Recoil EPSubaltern Records
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A. Recoil B. Mineral
After his first appearance on Subaltern’s 'Kaleidoscope Vol.1’ with the scorching ‘Alter’, far-east sonic assassin and Back To Chill member Helktram makes his comeback on Subaltern Records with a heavy-as-stone three tracker. Each of the cuts is a dance-floor weapon which shows a different side of the Japanese mastermind’s razor-sharp production.
Opening with a crunchy guitar melody, ‘Recoil’ sets the pace of the EP: a catchy and relentless bass-line takes us on a march through forests and mountains, as distant pads and SFXs remind us to stay alert. After the first round the guitar comes back, warning us we’re not done yet. A straight hitter which will keep playing in your head long after the night is over.
The aptly titled ‘Mineral' is hard as diamond and rough as coal. This triplet juggernaut tramples systems all over the world leaving its mark on any raver who encounters it. A sinister thereminesque melody paves the way to a stripped-down beat with a militant bass riff. Skilfully executed distortion engulfs the low-end turning it into a powerful growly wobble.
A threatening melody paints the post-apocalyptic landscape of the EP’s third cut in what is Helktram’s trademark style. In this track distortion is the name of the game: an unforgiving lead matched by grimy and glitchy stabs evolves into an uninterrupted riff which carries the rhythm leaving space for the bass melody. As the title suggests, extreme caution is required when handling this blaster.
A – Helktram – Recoil
B1 – Helktram – Mineral
B2 - Helktram – Beware