The singular sounds of Powell are next up on Liberation Technologies with a three track 12″ due in June.
Powell’s Diagonal Records imprint will look outwards for its next release, with an EP from London outfit Blood Music.
Whatever you think about the notion of the hard-core continuum, there is no doubt that the electro sound pioneered by Detroit artists Cybotron, Drexciya and Aux 88 has proved to have longevity; earlier this month, this writer witnessed arguably the greatest protagonist of this music form, Gerald Donald, perform an hour’s worth of sparkling yet robotic Arpanet tracks to a rammed Dublin warehouse, while a few weeks earlier, the latest Versalife record Rate of Change appeared on Frustrated Funk.
Whatever about Powell’s debut being part of the zeitgeist, this second single sounds like it is striving to define rather fit in with the prevailing winds. Taking the industrial/drone approach to its logical conclusion, both “Have It” and “Nude” focus on malevolent, stripped back backlines and the occasional burst of white noise or disturbingly brutal bass licks. They sound primal and at times brutish, and yet both are surprisingly supple and spacious, like the breezes of air that rush in ahead of a hammer blow. They certainly make a refreshingly bleak change from the dense, gray-scale monotony that has become contemporary techno’s stock in trade.