Taking the pleasure with the pain, [B]Piers Martin[/B] sifts through the sonic agony and sublime ecstasy of the Various pile.

Finest release yet from the consistently astounding Spymania imprint. House, techno and sample-strewn mischief collide as youths with short hair and second-hand computers tear up the rule book and try to smoke it.

Necessary or evil? MDK, Smog Carver and Steev bring the music, while Cassette Boy and Do Grin Edits provide hilarious and fiendishly clever ‘tributes’ to the stars. At times beautiful and moving, at others sick and wrong, but always headed in the right direction. 8/10

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