Sacred geometry, complex polyrhythms and clean sound design all collide in the work of Manchester outfit, Akkord. With their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album charting high in 2013’s end of year lists, Akkord are not resting on their success, and are already planning their next assault with this new body of work.
HTH020 consists of four tracks of much darker, moodier sounds, pairing monumental low-end frequencies with surgically precise production. The whole EP is centred around clammy, ominous atmospheres, underpinned by stomping beats and descending basslines, placing greater emphasis on the space in-between, and textured with a doomsday ambience.
The music that Akkord create never strays out of their own minimalistic and direct approach to techno, but from there, and beyond, they touch on an ever-evolving variety of styles, which gradually drive us in front of an overwhelming and riveting soundscape.
HTH020 comes pressed on 180g grey vinyl, cut and mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy, with de-bossed artwork and a postcard insert. Buy from this store and receive free WAVs upon release.
Also available - the HTH030 and HTH040 EPs are companion pieces to HTH020, featuring reworkings of the tracks from the EP by The Haxan Cloak, Vatican Shadow, Fis and Regis. They also come packaged in a complimentary colour scheme, with a debossed cover and postcard insert.