“We’re incredibly excited to announce that two of our favourite artists, The Haxan Cloak and Vatican Shadow, have each dismantled and entirely reconfigured Akkord’s HTH020 EP. The results are breath-taking – powerful and utterly ferocious – and will be released on the HTH030 both on 12″ and digitally on 17th November.” (Houndstooth)
Tri-Angle Records’ The Haxan Cloak dissected elements from all four tracks on HTH020, reassembling them into a 10-minute masterpiece, a wall of sound that defies classification. Meanwhile, fabric’s Room 2 inspired Hospital Productions label boss Vatican Shadow assembles parts of ‘Typeface’ and ‘Greyscale’ along with his own sounds, to create an intricate, ominous techno trip. Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy and pressed on 180g vinyl, the HTH030 12” is a companion piece to the HTH020 EP, with a reversed colour scheme, debossed cover with postcard insert. (Houndstooth)
One of the most illustrious mix series around, ‘Solid Steel’, recently invited Joe Mcbride and Liam Blackburn to contribute an exclusive mix in support of their latest EP on Houndstooth.
Listen to the mix below, and pick up their latest release, pressed onto a beautiful grey marble 12″ with an additional postcard insert.
Muslimgauze – Yasser Arafats Radio [Staalplaat]
Akkord – Channel Drift [Houndstooth]
Cloud Boat – Amber Road (The Haxan Cloak Remix) [Apollo]
Akkord – Undertow [Houndstooth]
Andy Stott – Execution [Modern Love]
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement – They Shoot Men With Flying Fish & Travel In Waterspouts Or On Rainbows [Bed of Nails]
Akkord – Smoke Circle [Houndstooth]
Talk In Silence – Rust [Unreleased]
Autechre – Tankakern [Warp]
Shackleton – The Rope Tightens [Skull Disco]
Akkord – Greyscale [Forthcoming Houndstooth]
Fenton – 0096 [Unreleased]
Kerridge – Waiting For Love [D/N Records]
Akkord – Continuum [Forthcoming Houndstooth]
Curve – Falling Free (Aphex Twin Remix) [Anxious Records]
Diamond Version – Empowering Change [Mute]
Akkord – Gradient [Forthcoming Houndstooth]
Troy Gunner – Backstab [Forthcoming EMF]
Raime – The Dimming of Road And Rights [Blackest Ever Black]
Killing Sound – Eight Methods [Blackest Ever Black]
Joe McBride and Liam Blackburn’s collaborative project as Akkord has established itself as one of the UK’s primary bass music exports. Following their debut album for Houndstooth, they continue to showcase their surgical aesthetic to an internationl audience both in the club and online.
Today, they present a mix for FACT Magazine, joining the dots between techno, industrial, dub, jungle, IDM and just about every parallel sound available. Listen below.
Since their highly sought after, anonymous white label debuts in 2012, Akkord have established themselves as one of the UK’s most intriguing club acts, circumnavigating the spectrum of bass culture and creating a highly developed sum of its parts.
Since signing to Fabric’s Houndstooth label, the veil of mystery has been slowly lifted- announcing its core members as Liam Blackburn and Joe McBride (Indigo & Synkro respectively), whilst building anticipation for their debut album with means far detached from the regular gears of the industry.
AKKORD001 – March 2012
AKKORD002 – June 2012
Navigate EP – May 2013
Akkord LP – November 2013
12/04/13 – London @ Fabric
19/07/13 – Berlin @ Berghain
06/04/13 – Rome @ Init Club
21/09/13 – Paris @ Glazart
11/10/13 – Madrid @ Post Club
12/10/13 – Barcelona @ Razzamatazz
19/10/13 – Manchester @ Warehouse Project
01/12/13 – Hamburg @ Golden Pudel
The identities of ∆kkord have now officially been revealed: Joe McBride and Liam Blackburn, AKA Synkro and Indigo. As two of Manchesters finest, their pairing makes perfect sense. Following the release of their hugely acclaimed debut EP for Houndstooth, and in advance of their debut album for the same label, the duo were called in to contribute to the ever expanding Resident Advisor podcast.
Click the picture above to listen via ResidentAdvisor.net
‘Houndstooth’, the new artist-led record label from UK clubbing institution ‘Fabric’ have garnered much attention for their forward-thinking roster of bass centric UK artists. Ahead of their EP release at the end of May, Akkord were featured on the Houndstooth x Boiler Room event in April, delivering a set of exclusive tunes and forthcoming material.
Akkord are taking bookings following the release of ‘Navigation’ on April 27th, and are taking bookings for their album tour live show in September / October.
Rob Booth’s hub for electronic music (electronicexplorations.org) has brought well over 200 podcasts from a wide breadth of electronic artists and organisations. Following the success of the recently released 50 track compilation via Bandcamp, four tracks have been chosen to be included in an inaugural vinyl edition, limited to 300 copies. Listen to Akkords contribution ‘Surged’ alongside Milanese, Kahn & Ruckspin below and grab the release on October 29.
Voted as one of the best mixes of 2012 by Resident Advisor, Akkord provided Rob Booth with an exclusive mix, very much in line with the collectives anonymity, being void of a tracklist.
Have a listen above for an officiated introduction into the Akkord sound, and to preview what motions will be made as they move into a very busy 2013.