When British producer Powell reached out to famed recording engineer Steve Albini to clear a vocal sample from one of his earlier Big Black songs, he had no idea what kind of reply was in store. Albini sent what is a now-publicized rant about the state of current dance music. Despite ultimately granting clearance of the sample (without even listening to the material, we might add), Albini took the opportunity to unload his musical frustrations on Powell in the form of a lengthy hate letter.
Read Albini's email below...
“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. 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.”
Powell ultimately saw the letter as a marketing tool, taking out a billboard and posting its contents for all to see as a promotional campaign of the upcoming single "Insomniac."