Function's take on "Variance" is an ominous, affair, as a brooding bass leads the listener into an expansive, rumbling track, lent some propulsion by Sumner's trademark reverberated claps. Dettmann ups the ante on his edit of "Variance 3," with whiplash percussion and a bubbling bassline providing the necessary dance floor impetus and a succession of eerie, filtered riffs ensuring that the German DJ's interpretation is characterized by a sinister undercurrent. Last but not least is Regis's take on "Variance IV"; less dance floor friendly than the preceding edits, it's underpinned by off beats and a skewed, metallic rhythm. The echoing drums plot a path through a murky, textured soundscape.
"Variance" shows again that, like it or not, the people behind Sandwell have their own way of doing things—but this singular vision would mean nothing were it not for the alluringly mysterious music that accompanies it.