Antigel Festival, Genève
Since co-founding the Diagonal label in 2011, Powell has established himself as a serious talent with a penchant for the angular and unusual. XL Recordings seems to agree, as they've snapped up the producer's hotly anticipated debut album. As you might expect, it's built around the producer's distinctively fuzzy synthesizer motifs, industrial production style, punk attitude, and a variety of dystopian dancefloor rhythms. Crunchy guitar lines mingle with odd vocal samples, while mutant synth melodies combine gleefully with skittish beats and freakish, modular electronics. It's the kind of thing you'd have expected to hear from '80s industrial giants such as Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire, but with a thoroughly contemporary twist.