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Powell Tillmans
Spoken By The Other

Intriguing collaboration between Turner Prize-winning photographer/music-maker Wolfgang Tillmans and discordant-club-botherer Powell. Released under the name of Powell Tillmans, ‘Spoken By The Other’ is their first release together - a 12” coming out via XL, who put out Powell’s debut LP ‘Sport’ back in 2016. Tillman’s voice and Powell’s mid-range, synthetic gruff forms a complete synthesis across these six tracks. The release is limited to a one-off, 1500 copy run.
  • Vinyl 12" (XL965T)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only

New Beta Vol.2

Powell's fried acid techno makes hauntingly obtuse appearances in this ever changing, weirdly delirious long-player. At certain moments it's a merry chaos, various synth boxes spluttering nonsense into the sonic spaces; at other times it's hypnotic, understated groove, full of subtle developments and delicious tension.

New Beta Vol.1

After his debut full length for XL in 2016, Powell returns to his own Diagonal imprint with an only available on vinyl (no digital is going to be done) mini album. Powell continues to explore his own unique sound with heavy nods to rave, drum and bass, and Belgian techno. From scatty chopped electro beats to acidic squeaks and blistering speed and onto beatless electronic journeys.


Fresh from his Albiniboard is Powell, who is releasing his debut long player for XL Recordings. Sport is so named because of its nature as both a physically and mentally driven piece, described as "for both mind and body". A bit Descartes, basically, and the first single features someone from a group we love called HTRK. This should probably go down well.


2 CD compilation from the tall lad behind Diagonal. Powell’s 11-14 is a journey through all his previous and recent 12’’ singles. We have the early fried in a vat motorik pieces from Body Music, to the more hard leaning recent gear from Club Music. This comp also features Powell getting all lairy with Russell Haswell on ‘Maniac’. Get hold of some truly solid Pop music.

Frankie + Jonny

Please enjoy these tracks from the soon-arriving Powell album Sport. These versions of Frankie + Johnny are a little different though, featuring bonus vocals from Jonnine Standish out of HTRK. It feels a little funny to have human vocals appended to the hard machine-sounds of Powell, but it works a treat! 12” on XL Recordings.

Insomniac / Should’ve Been A Drummer

This, by the way, is the Powell track that samples Big Black, prompting that needlessly aggressive email from Steve Albini that ended up on a billboard. Powell fits the sample in pretty nicely, surrounding it with a pretty experimental heavy dance brew: acidic crackle all over the mix. Insomniac / Should’ve Been A Drummer is on XL Recordings. 

Sylvester Stallone / Smut

Big boy Powell delivers two new tracks ("Sylvester Stallone" and "Smut"), not for his own Diagonal Records, but for the more indie-ish XL. Perhaps signalling forthcoming crossover appeal? Let's hope so, because Powell’s tracks deserve a good-sized audience. On this 12”, Sylvester Stallone hits as hard as it ought to with a title like that, and Smut is suitably murky.

The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh

New from London based upstart Diagonal comes a four tracker of tough, skeletal rhythms from label boss Powell. Revelling in mechanical hooks, cold, brittle percussion and unfamiliar time signatures, Powell pursues new modes of dancefloor dread but is unashamedly indebted to the past to: (amongst others) the propulsive funk of Suicide, the linear surge of Nitzer Ebb and the uncompromising force of Mika Vainio. No Wave New York remains more of an inspiration than bass-heavy London, as does the vision and encouragement of friend and Blackest Ever Black owner, Kiran Sande.  Diagonal would like to thank Downwards boss Karl O’Connor [Regis] for his love and support and, of course, for the bleak and brilliant rework he has contributed to this first release. Tracks: A1 The Ongoing Significance Of Steel And Flesh  /  A2 09 B1 09 (Karl O'Connor remix)  /  B2 Robotics