The Terrifying World of Mord Records

Photo: Ansome – Penny & Pound EP

So there’s no avoiding the fact that techno is going through one of its strongest periods yet, with so much quality coming from the UK and across Europe, and that’s before we get to the superb things happening on America’s East Coast. One European imprint that for us has really stood out is Rotterdam based Mord, which despite being only eleven releases old, has consistently delivered the sort of pummelling, abrasive madness that would leave Bruce Wayne cowering in a Gotham City sewer.

Run by long serving techno deviant Bas Mooy, so far the label had housed killer releases from the likes of Lag, Radial, Charlton, Ansome and Bas Mooy himself. From the rolling tunneling sounds of its first release, Bas Mooy has seen fit to continue to explore all the avenues of carnivorous brutality and off kilter weirdness that makes modern techno great.

Bas Mooy’s pedigree is under no question, with his past works snapped up by the likes of  Mote Evolver, Perc Trax, Gynoid, Planet Rhythm, Sleaze Records and of course his other imprints Audio Assault and Arms, as his industrial strength strain of pounding techno continues to grab the scene by the balls.

The sounds of the label are matched with its over the top, austere imagery – whether its a black and white photo of a couple of turn-of-the-century hard bastards (main image), the side profile of a raven (or it might be a crow, not sure – one of those gothic birds anyway), or simply a balaclava’d menace, Mord make it clear that there’s not going to be much in the way of catchy, easy-on-the-ear material in its borders, and it’s that accentuated seriousness that makes it so enjoyable.

So far the highlights have been the superb weird vocal cut up bliss of Lag’s ‘Sama Doma’ – the record that first alerted us to the Rotterdam label. Its a stomping, strangely groovy record with ingeniously placed samples, with the Forward Strategy remix really nailing an unmistakeable, techno stomp.

Elsewhere, Radial gave us four tracks of lean, rolling cuts on ‘Linea Recta’, Charlton gave a super odd performance when he returned from a three year hiatus (which he no doubt spent refining his Tapirus alias) to deliver the brilliant ‘Chaotic Behaviour’ EP, with the creepy, bubbling synth line in ‘The Road To Emptiness’ being, for us anyway, the runaway highlight of the EP.

Recently, the ridiculously abrasive ‘Rowing Sheep Smile For The Dead’ EP by the mysterious Shards plays out as a virtually impenetrable assault through horrible, industrial landscapes, dispatched with significant skill and precision. South London Analogue Material boss Ansome made his Mord debut with perhaps the strongest EP on Mord to date, whilst hot off the press is the gritty and ruthless ‘Anomalies’ EP by fellow imprint newcomer D. Carbone.

That alongside Bas Mooy’s ‘Rage, Remedy and the Lash’ and lets not forget Paul Birken’s mad as fuck, acid-drenched ‘Executing Disapperaing Modulations’ have earmarked Mord as one of the finest in its field. It’s serious, tough, and uncompromising, which is why the likes of Blawan, Ben Sims and Exium are often found lacing their sets with the product of Bas Mooy’s horrific vision.

More on Mord Records here.

Buy D.Carbone’s ‘Anomalies’ EP here.