nu World rarely hits a note that sounds awkward or superfluous. Hopefully his DJing will tread a similarly balanced path.
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