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- Untitled by Powell
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Powell makes a welcome return, having caused a stir with a couple of very well received 12"s for his Diagonal label. This untitled 12" is the second release for the fledgling The Death Of Rave imprint and follows an LP from Mark Leckey.
It's kinda business as usual here for Powell, channelling / sampling post-punk and translating the energy into a more linear techno framework. Opener 'A Band' is quite the groover with punchy beats and a techno throb filtered through the energy and spirit of punk-funk. It effortlessly smudges the lines between the organic and synthetic. A right old ass-shaker. There's a vocal snippet in there too which may well be identifiable to the more astute ears out there.
'Acid' is a all fizzing and warbling machine oscillations while 'Rider' doff's it's cap to Alan Vega and Martin Rev's Suicide with a big minimal throbbing bottom end and then lots of samples of twanging and drums and a cool "Zombie" vocal sample. Again the way the source material is integrated with the newer sound fits brilliantly.
'Oh No New York' as the title suggests pays tribute to the Big Apple's No Wave hero's . Here the percussion is highly infectious with a bassline that has a distinctive almost tech-step flavour. I think it's fair to say this chap has his thing going, and although his influences are clear to hear there really is no one out there that I know of piecing these elements together so expertly and creating something that encompasses EBM, post-punk, techno, no-wave etc. and manages to cobble together vibrant tracks with dancefloor savvy that feel fresh and make you wanna get on down. Sure in a sense he does rely on a formula but if it aint broke don't fix it. Top marks.
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