West Londoner Elliott Power sees himself as neither a rapper nor a singer. But, if you listen to his debut album Once Smitten, you’ll hear spoken word and singing mixed over electronic music.
“I’m not trying to be a popstar,” said Power in a previous interview with Jocks&Nerds. “I’m looking to make good music, from perhaps a left field place.”
Once Smitten, made in collaboration with James Lavelle’s newly revived label Mo’Wax, draws from a wellspring of influences: ranging from early Björk, the Streets, Lord Kitchener and even samurais.
Tracks like Murmur, Surveillance and Built on Greed are a comment on dystopian society, set to a dark, soulful track. Elsewhere the likes of Black End and On a Windrush echo with UK garage rhythms, fit for any dancefloor.