Review: Current heroes of the industrial techno sound here tend to focus on the industrial side of things for The Cast Project: a vinyl affair from Los Angeles based on the collective sounds from a faction of artists. They are said to gather a few artists; each of them providing several unique audio samples, clips and/or field recordings that best define their sound. They then collect the samples from each artist and redistribute them to the artists as a master pack, at which point they create a unique track. First up fellow Los Angeleno Luis Flores delivers the grinding and guttural first offering, while 138 then delivers some impressive Autechre styled IDM on his/her effort. On the flip, Dutch terroriser Bas Mooy delivers a furious and powerful warehouse techno stormer that blows the doors off as always. Finally Serbian duo Ontal deliver some more of their typically contorted takes on techno.
Review: The Athens-based Pi collective has so far used their Modal Analysis Records-backed Pi Electronics imprint to deliver a quintet of decidedly dystopian experimental techno EPs. You'll find more fuzzy fare on Variable, the label's first attempt at a compilation style, multi-artist extravaganza. Former Napalm Death member JK Flesh kicks things off with the mind-altering analogue electronics and industrial-tinged techno rhythms of "Chelmsley Wood", before Ontal drags us further into end-of-days techno territory via the layered percussion, distorted electronics and bludgeoning beats of "Mudflow". Turn to the flip for the throbbing arpeggio lines, fuzzy guitar riffs and lo-fi beats of BMSK's "Revma" and the relentless assault on the senses that is Nemmett's "Claim Your Way".