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ARTIST
TITLE
Recoil EP
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
SUBALT 023EP SUBALT 023EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
12/6/2019

After his first appearance on Subaltern's Kaleidoscope Vol.1 (SUBALT 013EP, 2017) 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 dancefloor 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 you 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 you that you'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, Theremin-esque melody paves the way to a stripped-down beat with a militant bass riff. Skillfully 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, "Beware", 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.