- Words: Matt Earp
- Label: Planet Mu
- XLR8R Rating: 5/10
Jega’s first release in seven years has been nothing if not anticipated. Ranging over every possible type of music that’s come out on Planet Mu, Variance lacks clarity and originality, ultimately feeling both overdone and incomplete at the same time. There are some great moments here—the hyper-precise, skittering beats of “Kyoto,” the bloopy beat trickery of “Aerodynamic,” and the lovely “Aqueminae," reminiscent of Aphex Twin in his prettier prime. But as a double CD, it feels too stuffed with ideas, a collection rather than an arc, and too much of it has been done better elsewhere by others. True collectors may want to grab Variance, but if you’re searching for music that really grabs you, look elsewhere.
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