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Akkord take a controlled, near-scientific approach to their construction of tracks: Obelisk is an appropriate name for this EP, as it does feel like something physical (and probably threatening) is being built in front of us, out of sub-bass and sharp percussive patterns. A thick and compelling electronic edifice, on Houndstooth.

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Obelisk by Akkord
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 11 November 2015

Joe McBride (aka Synkro) and Liam Blackburn (aka Indigo / Ancestral Voices) drop a 2-track 10” plate of pure dread on Houndstooth.

First up is the stripped back, precisely tooled coldness of ‘Monolith’. A weighty, paranoia inducing heartbeat of a kick appears to gradually gain resonance, on top of an atmosphere that recalls the icy minimalism and Arctic climates evoked by old isolationist producers like Thomas Köner and Lull. Slowly creeping, stripped to the bare bones; it’s like the rudimentary skeleton of very early DMZ, gently becoming dubwise with crackly washes of synth; hissing and dissolving in a steel echo chamber. I can just imagine the pair of producers toking behind the controls of a spacecraft hovering over an ice planet like Hoth beaming down rays of green light that refract on the ice caps like glass prisms in time with the delay f/x.

Under on the flipside ‘Megalith’ sounds like they’ve discovered life beneath ice; where alien birds swoop across black caves and an huge being with massive dreads like the predator is smoking a joint the size of your forearm, rocking his vision of jungle and shooting spliced amens out of a 200ft chrome soundsystem. He wouldn’t want to be at that party? Recommended if you're into early Loefah, Emptyset etc.


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