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Planningtorock – aka Jam Rostron – is a Bolton-born Berlin-basedsinger- song writer, composer, producer and director with three criticallyacclaimed studio albums of left-field dance to their name – not tomention various collaborations, Opera’s, film scores and remixes. A self-taught, non-binary, genderqueer musician, they’ve spent a decade plusqueering sound and vision as Planningtorock.Planningtorock debuted in the Noughties with 2006’sHave It All [ChicksOn speed], finding artistic community among fellow DIY outliers andgender outlaws such as Peaches and The Knife. Their sound – tense,spellbinding dance music with classical flourishes, unexpected brassand pitched-down vocals that have become Planningotorock’s signaturehave earned them a dedicated following.W, Planningtorock’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut on DFA, revealed avisionary and politicised producer. It offered up deeply queered art-pop– 2 0 1 4 ’ sAll Love’s Legal(“a masterclass in left-of-centre dancemusic”, Mixmag), released on Rostron’s own imprint Human Level withbanner-ready slogans (‘Patriarchy Over And Out’, ‘Let’s Talk AboutGender Baby’), revealed their ability to combine pop-oriented musicwith a political message.Plannintorock’s new albumPowerhouse is their most personal recordyet: emotionally-charged, biographical anthems drawn from Rostron’slived experiences as a non-binary genderqueer artist, experiencesaround family, identity and music itself. Recorded across Berlin, London,New York and Los Angeles,Powerhouseis a celebration of liberation, agroove-filled record that sees Rostron consolidating power bothpersonal and artistic into queer pop.