Powell - Sylvester Stallone - XL (UK) 12''
Marking his highest profile release to date, following the '11-14' 2CD issue and remixes for Nico Jaar and Daniel Avery, he unswervingly sticks to his modern No Wave mission with the tumbling, ravenous rhythm and noise of 'Sylvester Stallone' and 'Smut'. Operating at the extremes of the XL's remit, the Diagonal Records captain takes a hot-wired joyride thru techno badlands, colliding a cornucopia of reference points with a Ballardian sense of visceral, descriptive pleasure. In 'Sylvester Stallone' he pays homage to his hero with a cocky swagger befit of Rocky in his prime, all rollicking drums and scything MS-20 fizz worked up to a demented, bruxist jack. Likewise, 'Smut' does the dirty with a loony grin, latching to a slower, New Beta momentum precisely spannered with shards of guitar and scalpel-sharp acid lacerations. They're easily among his most up-for-it and uncompromising joints, making for a prime introduction to a wider audience and should ratchet his discogs listing to the top page of Powells at the very least!