The dance music world has been fixated on the mysterious Deathpact from the moment the mysterious producer’s name — and a series of coded, cryptic messages — began circulating all over social media. Speculation ensued as more odd clues like dial-in numbers and lockboxes began surfacing; many posited the new act was Madeon, and others questioned his relationship to REZZ, who seemed to be in on the surprise. Now, its debut EP, Cipher 1, is finally out, along with the final piece of the puzzle that will help pinpoint his identity.
Akin to previous snippets from the enigma, Cipher 1 is an intense, futuristic listen that fashions a dystopian landscape within the mind and shakes one to their core with its robotic synth accents. It wades through the darkness, driven by chunky basslines and percussion, until the final track is reached: “Circadian.” It is here that Deathpact followers can unlock a final clue as to who this new musician really is — if they’re strong enough to make it to the end of the record, that is.