A metallic feel runs throughout the album. It's sequenced beautifully, so that by the time they're pummelling you with full-on dance floor beats, you're practically begging for it. After two ruminative tracks, the techno finally hits on "3dOS," which could be the duo's quintessential track. The descending bassline feels like it's buckling under its own pressure, and at one point it simply jumps off into complete silence. It's a trick they've used before, but "3dOS" does it better, and that one-upmanship with their past material remains a theme throughout the album. From there, Akkord touch on a variety of styles—floaty dub techno ("Conveyer"), uncharacteristic slow burn ("Channel Drift"), even glitch ("Hex AD").
Akkord never lose sight of their core aesthetic, and get a surprising amount of mileage out of what seems at first like a limited palette. It's a more tightly-wound techno album than most, but that's sort of the point. Any interruption feels cataclysmic, like the little bits of drum breaks that cut free on "Folded Edge," offering up an enticing bit of unpredictability in music that otherwise feels perfectly measured. Off-the-cuff records have their appeal, but with Akkord, Synkro and Indigo prove how riveting a fastidious approach can be.