Power Station! have been delivering the shock treatment at Melbourne’s New Guernica club on a weekly basis since 2014. Decidedly ’80s in their music policy, EBM, new beat and various other dancefloor oddities mingle with more conventional house and techno sounds, but taking risks are part and parcel of what Power Station! is all about – you’re just as likely to hear a Hindi film soundtrack – as played by River Yarra last month – as you are a classic Italo cut.
Venturing into label territory for the first time last autumn, a split release from friends and residents saw their profile rise in the Northern Hemisphere, with co-founder Kris Baha in particular making appearances on the Kinfolk and Bahnsteig 23 labels. A solo effort from Kris shortly followed, but this week has seen the announcement of a brand new sub-label focused entirely on edits.
Fresh from a sophomore appearance on Bahnsteig 23, the inaugural Power Cuts 12″ welcomes Jonny 5 into the Power Station! fold where he’s joined by Multi Culti co-owner Dreems, local duo Otologic and none other than Kris Baha himself. Motorised and propulsive, electric guitar flies high and basslines oscillate on the first three tracks, but it’s the Otologic edit of Jacek Skubikowski’s ‘Los Stonogi’ that really caught our attention.