Tom Hades is back, this time under the Russian imprint Korpus 9, who have had releases from Dubspeeka and Robert S (PT) recently. The DJ/producer has a gargantuan techno lexicon and is adding to it with this beat bashing EP Acrab. By definition Acrab is the star on the Head of the Scorpion and meaning, ‘the Tree of the Garden of Light ‘, “placed in the midst of the abyss.” Truly fitting as although there is fluttering brouhaha within the percussions, a sensitive melody shines through these tracks.
The Belgian is one of the locomotives in the techno scene, having released on some of the biggest labels such as Drumcode and Sleaze Records. This 4 track EP delivers that sound that is synonymous with the artist, heavy basslines coupled with catchy melodies. The EP title track comes in with an ominous synth and followed with closed hi hats. It lays a slick bassline that is immersed with ever fluctuating elements that scatter. Although the percussions are chaotic, the synths are clear and rhythmic.
After the light shines through on the first track, ‘Biham’ comes in like a warning signal. Steam emits in panicked manners and overworked pistons are reaching breaking point. Breaking point ensues and evacuated sirens bellow as you follow an inviting synth as hi hats and percussions attack from the sides.
‘Chara’ feels frantic, as if running through the last level of a PlayStation 1 game. The beat is overwrought, as a distressing organ synth stalls momentarily, before percussions and crash cymbals clout in that add so much pace: dancefloors would be in a frenzy.
Hades looks to end the EP on a bang as ‘Dubhe’ is the heaviest track on the cut. Coming in with weighted percussions and a banging beat. He adds tempo with snares before slowing it with short builds that only seem to increase the velocity every time, before one longer one comes in to tear roofs in half. If dancefloors were in a frenzy before, they’re damn near chaotic now.
Acrab EP is due for vinyl release March 29th and digitally April 4th.