Powell’s debut album Sport is out today via XL Recordings / Remote Control. It’s 14 tracks of difficult to categorise music, that draws on the spirit of punk.
1. Because it samples punk; using its sonics in a modern way.
2. Because it embraces the spirit and attitude of railing against everything else – big festival circuits, dry social media profiles and ‘music that people will like’.
However, Sport is not mindlessly aggressive.
Sport isn’t about football and athletics. It’s because Sport is a powerful word that means a lot to a lot of people, it inspires a range of emotions, it inspires devotion.
Powell says “Living this life as an artist can feel very much like being trapped inside a giant game — there are ups and downs, you’re fighting, training, preparing, performing. So this is definitely a game to me. I’m not playing ‘the game’, but I am playing a game. This is sport.”