Powell and Wolfgang Tillmans announce collaborative project on XL Recordings


On 16th November, XL Recordings will release Spoken By The Other, the first EP by Powell Tillmans, a collaboration between London-based electronic musician Powell and Turner Prize-winning artist/musician Wolfgang Tillmans.

After 25 years away from music-making, Tillmans began releasing his own vocal-led electronic tracks in 2016, with a series of EPs and collaborative visual mini-albums, with one track closing Frank Ocean's Endless album. Powell has been releasing radical machine music since 2011, both on XL and his own label Diagonal. Following their 2017 collaboration on Tillmans' video for Powell's track 'Freezer', the two artists decided to start making music together, with Tillmans' vocals working in tandem with Powell's synthetic processes.

“I think a lot of Wolfgang's work is to do with vulnerability", Powell explains of the duo's recording process. "He's never been afraid to express that, or highlight it, or lift it up as something worth showing. Recording the EP was almost the process of losing the expectations that might be placed upon myself. People have described it as a vulnerable record, and that transparency and honesty is how I felt making it."

Watch the video for 'Feel the Night' below:

Spoken By The Other tracklist:

1. Feel the Night
2. Tone Me        
3. Doucement        
4. Speak Out (Version)        
5. Rebuilding the Future
6. 445

Spoken By The Other is out 16th November via XL Recordings, pre-order it here.