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For those unfamiliar with the Electronic Explorations series, it initially began as a podcast by Rob Booth in 2007, and is now an award-winning collection of avant-garde bass music. Since the end of last year, Booth has spearheaded the artist-run Houndstooth Label as the official label branch of the famous Fabric club in London. This spring Houndstooth presents us with a serious debut EP by obscure Manchester trio Akkord. The collective has released successful white-labels and singles, such as “Surge”, under their own namesake, and now they’ve come together to create Navigate. Steeped in low-end frequencies and elaborate breaks, Navigate is a well-rounded look into the heart of contemporary bass music. The title track comes out swinging with distinct percussive hits almost reminiscent of late 90’s Underworld.  “Compound”  layers grinding beats over moody background vibes. On “Destruction”, they tap into a more psychological vein with hints of early UK dubstep and an introspective vocal sample. The closer, “Title Sequence” is a meditative dub track that serves as a welcome come-down from the others.  In all, these new works by Akkord are another exciting peek into this year’s chapter in bass.

The Navigate EP will be released on 12″ vinyl May 13th, with the digital available a week later. You can pre-order here.

For more, check out Akkord’s set from the recent Houndstooth Boiler Room takeover:

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