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.
7/10 Ant Staff review, 20 October 2016
Powell has finally got round to making his debut album, after putting out 12”s for the last five or so years and co-running Diagonal. His trademark sample littered sound is stamped all over this record, and yet it’s somewhat of a departure from purely club focussed tracks. That’s not to say there isn’t plenty of skewed club tackle here but generally speaking these tracks are less linear/ loopy than much of his previous work. There’s no shortage of crumpled up, squidy synths, blasts of noise and snatches of EBM, clattering drums and sampled vocals (spotted Mark. E Smith in there). Dale Cornish and Posh Isolation fellow Loke Rahbek join in the fun and HTRK’s Jonnine Standish pops up on a tune that sounds like Miss Kittin and the Hacker gone wrong.
Powell is clearly having a blast making this stuff, and obviously not taking things too seriously -- just check the cock rock guitar samples and cat meow’s. However, I'm finding some of it as slightly irritating as the album’s Nathan Barley style marketing campaign - the miserable old sourpuss that I am. Maybe that’s the point, as he’s clearly a bit of a wind-up merchant. The track ‘Skype’ is proper funny though - an amazing DJ rant which I think is by Traxx.
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