London producer Powell surged in popularity with just a handful of sonically tempestuous releases on his Diagonal label and some inescapably abrasive online mixes, flexing against perceived genre limitations without falling into lo-fi self-parody. His New York debut came on Saturday, March 9, 2014 at Baby’s All Right, as part of an inspired lineup from nascent experimental electronic promoters Industry of Machines. Powell’s aggressive sampling skills were pitted against outspoken Nation label founder and superlative DJ Traxx plus local L.I.E.S. affiliates Torn Hawk. Baby’s All Right continues to take over taken over medium-sized electronic shows in 285 Kent’s absence. — By Aaron Gonsher
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