One word to describe Δkkord: Δtmospheric. They (names can not be included here as Δkkord remains one of many anonymous artists producing great minimal bass music at the moment), use reverse reverb and white noise builds to create and release a dreamy sort of tension in a brilliantly effective way. Donning trendy triΔngles and all, Δkkord hail from Manchester, and bring together an eclectic mix of techno, dubstep and minimal bass music. Δkkord’s apparent passion for art design, maths and sacred geometry, (perhaps accounting for the striking triangular-based graphic they have adopted as their symbol), really comes out in their music, and indeed in the entire branding effort. Δkkord’s music is so tight, so crisp, so clinical, that it leaves the listener feeling as if they’ve just been driven through a sterilized German car wash. Which brings me to another point – some aspects of Δkkord’s sound can be viewed as stinkingly similar to Berlin based producer Objekt’s: – ‘Back and Forth’ instantly brings to mind Objekt’s ‘Cactus’, with it’s dubstepy LFO’d bassline and crisp, metallic clicks and snares. However, Δkkord takes the sound in a new direction, giving it a more rhythmic, subtle vibe. Overall, an effective use of vocals, especially the crescendoed chaos in ‘Back and Forth’ and the silky oldskool narrative in ‘The Drums’ help to complete an already impressive act of sound design and production.
Despite the secrecy and almost pretentious nature of Akkord’s branding, the duo received over 8000 listens on their very first day, and it’s very easy to see why.
Check out the atmospheric ‘The Drums’ and their other tracks, and browse through their facebook page in the links below: