I’ve been looking to purchase a record called “DeepChord vs. Octal Industries – Arrival / Departure” for a while now. It’s quite a rare disc, limited to 100 or 200 copies I think. I fancy the translucent orange pressing, but they’re a bit thin on the ground at the moment (
After the release of that particular record, DeepChord branched out and became the defacto dub-techno 2.0 act of 2011, with releases on major labels and the occasional interesting track (check out DeepChord HR-01!). Octal Industries on the other hand, seemingly disappeared into nothingness. – remembered only by sad techno heads with the 192kbps scene ripped MP3 (i.e. me).
As it turns out Octal Industries didn’t disappear as much as he pulled out of the scene to work on an album and a new disc. When I found this out I was optimistic, I snapped up the disc without as much as a listen to the previews. Therein lies my mistake.
Octal Industries “Himinglæva” isn’t a bad record, it’s just utterly unremarkable. Boring, even. Mr. Industries has forgotten that we loved the popping little beat that underpinned his most recognisable release, and instead has focused on dropping us into a reverb chamber of vst synthesis and unrealised ideas.
Monotonous and dull sounding, totally forgettable. Still, the packaging is very nicely done.