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