New from London based upstart Diagonal comes a four tracker of tough, skeletal rhythms from label boss Powell. Revelling in mechanical hooks, cold, brittle percussion and unfamiliar time signatures, Powell pursues new modes of dancefloor dread but is unashamedly indebted to the past to: (amongst others) the propulsive funk of Suicide, the linear surge of Nitzer Ebb and the uncompromising force of Mika Vainio. No Wave New York remains more of an inspiration than bass-heavy London, as does the vision and encouragement of friend and Blackest Ever Black owner, Kiran Sande.
Diagonal would like to thank Downwards boss Karl O’Connor [Regis] for his love and support and, of course, for the bleak and brilliant rework he has contributed to this first release.
A1 The Ongoing Significance Of Steel And Flesh / A2 09
B1 09 (Karl O'Connor remix) / B2 Robotics
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Some strange experiments in rhythm here on this new label with 'The Ongoing Significance Of Steel An Flesh' kicking things off with woody, tribal-ish percussion marching along in unconventional time signatures. I'm not convinced to begin with but when the other sounds enter the mix it really gets going. I much prefer '09' with it's throbbing syncopation's stripped to bare bones and coming across like Early Pan Sonic. Then Karl O'Conner (Regis) shows up on the flipside on remix duties working his magic on the EP's opening track looping up the percussion and adding some chilling synth work creating a cavernous sonic space. If you enjoyed his remix for Raime then this will surely appeal and alone is worth grabbing. Limited edition in Lazar cut hand assembled sleeves with hand numbered insert on the intial pressing.
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