Boomkat Product Review:
Diagonal turn out Not Waving’s definitive album opus Animals, following up last year’s brazen 12” battery Get Serious with his strongest, POPulist collection of computer acid and New Beta floor fillers.
It’s by far the most diverse, expansive record on Diagonal to date, covering a broad spectrum of emotions and club sub-genus between the revving charge of his opening statement Believe, and the come-down synth catharsis of They Cannot Be Replaced; distilling all the deep-raved and giddy thrill of a night on the lash in London with a pulpy, gritty sense of dramaturgy that really makes this his first proper solo album, rather than a compatible collection of tracks.
That canny touch comes on in waves, whether creeping up in the spine with banking synth harmonies in Head Body - which could almost be Alessandro Cortini gone EBM - or sparking the bones with his tried-and-tested 24 showpiece, whereas Tomorrow We Will Kill You makes an oblique about-turn into screwed and funereal pop song-writing, before striking for your tender underbelly with acidic clout in I Know I Know I Know, and promptly cutting the lights for Punch’s dark ambient tract.
And it’s possibly in the final straight that his moniker’s reference to This Heat (he’s named after a cut from their seminal, eponymous debut LP) really manifests itself, channelling a drummer’s sensibility and studio alchemist touch in a trio of open yet tensile rhythmelodic structures - the percussive polymeter of Gutsy, the nEuro tribalism of Face Attack, and, likewise, a pHizzing nod to his label boss Powell in the stress test of Work Talk.
Seriously, it’s a cracking album. Get involved!