Akkord: Akkord (CD, Houndstooth, December 2013)

From the start, this record leaves you in no doubt what’s in store: darkly atmospheric, bass-heavy, righteous shenanigans. Things rumble and clank. There is distant howling and tribal chanting. The beats take a while to kick in, but when they do they are a masterclass in what you can do with not much more than a buzzy bass and a snare or two. It’s mostly a skittering, dubsteppy affair, although it does seem to switch from 2-step to four-on-the-floor from time to time. There’s an ominous, restrained power here. If I have one criticism, it’s only that by the end I wish they’d allowed themselves to really let rip just once.

I bought this from Juno. They call it Techno.

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