Chicks - (7:19) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sharking - (1:03) 140 BPM
Badgering - (4:09) 80 BPM
Chicks (Helm remix) - (5:53) 140 BPM
Review: Simon Pomery aka Blood Music has already put out on Powell Diagonal label - a true lesson in contemporary power electronics and steely-eyed pseudo dance music - so we knew that we'd be getting our heads battered once more. The opener, "Chicks", is a harsh and abrasive tribal dance to Lucifer, its rumbling kicks bouncing off poisonous guitar riffs, whereas "Sharking" is all hollow and beatless, pushing forth the delays and effects in favour of the noise. On the flip, however, the aptly named "Badgering" spits brain-damaging layers of machine feedback from its underbelly, the only thing holding the track together being its utter violence. There's a gorgeous Helm remix on "Chicks", where the young Pan affiliate strips the tribalism down to industrial levels and fills the canvas with a generous portion of reverb. Hotly recommended!
DIAG 022
24 Jun 15
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Rare Earth Material - (8:19) Biggest-selling track on this release
Infinite Process 1 - (0:47)
Speak Like Violence - (7:35)
Infinite Process 2 - (0:46)
Review: After two sterling bouts from Powell, the burgeoning Diagonal label turn their attention to London outfit Blood Music, led by Simon Pomery. With a distinct nod to the focused noise of Sonic Youth, and the breathless vocals of Thurston Moore to boot, Pomery is on fire on EP opener "Rare Earth Material", all throttling drums and huge chords thwacks with a cavernous quality to them. "Speak Like Violence" is a slightly less direct affair, taking a meandering course through shifting phases of squall and distortion but no less energetic en route.
DIAG 003
03 Jun 13
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Albion Pressure - (12:53) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Cut Bronze - (6:19) 123 BPM
Tephra - (4:09) 164 BPM
Review: The second of two quick releases for the Diagonal label, A Waif's Rent sees the project of Factory Floor's Dominic Butler and L/F/D/M producer Richard Smith deliver three more productions crouching in the crawlspace between techno, industrial and noise. Like the material on the O Unilateralis record, these three tracks pull no punches in terms of their sonic impact; the 13-minute "Albion Pressure" sees a gritty, pulsating synth line driven forward on a wave of insistent metallic clutter, while "Cut Bronze" employs a more subtle approach, with sub-bass frequencies placed underneath modular gurgles and a hypnotic rhythm that could be described as minimal. "Tephra" is the real killer, taking its central synth line to giddy eardrum-splitting frequencies.
DIAG 011
21 Jul 14
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Tapeworm - (12:17) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Acetone - (7:20) 133 BPM
Glass Tooth - (4:31) 83 BPM
Review: Diagonal Records continues its unstoppable run of form with the debut release of Bronze Teeth, a duo comprised of Factory Floor's Dominic Butler and Richard Smith, whose music under the L/F/D/M banner on Optimo Music and Clan Destine Trax seems similarly indebted to the heritage of Throbbing Gristle. Far from being a simple exercise in analogue fetishism however, the three-track O Unilateralis contains some of the most uncompromising tracks the label have put out to date, with the 12-minute centrepiece "Tapeworm" proving a punishing exercise in arcane synth improvisation that finds itself forming into a shambling piece of zombie techno. Both "Acetone" and "Glass Tooth" are more conventional in their attention to rhythm, but are no less likely to bend minds on the dancefloor, employing the kind of rhythms that bring Ike Yard to mind.
DIAG 010
30 Jun 14
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Murder The Masters - (7:32) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Alien Existence - (7:22) 64 BPM
Review: year or two. While the imprint was previously focussed on bringing forth his own chilling pseudo-techno jams, he's just gone and dropped a two-tracker by none other than Consumer Electronics, a lil' old band comprised of Russell Haswell, Philip Best and Sarah Froelich. Conceptual might be the wrong way to describe these jams, but they certainly have an artistic air about them, where "Murder The Masters", for example, chucks a steady 4/4 kick below a dark and sinister male monologue. The B-side, "Alien Existence" evolves it into a relatively more musical affair, where the same voice is now accompanied by a female counterpart and a further injection of drones and metallic sonics.
DIAG 019
02 Mar 15
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Vegetation - (4:09) 75 BPM
Soak - (3:57) 69 BPM
Funnel - (2:47) 79 BPM
Radiator - (4:44) 69 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Insulation - (2:52) 65 BPM
Review: Ren Schofield aka Container is back with his first release of 2016 and our favourite noise/techno fiend lands comfortably on Jaime Williams and Powell's ever-excellent Diagonal label. Title cut "Vegetation" sets the scene with a murky, swamped-out techno fuzz that sounds a little like the soundtrack to an apocalypse, a blur of the senses that is swiftly followed by the more militaristic beats of the equally fuzzy 'Soak" - what a tip! "Funnel" waves its distorted bleeps through heavy kicks and snares, "Radiator" a certified Container head banger, and the final tune "Insulation" is a broken medley of bass, drums and pure grit. Sick.
DIAG 030
06 Jul 16
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Me Czar Of The Magyars - (4:46) 60 BPM
Deep Space Woman - (4:58) 56 BPM
Drag Racing - (4:08) 75 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Moons On Titan's Seas - (6:00) 104 BPM
Let The Clubs Ring - (4:17) 101 BPM
One On Ones - (2:36) 106 BPM
Run Map - (7:06) 83 BPM
Ignition Spark - (4:19) 98 BPM
Crustacean Live - (5:01) 61 BPM
Review: Something of a landmark release for the Diagonal label here as they turn to seminal NYC no-wave troupe Death Comet Crew to helm their first album release. Titled Ghost Among The Crew in honour of the fallen legend Rammellzee, this eight track set is a landmark for Death Comet Crew themselves as it's the band's debut album! Recorded by core Death Comet Crew members Stuart Argabright, Michael Diekman, Shinichi Shimokawa and Nick 'DJ High Priest' Taylor, Ghost Among The Crew features guest spots from Nomi Ruiz of Jessica 6/ Hercules & Love Affair fame, Rapscallion (a friend of Rammellzee's) and Carolyn 'Honeychild' Coleman and truly sounds like Diagonal's description of "chewing up and spitting out fragments of soul, jazz fusion, punk and industrial music".
DIAG 006
13 Jan 14
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The Rhino Powder Of New Sensitivity - (2:41) 73 BPM
Immovable - (4:11) 62 BPM
You Are Alone - (4:01) 66 BPM
The Human Pet - (3:33) 58 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Unarmed - (4:46) 60 BPM
Clean Crash - (4:37) 102 BPM
DIAG 029
12 May 16
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Right Frankfurt (part 1) - (12:14) 77 BPM
Right Frankfurt (part 2) - (12:42) 68 BPM
DIAG 032
21 Oct 16
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Flapper That Part 1 - (9:55) 57 BPM
Flapper That Part 2 - (10:08) 84 BPM
DIAG 023
24 Jul 15
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Wabbit Trax 4 - (7:15) 129 BPM
Wabbit Trax 5 - (6:49) 131 BPM
Wabbit Trax 6 - (8:16) 130 BPM
DIAG 058
05 Oct 19
Minimal/Tech House
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Wabbit Trax 1 - (9:07) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wabbit Trax 2 - (9:48) 131 BPM
Wabbit Trax 3 - (6:15) 130 BPM
DIAG 051
05 Oct 18
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ZoZoMoNo - (6:21) 127 BPM
Dag - (4:19) 126 BPM
Cestoda's Labyrinth - (7:05) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Tap Dancing Goat Man - (5:19) 97 BPM
Played by: Cardopusher
Review: Following two inspired outings under the Bronze Teeth moniker, Dom Butler and L/F/D/M return to Diagonal with a new alias, Green Gums, and a suitably fuzzy and angular set of tracks. Opener "ZoZoMoNo" sets the tone, layering wild waves of acid atop an EBM-inspired rhythm pattern. There's more distorted electronics and thunderous low-end bounce to be found on "Dag", while "Cestoda's Labyrinth" sees them combine the worlds of acid, industrial and analogue techno in a thrillingly atmospheric, rhythmically intense way. Closer "Tap Dancing Goat Man" flips the script, slowing the tempo to a druggy chug, thus allowing their trippy electronic refrains a chance to breathe.
DIAG 020
13 Apr 15
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Oblique Axis - (0:57) 107 BPM
Let's Go - (1:17) 146 BPM
Wholly Unaware - (3:33) 89 BPM
Champagne Walk - (2:23) 112 BPM
Rave Splurge NO!se FM - (1:10) 154 BPM
Improvisation #1 - (3:08) 89 BPM
In The Air Today - (3:06) 133 BPM
Gas Attack - (3:43) 133 BPM
Interlude - (3:06) 121 BPM
Drive (Minimal) - (2:14) 67 BPM
Heavy Handed Sunset - (2:48) 75 BPM
Underwater Electronic Struggle - (3:18) 143 BPM
Confirmation Of Our Worst Fears - (2:40) 89 BPM
Hardwax Flashback - (3:25) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Broken Mantra - (2:54) 120 BPM
Extended Industry Knowledge (For Oscar) - (4:33) 133 BPM
NO!se Rave - (4:01)
DIAG 024
18 Sep 15
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Foxy - (10:00) 159 BPM
One Take Dub - (10:05) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: As 2014 has rolled on, Powell's Diagonal label has really gathered a sense of momentum and direction with its succession of releases. With the Juno office stereo still in recovery from the most excellent Shit & Shine LP Powder Horn, this new double pronged noise sermon from the masterful Russell Haswell only adds to their impressive year. Comprised of two 10-minute tracks, Double A is at times as bracing as anything else from the Haswell canon, with the scratched, spasmodic improvised sonics of lead track "Foxy" potentially capable of scaring Richard D James back into hiding. "One Take Dub No Edit" is described by Diagonal as a "flashback to a vital time when futurist Latin freestyle and industrial funk were the dancer's choice" and is perhaps the closest concession to the dancefloor from Haswell yet.
DIAG 013
20 Oct 14
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Spring Break (extended freestyle playlist edit) - (2:40)
Alternative Ways To The Truth - (2:11)
Neutrino Hunter - (5:40)
Unknown Known - (3:10)
Incalculable Harm - (2:42)
Chaos Clapping - (2:39)
Chaos Clapping Reprise - (2:22)
In Memorium Of Elph - (2:29)
Scratchy - (2:57)
Scratchy (Freeze dub) - (3:47)
Blast Beats - (4:49)
Convalescence - (2:11) Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Lakker
Review: A respected figure within the world of visual arts, which has seen him exhibit in numerous galleries across the world over the last two decades, Russell Haswell is perhaps best known for his prolific work in the realm of experimental noise. Brandishing a discography that dips back into the late '90s and features a raft of releases across Editions Mego, iDEAL and Warp. Haswell's latest solo album comes courtesy of Powell's increasingly essential Diagonal Records imprint, and sees a shift towards more overtly rhythmic material, with influences including Autechre, Aphex Twin, Adrian Sherwood and Napalm Death. As you'd expect, it's a bracing affair, and one that does a better job than most at connecting the dots between techno and noise.
DIAG 007
24 Feb 14
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Need Of Angels - (8:46) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Sleight Of Hand - (5:20) 61 BPM
A Search For New Realities - (6:55) 123 BPM
DIAG 028
04 Mar 16
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Koehler - "Incoming Enemy" - (5:16) 128 BPM
Koehler - "Incoming Enemy" (Stabudown remix) - (5:27) 129 BPM
Stabudown Productions - "Outgoing Friend" - (4:56) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Stabudown Productions - "Outgoing Friend" (Koehler remix) - (6:20) 129 BPM
DIAG 039
21 Jul 17
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218 - (1:45) 89 BPM
845 - (11:37) 63 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
932 (feat XiX) - (6:09) 63 BPM
234 - (1:48) 88 BPM
953 (feat XiX) - (5:10) 65 BPM
DIAG 017
09 Feb 15
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1073+Snare - (7:19) 126 BPM
1089s - (5:41) 125 BPM
1038 Lo Oct Short - (7:43) 126 BPM
Y - (6:08) 126 BPM
1048 - (3:49) 125 BPM
1082 S - (4:28) 127 BPM
L - (5:20) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
1070s - (6:56) 126 BPM
1759+ - (4:10) 51 BPM
DIAG 034
29 Jul 16
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Texture Foggy #01 - (5:17) 111 BPM
StepMove #01 (feat Speedy K) - (5:41) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Texture Foggy #02 - (6:14) 93 BPM
Early Mellow Darkness - (6:20) 156 BPM
DIAG 047
23 Nov 18
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German Trained Unit 1 - (0:20) 75 BPM
Neoliberal Madness Offering I - (0:53) 69 BPM
RIYL Roma - (7:49) 60 BPM
Neoliberal Madness Offering II - (0:07) 64 BPM
German Trained Unit 2 - (0:20) 75 BPM
New Bulgaria - (7:39) 60 BPM
German Trained Unit 3 - (0:20) 75 BPM
Armchair Evader - (8:25) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Neoliberal Madness Offering III - (0:07) 75 BPM
German Trained Unit 4 - (0:20) 75 BPM
Double Arm - (8:10) 60 BPM
Neoliberal Madness Offering IV - (0:07) 107 BPM
Abhaengen - (1:25) 50 BPM
DIAG 031
07 Oct 16
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Believe - (3:45) 92 BPM
Head Body - (5:27) 110 BPM
24 - (5:27) 118 BPM
Tomorrow We Will Kill You - (4:28) 126 BPM
I Know I Know I Know - (5:28) 116 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Punch - (5:47) 146 BPM
Gutsy - (3:23) 110 BPM
Face Attack - (5:35) 108 BPM
Presenza Immobile - (4:03) 120 BPM
Work Talk - (4:28) 120 BPM
They Cannot Be Replaced - (3:31) 90 BPM
28 (Digital Bonus Track) - (2:54) 99 BPM
02 (Digital Bonus Track) - (5:52) 112 BPM
DIAG 025
05 Feb 16
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Love Trance - (1:02) 107 BPM
Me Me Me - (2:50) 100 BPM
Children Are Our Phuture - (5:19) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Walk Of Shame - (3:10) 123 BPM
Where Are We (feat. Marie Davidson) - (3:43) 126 BPM
Teach Me - (3:04) 160 BPM
Forever - (3:46) 116 BPM
Her Quality - (2:58) 129 BPM
Interested/Going - (1:57) 90 BPM
Watch Yourself - (3:11) 116 BPM
Tool - (5:38) 126 BPM
Roll Along With The Pain Of It All - (3:55) 158 BPM
Review: Alessio Natalizia uncovers his new album under the Not Waving guise for Powell's Diagonal Records: a label he has become a stalwart of since the inception of his project a few years ago. The former Walls member and Ecstatic label boss follows up last year's Animals LP with another collection of contorted EBM derivatives - with a quirked-out/tongue-in-cheek approach that is evident throughout the label's entire catalogue. Fresh from a collaboration (which appears here in the form of "Where Are We") and tour with Canadian songstress Marie Davidson, the Good Luck LP features a whole heap of jagged and angular dancefloor experiments. Including the lead single "Me Me Me" of course, as well as many other highlights such as the gnarly acid-punk of "Children Are Our Phuture" or the strobe-lit ketted sing-along that is "Watch Yourself".
DIAG 042
27 Oct 17
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Me Me Me - (2:50) 150 BPM
22 Sep 17
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Where Are We (feat Marie Davidson) - (3:43) 126 BPM
01 Sep 17
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Side A - (15:06) 77 BPM
Side B - (8:11) 90 BPM
DIAG 049
01 Mar 19
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So We Went Electric - (6:39) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
No U Turn - (6:58)
Maniac (feat Russell Haswell) - (6:19)
Review: Since Powell last appeared on his own Diagonal Records label back in 2012 with Body Music, his unique mulch of post-punk textures, industrial techno and jerky no wave beats has taken the world by storm, seeing releases on The Death of Rave and Mute's Liberation Technologies imprint. While Powell's sound to date has been characterised by frenetic, seizure-inducing rhythms, Club Music sees Powell bring things down to a more mixable tempo. "So We Went Electric" is the closest thing to straight techno he's made, though the frazzled textures sound like more Evol than Regis, while the pumped up monosynths that drive "No U Turn" are anchored by an underlying beat and guitar shreds that sound as if they could have come from an old Neptunes beat left to rust. Finally, the Russell Haswell collaboration "Maniac" is as crazed as its name suggests, a shrewd piece of contorted midtempo noise-funk which combines the raw power of both producers brilliantly.
DIAG 009
12 May 14
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Body Music - (6:06)
Search - (4:48) Biggest-selling track on this release
Grand Street - (4:13)
Have It - (3:18)
Nude - (2:40)
Review: Upon release in 2011, Powell's debut The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh was of course notable for the inclusion of an edit from UK techno royalty Regis, but in truth Powell demonstrated enough of his own musical ingenuity to ensure any future Diagonal transmissions would be eagerly anticipated. Across the five tracks on Body Music, Powell further carves his own distinct sonic niche, drawing on a palette of sounds that includes drum patterns that operate outside standard rhythmic sense, odd vocal samples and textural repetition that burrows deep. The title track demonstrates this aptly, and along with tracks like the lolloping "Grand Street" could feasibly be very much at home on the Downwards DO series, while "Search" discards with percussive notions altogether, relying on droning sub bass experiments to draw you in.
DIAG 002
03 Jun 13
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The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh - (4:16) Biggest-selling track on this release
09 - (6:06)
09 (Karl O' Connor remix) - (5:27)
Robotics - (3:48)
Review: The London-based Diagonal imprint launches with the sounds of label boss Powell, who calls in some UK techno royalty in the form of Regis to contribute an edit. The EP's title (The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh) immediately suggests Regis and his bleak industrial take on techno are a significant influence on Powell, yet within the opening bars such considerations are swept aside: here we have a producer wholly intent on carving his own distinctive sonic niche. On the title track that niche sounds like a lost Mute Records demo recorded in a dank Macclesfield garage, with the hollow drums looped and stripped back to their rawest form. The introduction of a distorted, crunchy bassline that precedes the track dropping out altogether for a brief moment is sumptuous! This is joined by the dread filled drone of "09", whose reverb-laden kick drum slowly emerges from the bleak landscape to create a sense of inescapable pregnant doom; the accompanying Regis remix of "09", puts clattering breakbeats pitched way down, buried beneath a hanging synth line. The brilliant dementia of "Robotics" rounds off this most excellent of releases with bizarre stop-start drum programming and a growling bassline.
DIAG 001
03 Jun 13
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A Band - (6:48) 110 BPM
Search - (4:48) 117 BPM
Wharton Tiers On Drums - (6:56) 90 BPM
Beat - (1:31) 91 BPM
No U Turn - (6:58) 100 BPM
Rider - (6:06) 123 BPM
9 - (6:06) 118 BPM
Grand Street - (4:13) 150 BPM
The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh - (4:17) 156 BPM
Acid - (2:34) 152 BPM
So We Went Electric - (6:39) 112 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Robotics - (3:48) 150 BPM
Have It - (3:18) 132 BPM
Fizz - (7:29) 160 BPM
Nude - (2:40) 160 BPM
Oh No New York - (5:23) 150 BPM
Maniac (feat Russell Haswell) - (6:19) 100 BPM
Body Music - (6:07) 148 BPM
Review: Diagonal has been one of 2014's standout labels, bringing innovation and most importantly a sense of humour to techno across a series of releases from the Russell Haswell, Bronze Teeth and more. It is however label founder Powell's own music that set the tone for the label, and on this retrospective collection the producer collects all of his music from the past three years released on labels including Diagonal, Liberation Technologies and The Death Of Rave. If you're yet to indulge in the gristly, skewed, off-centre brand of techno Powell has been blessing us with recently, this is the ideal place to get involved with one of techno's most exciting producers.
DIAG 018
08 Dec 14
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Club Music (Ancient Methods 'Korpersaure91' mix) - (7:40) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Club Music (Ancient Methods 'Pogo Im Saurebad' mix) - (4:12) 120 BPM
So We Went Electric (Richard H Kirk main mix) - (6:36) 58 BPM
So We Went Electric (Richard H Kirk dub mix) - (6:44) 118 BPM
Review: With the label at the peak of its powers after a breakthrough 2014, one of the final Diagonal releases sees material from Powell's excellent Club Music EP treated and abused by the titan-esque figures of Ancient Methods and Richard H. Kirk. If you've seen Powell towering over some decks or heard his Melon Magic show on NTS it's likely you will recognise at least one of the four remixes here and it's hard to pick out one favourite. Ancient Methods goes all turbo-charged Nitzer Ebb on his opening Korpersaure91 remix of "Club Music" whilst the playfully juddering rhythms of the subsequent Pogo Im Saurebad effort should explain the title. Meanwhile Kirk boils down "So We Went Electric" to its barest rhythmic elements on a fizzing main mix whilst the accompanying dub is full on crazy.
DIAG 016
08 Dec 14
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Ah Yeah - (4:17) 133 BPM
Bottle Smashing - (4:39) 122 BPM
Prey - (4:43) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Rudeboy - (5:31) 126 BPM
Luv U Bruv - (4:04) 123 BPM
Hot Key Motherfucker - (3:51) 120 BPM
Reds - (4:44) 120 BPM
War Goes On - (5:50) 134 BPM
DIAG 033
13 Jan 17
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Kisses Undelivered - (4:05) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Poison The Masses - (3:23) 60 BPM
Crawl On You At Night - (2:55) 63 BPM
Sold A Decade At A Time - (3:40) 75 BPM
Review: Powell's Diagonal Records label continues to plunder it's own unique sonic path, with the label debut of Prostitutes following swiftly on from that excellent Shit & Shine EP. Prostitutes is the current creative focus of James Donadio, a veteran of Cleveland's underground music scene, whose blend of blend of primitive rhythms and industrial sonics have graced Opal Tapes and Digitalis after the project's emergence with a self titled release on the artist's own stabUdown label in 2011. Fans of Container, Metasplice and Carlos Giffoni will find much that appeals in the Prostitutes approach that is demonstrated with aplomb on the Shatter and Lose EP. Indeed we'd go so far as say there are echoes of vintage Cabs in cuts like "Poison The Masses" and "Sold A Decade At A Time". As with previous Diagonal releases great attention has been paid to the sleeve art; created by Guy Featherstone and photographer Robbie Maynard, the pair tracked down two real prostitutes off the Caledonian Road in London, and overlaid their pictures on top of each other to create the striking, if disturbing, cover.
DIAG 005
04 Nov 13
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Crawl In From Broadway - (7:45) 136 BPM
Dollars To DMs - (4:13) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Lovers Run Camp Africa - (8:52) 66 BPM
Side Effects Of Living - (3:50) 135 BPM
DIAG 015
02 Dec 14
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Heavy Handed Sunset (Autechre Conformity version) - (5:42) 60 BPM
Hardwax Flashback (Powell Cov Megamix) - (4:56) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Gas Attack (DJ Stingray Atropine mix) - (5:48) 69 BPM
Review: After he dropped his 17-strong opus to Diagonal back in September, maverick noise botherer Russell Haswell gets bothered himself by a strong cast of other ne'erdowells from the outer reaches. The stars of the show are Autechre, who turn in something quite unusual for the occasion with a brutally reduced, interference reveling "Conformity Version" of "Heavy Handed Sunset". Label boss Powell brings some of his future-EBM stylings to his "Cov Megamix" of "Hardwax Flashback", while DJ Stingray does a fine and confrontational job in reworking "Gas Attack". It's a powerful collection of fringe sonic studies that manage to make experimentation lots of fun.
DIAG 027
04 Dec 15
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The Surface Is Unrevealing - (2:52) 157 BPM
First In Man (Williams mix) - (5:16) 133 BPM
Worsening Daily - (4:03) 133 BPM
Special Long Version (feat Sue Tompkins - Demo) - (9:59) 133 BPM
Let Suffering Become You - (2:44) 133 BPM
Review: We're not gonna lie when we say that we absolutely love Russell Haswell. The UK industrial misfit is among the few who can truly bring the heat in pretty much any situation he's in, or on any record he's unleashing his deathly twists of distortion on. Over recent years, he's struck up a winning partnership with Diagonal boss Powell, and together they've now racked up plenty of releases and DJ sets, both bashing out the hard gear on a constant basis. Haswell is back on Diagonal here, coming through with five harsh, penetrative tracks under the umbrella of Respondent. While none of these tunes could be classified as traditional techno, or even 'dance' music, they do contain enough movement to appeal to a very specific sort of DJ - the ones with the most cojones! This is classic Haswell material at its most cavernous. Recommended.
DIAG 043
02 Feb 18
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The Wild Horses Of The Revolution Have Arrived Without A Knight - (8:36) 70 BPM
Central Crisis Management Cell - (5:05) 93 BPM
Painful Memories From The Past Need To Be Acknowledged - (4:06) 69 BPM
Dancing On The Head Of An Eagle - (6:21) 70 BPM
He Worked With His Eyes Lowered - (3:33) 93 BPM
Starting Something You're Not Able To Finish - (3:53) 76 BPM
Diplomatic Cocktail Circuit - (5:19) 80 BPM
DIAG 055
06 Dec 19
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Hot Shovel - (3:42) 76 BPM
Chklt Shk - (8:06) 65 BPM
Excess, Laziness, Egotism - (4:20) 65 BPM
Long Island City - (4:05) 62 BPM
Dodge Pot - (8:22) 66 BPM
I Hate This Fucking Machine - (5:35) 62 BPM
Have To Believe - (1:13) 62 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Fuck That - (2:10) 60 BPM
Stop Saying Awesome - (2:11) 77 BPM
Played by: Spatial
Review: Craig Clouse's Shit & Shine project is more wild, fun and free-spirited than your average industrial inspired, noise-obsessed outfit. This is due, in part, to the project's ever-changing cast-list of drummers, some of whom come to the fore on the amusingly titled Total Shit. It's the outfit's first album for Powell's Diagonal label, and giddily rushes between bombastic fusions of Stomp style percussion and wonky industrial techno, EBM influenced eccentricity, madcap post-disco funkiness (the brilliantly cheeky "Long Island City"), mutant electro (the bizarre but brilliant "I Hate This Machine"), crackpot experimentalism, and tracks that gleefully slither free of genre categorization. In other words, it's a hugely entertaining, imaginative affair, jam-packed with tracks that get better with every listen.
DIAG 035
03 Mar 17
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You Were Very High - (12:29) 93 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Figure This Shit Out - (10:01) 80 BPM
Take You Some Time - (6:24) 88 BPM
DIAG 046
14 Sep 18
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Blowhannon - (5:35) 60 BPM
Value - (4:03) 57 BPM
Shower Curtain - (5:17) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Dixie Peach - (3:44) 60 BPM
Played by: Cowboy Rhythmbox
Review: Fronted by Texan musician Craig Clouse, Shit and Shine's skewed combination of primitive techno, industrial, noise and classic garage rock has gained them a significant live reputation, bolstered by their intimidating array of releases, predominantly arriving on the UK-based Riot Season label. Their thick-set musical style makes them an ideal candidate for a release on the Diagonal imprint run by Powell, and like his music, this eponymous EP takes a similarly skewed take on the dancefloor; "Blowhannon" is like vintage Cherrystones with added disco muscle, "Value" throws raw rhythms into a gravel filled washing machine and "Shower Curtain" combines a deeply sleazy sense of funk together with ethereal delay; most visceral is "Dixie Peach", a swollen morass of steroid pumped bass which is in fact an edit of Theo Parrish's "Synthetic Flemm". Big tip on this one, no matter what your musical preferences are...
DIAG 004
30 Sep 13
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Hiss - (4:26) 164 BPM
You Can't - (4:18) 110 BPM
Pearl Drop - (5:30) 130 BPM
PG 13 - (6:04) 133 BPM
Blowhannon - (5:35) 120 BPM
Who's Your Waitress - (6:46) 52 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Value - (4:03) 114 BPM
Astro's Hat - (5:55) 122 BPM
Acid Minor - (4:22) 134 BPM
Bingo - (6:04) 89 BPM
Shower Curtain - (5:17) 121 BPM
Spray Bottle - (5:28) 143 BPM
Review: Yes! Powder Horn is the result of Powell's Diagonal label coaxing a new album's worth of material out of Shit & Shine, the masterful project of Texan musician Craig Clouse. Whereas previous Shit & Shine material has seen Clouse working with other musicians, this album is purely his own work and delights on so many levels. It's fairly hard to accurately surmise how this nine-track album sounds such is the range of styles covered though Diagonal's description of Powder Horn as a raucous collection of 'deviant funk, wiry disco and burnt-out acid' is pretty on the money. Perhaps it's best to describe it as everything (and more) you'd expect to hear in a Powell DJ set with "Pearl Drop" and "PG13" particular standouts.
DIAG 012
25 Aug 14
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Mission - (5:41) 140 BPM
Mammal Combination - (4:10) 116 BPM
Holy Drums Are Singing - (10:16) 97 BPM
Holy Drums (dub) - (10:24) 97 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Saturday Mourning - (8:04) 66 BPM
DIAG 014
10 Nov 14
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Modality Transporter - (5:02) 78 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Brass Tacks - (3:43) 93 BPM
Atomic Hypocrisy - (8:06) 74 BPM
Trans Force - (5:21) 75 BPM
Pipe Dreams - (6:45) 72 BPM
Alpha Terrain Of Disease - (4:35) 88 BPM
Pseudo Scholastic - (7:15) 85 BPM
DIAG 054
26 Apr 19
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Shimmering Bomb - (1:23) 115 BPM
Teenage Scream Dreamer - (3:17) 120 BPM
Lean Brute - (3:31) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Wizard Upholstery - (3:43) 60 BPM
Totally Coral Reefer - (3:21) 55 BPM
Neu Ogre - (4:28) 61 BPM
Phased N Diffused - (3:47) 67 BPM
Warm Woods - (4:01) 61 BPM
Pool Jumper - (3:13) 122 BPM
Koln Alone - (3:14) 115 BPM
DIAG 048
08 Feb 19
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Ooze - (11:19)
Ooze (Silent Servant remix) - (6:56) Biggest-selling track on this release
Played by: Dva Damas
Review: The project of Nation and L.I.E.S. artist Beau Wanzer and White Car's Elon Katz, Streetwalker first appeared with the Ooze cassette on Catholic Tapes back in 2011, before releasing the excellent Future Fusion LP on Minimal Wave sister label Cititrax last year. Diagonal boss Powell has long hinted at the idea of a Streetwalker release on his label, so fans of not-paying-hiked-up-Discogs-prices-for-cassettes will be very happy to see the title track from that 2011 cassette re-released. Apparently recorded using a "a rare E-mu modular system and a home-built light-sensitive synthesiser", the primal iteration of Streetwalker shown on "Ooze" is more unhinged than their subsequent Cititrax LP and feels perfectly at home here. There is also a rather fine rework from Silent Servant which adds haunting overtones that will be familiar to anyone that's caught the Jealous God founder live recently.
DIAG 008
17 Mar 14
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IV Cheeks - (2:45) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Limitless Light - (3:11) 120 BPM
Quicksilver Lips - (4:03) 120 BPM
Unbreakable Pulse - (2:22) 90 BPM
Molten Gold - (3:03) 135 BPM
Dozen Cocktails - (5:23) 135 BPM
DIAG 040
02 Mar 18
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Eleventh - (6:36) 77 BPM
Blue Iron - (5:13) 55 BPM
72hours - (3:22) 109 BPM
Midnight Sun - (4:55) 79 BPM
Insects - (4:55) 74 BPM
Tear - (3:50) 100 BPM
Out Of Body - (5:00) 65 BPM
Behind Mirror - (5:26) 75 BPM
Nails - (5:44) 59 BPM
DIAG 053
07 Jun 19
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Dread Risk - (6:16) 159 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
U-Eff-O - (6:24) 131 BPM
DIAG 037
31 Mar 17
Drum And Bass
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