dance producer dares to ask Steve Albini for sample – the answer will prick up your ears…

SAteve Albini wanted to strangle Odd FuturePowell’s new single, ‘Insomniac’, has been released by XL recordings – it features a familiar voice of a world famous sound recordist who is famous for not been the slightest bit keen on sample culture and dance culture.

Powell dared to email Albini for permission to use a sample of his voice and it set off a chain of events – some expected some unexpected…

Albini replied “I am absolutely the wrong audience for this kind of music. I’ve always detested mechanized dance music, its stupid simplicity, the clubs where it was played, the people who went to those clubs, the drugs they took, the shit they liked to talk about, the clothes they wore, the battles they fought amongst each other… basically all of it, 100 percent hated every scrap. The electronic music I liked was radical and different, shit like the White Noise, Xenakis, Suicide, Kraftwerk, and the earliest stuff form Cabaret Voltaire, SPK and DAF. When that scene and those people got co-opted by dance/club music I felt like we’d lost a war. 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”.

And then the sucker punch…


“I have no problem with what you’re doing. I haven’t bothered listening to the links, mainly because I’m in a hotel with crappy internet at the moment but also because it probably wouldn’t be to my taste and that wouldn’t help either of us. In other words, you’re welcome to do whatever you like with whatever of mine you’ve gotten your hands on. Don’t care. Enjoy yourself.”




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