One of the most exciting additions to the industrial techno scene is Belgian DJ and producer Cancel, a self-acclaimed techno manipulator with firm roots in the underground of hardcore. Cancel displays a raw, straightforward, obscure shade of techno, crafted with a level of quality and complexity that defies the status quo. After fifteen years in the industrial hardcore scene, the artist behind the project felt the impulse to recalibrate his vision and delve into new forms of creation. In 2019, Cancel set out to blur the lines between techno and hardcore by reconstructing their compositions through a lens of progression. Driven by a newfound purpose, he studied the dynamics of analog and modular synthesis and designed a system to channel these influences into his productions while keeping digital components as part of the equation. It’s the hybrid approach that identifies Cancel’s distinctive sound. Cancel sheds new light on the industrial side of techno. It feels rightful to conclude that Cancel’s sound print is techno manipulation in the flesh.



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