Review: Since coming into market only in 2016, Dimitris Doukas' Restive Plaggona has had enough of an effect on the scene to warrant him an impressive nine albums, three of which have been pressed to vinyl and six straight to cassette. Taking inspiration from Vatican Shadow's infamous projects on Hospital Productions, Plaggona's sounds are deathly and menacing in every way, utilising the darkest corners of industrial and power electronics to precipitate the listener into an endless spiral of doom and gloom. Side A of Leaving The Body wastes no time in unleashing its aerial bombardment onto the speakers, all wrapped up in a raw analogue fuzz, whereas Side B strips some of the terror back to make room for deeper, more psychologically-inclined techno beats that are still nowhere near the sort of 4/4 you'd hear in clubs. This is heavy gear, and only fit for those of a certain disposition. If you fall under that category then it's safe to say that you've found what you need.
Review: Noiztank co-founder Zosima has been surprisingly quiet of late, with his last release of note - the suitably intense and dystopian "Apropos Of The Wet Snow" - dropping back in 2017. As the title suggests "Live Cuts I" is made up of fuzzy, lo-fi workouts that were recorded to tape during live shows in Madrid, Berlin and Vienna. All four are suitably atmospheric and spontaneous in feel, in keeping with the producer's sweaty, hardware-driven performances. What you get is full-throttle industrial techno full of head-mangling distorted drums, rhythmic white noise and - on the clandestine "LC3" and paranoid "LC1" - a sliver of wild-eyed melodic intent. Not for the faint hearted, but well worth your attention if you like your grooves raw, ragged and full-throttle.