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".
Review: Just under two years after launching in a blaze of modular noise and out-there electronics, Athens-based label Pi Electronics has decided to set up a new offshoot, PEVA, to handle the organisation's first compilation, Variable. They say the idea is to bring together unheard tracks from label artists old and new, with additional contributions from lesser-known local artists and higher profile guest stars. The nine tracks are, by and large, forthright and intense, with highlights including the clanking, acid-flecked industrial techno of JK Flesh's "Chelmsley Wood", the buzz-saw guitars and motorik machine drums of 3.14's "GBNR17", the extreme techno filth of "Spinner" by DAS and the fuzzy, razor-sharp electro heaviness of Damcase's "INKL Rules".