Review: Under his arguably better known Prostitutes alias, Cleveland producer James Donadio has already released an album on Diagonal (2017's industrial techno fired "Dance Tracksz"). This set, credited to his lesser-known StabUdown Productions moniker, is an altogether different beast. While it does make use of some of his regular musical elements - slack and groovy breakbeats, 8-bit electronics, moody bass and dusty machine drums, for starters - it's a far mellower and ear-pleasing affair, with Donadio making greater use of colourful synthesizer lines, drowsy chords, deeper beats and melodies. The result is a varied and highly enjoyable album that's well worth checking.
Review: Earlier this year, Gallhammer member Vivian Slaughter delivered her first solo album, the noisy and intense "Morgenrode". Here the NYC artist dons the Viviankrist alias again for a debut outing on Diagonal. It's a decidedly dystopian affair all told, with Slaughter offering up a mixture of distorted post-apocalyptic soundscapes (see the audio air strikes of "Eleventh"), hard-wired rhythmic pieces (the mind-altering industrial throb of "Blue Iron"), mutilated IDM workouts (the fizzing electronics and tipsy lo-fi beats of "72hours"), surprisingly melodious ambient cuts ("Midnight Sun", "Out of Body", "Behind Mirror") and amphetamine-fuelled dancefloor smashers (the bombastic and eccentric "Tear").