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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.


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Sylvester Stallone / Smut by Powell
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 02 March 2015

Now that Powell has a record out on XL, I’m going to be hideously disappointed if he doesn’t roll up to his forthcoming Shipley gig in May, driving a Bentley, dripping in gold, taking the entire audience back to his hotel room after the show for a cocaine fuelled orgy. Not that I’m not happy for them, but I always get the fear when underground artists work with bigger labels cuz nine times out of ten their style gets diluted and compromised. Hats off to the man Powell though as this pair of tracks quite easily coulda come out on Diagonal and it’s good to see XL is still connected with the rave culture of it’s early hardcore roots.

First up is ‘Sylvester Stallone’... After a stuttering loop that sounds like a jammed CD player, Powell unleashes tumbling, chunky tribal drums, gurgling acid, static/ noise and the odd cheeky fill before everything collapses and reappears with an urgent intensity. 

Underneath is ‘Chuck Norris’... Oh hang on no... it’s actually called ‘Smut’ and it’s a right old tease for the opening minute when it kicks off an almost premature climax/ rush moment making it a useful transitional DJ tool. Then it sets off into chugging EBM with crazy shit going off all over the place -- If you’re not on drugs you’ll probably either think you are, or wish you were. There’s a deranged sort of grin inducing, playful quirkiness present which will do doubt equate to a lot of good-time party vibes on many a dancefloor. 2 solid tracks that’ll freshen up any modern techno set.


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Powell - Smut - YouTube



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