PLANNINGTOROCK

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More heart-on-sleeve elec­tron­ica from Ber­lin-based pro­ducer.

On Planningtorock’s last LP, 2014’ s All Love’s Le­gal, Bolton-born artist Jam Rostron hooked un­adorned slo­gans – Misog­yny Drop Dead, Pa­tri­archy Over & Out – to highly syn­thetic, highly dra­matic mu­sic. Pow­er­house ex­pands on com­pli­cated is­sues with ad­mirable clar­ity, as lu­cid beats pool around the slow synth-pop of Tran­some or dance­floor ag­i­ta­tor Non Bi­nary Femme, sen­sual stag­ing posts in Rostron’s con­tin­u­ing ex­plo­ration of gen­der. The open-heart­ed­ness per­sists with songs about fam­ily, hint­ing at trauma (Dear Brother) or, on the ti­tle track, cel­e­brat­ing Rostron’s sis­ter and mother. Pow­er­house is a strong state­ment: gal­vanised, stream­lined, charged emo­tion­ally un­til sparks fly. VIC­TO­RIA SE­GAL Lis­ten To: Non Bi­nary Femme | Tran­some | Much To Touch

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