Menacing techno 12" vinyl from Houndstooth label. HTH030 are two reworks of Akkord's HTH020 EP, via The Haxan Cloak and Vatican Shadow. Taking the HTH020 tracks a their own weird and foreboding directions, HTH030 sees both artists showcasing their esoteric production models, churning out two cryptic 4am techno leviathans.
6/10 Laurie Staff review, 13 November 2014
The once-mysterious Akkord drop this remix 12” on Houndstooth, and it’s a proper weird one. The electronic label, riding off the success of Call Super’s recent release, decide to take electronic explorations to the extreme, endorsing these mad reworks of material from none other than Synkro and Indigo.
This screeching beast of a record is unrecognisable from the lovely ambient garage produced by the two Mancunians a couple of years back. The A side encompasses SND’s Mark Fell at his most experimental as well as the complex rhythmic abrasiveness of Ueno Masaaki, which is a world away from S & I’s earlier excursions into that ‘future’ garage sound from the start of this decade. This is all the grand plan of The Haxan Cloak, bludgeoning with a kick drum pattern akin to the rhythm created by dropping a ping pong ball - constantly speeding up before the repeat. Disgusting. With such a gnarly abstract A side, it must have been one hell of a challenge for gloomy American Vatican Shadow to provide a companion remix, a challenge which he unfortunately hasn’t fully risen to. His rework of both ‘Typeface’ and ‘Greyscale’ occupies a very standard corner of techno, without much standout sound design or musical progress. He’s kinda taken the ‘scale’ out of ‘Greyscale’, leaving a rather uninspiring grey. At least make it a burnished silver, dude.
So yeah, a 6 out of 10 for one phenomenal track and a fairly boring second side.
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