Powell Sylvester Stallone on 12" Vinyl
Powell brings it yet again with "Sylvester Stallone / Smut," his debut release on XL Recordings. This release is an uncompromising start to 2015 for the much-raved-about artist, and comes off the back of a busy year in which he released the critically acclaimed Club Music EP and double collection, 11 – 14, on his own Diagonal Records.
Powell's debut for XL distills all that energy in two visceral cuts that balance future-shocked, electronic extremity with direct dancefloor impact and playful intent. Alternating between analog and digital sources, hands-on hardware and envelope-pushing edits, it eschews tried and tested formulas in favor of calculated chaos; relishing wild unpredictability as opposed to recorded-in-one-take, grid-locked-grooves.
This single embodies the spirit of XL's founding releases, yet it ventures into new territories rather then retreading old ground. Powell has established himself among this decade's most singular, exciting artists working at the bruxist face of hardcore electronic dance music.