Powell

London electronic producer Oscar Powell aims to provoke. When he asked notoriously cranky indie-rock legend Steve Albini to use an Albini sample for his 2015 song titled “Insomniac,” Albini granted permission but added, “I detest club culture as deeply as I detest anything on earth, so I am against what you’re into, and an enemy of where you come from.” Powell’s response was to use the quote on an East London billboard. He’s applied a subversive, confrontational mentality to his Diagonal Records label — the last release shipped with a bottle of hot sauce — and now his debut LP opens with a 30-second blast of abrasive noise. From there, he settles into a groove, chopping up beats and vocal samples to produce results that sound like 1990s industrial or 1980s new wave. Frankie (feat. Frankie) rides along a rubbery bass and a sample that flips the phrases “encounter culture” and “counter culture.” There are elements of rock, such as the two-chord guitar riff that pulls “Jonny” (feat. Jonny) through a briar patch of static and cool, monotone singing, or the curvy guitar lines and minimalist pummel of “Do You Rotate?”(feat. Dale Cornish), which recalls bands such as The Fall and Wire. Indeed, there’s a punk-rock abandon to Powell’s work as both a label head and musician that is hardly off-putting: It’s inviting and electric.