Boomkat Product Review:
Following two well-received, self-released vinyl drops in 2012, Greater Manchester’s hitherto shadowy steppers Akkord wander blinking into the headlights of Fabric’s Rob Booth-curated Houndstooth imprint. What you get is their most fully-realised offering to date, a pacey four-track EP that kicks off with ‘Navigate’, which blossoms out of Kryptic Minds-style filmic dread into a pert tech-house jacker, setting you up nicely for ‘Compound’, a well-lubricated, dancefloor-aware breakstep cutter, sheathed with ominous drones in a Darqwan or early Loefah style, and equally suited to soundtracking a rave or a mugging in a subterranean carpark. ‘Destruction’ is a bolshy soundsystem wrecker that owes as much to the murderous geometry of Autechre and the tuff swing of Surgeon’s industrial techno as it does to grime or dubstep; it makes up for the slightly soppy ambient dub of the closing ‘Title Sequence’. One for the bass fiends, naturally.