The Artist/EP: Karenn, SHEWORKS004 (Works The Long Nights, 2012)
Our Review: Certainly their most defining work to date, the duo of Blawan and Pariah convey their collaborative energy and find the darkness within their hardware setup to present this six-track collection of controlled-techno-chaos. While their Karenn project stands on its own legs with a recently unveiled live show, this double pack signifies the amalgamation of what those lucky listeners would experience live. Whether that be torrid, thumping tweaks (â€œSailing Solventsâ€) or churning klaxons on a techno railroad (â€œA Room Full of Fuck All), the experience is immense in its sonic grasp. The latter half of the release ascends the tempos to something reminiscent of golden era British techno; however Karenn’s one-take live tracking turns these last three tracks into a peak-time riot at a dark club near you.
It’s astonishing, frightening and indelible in its effect on the techno psyche, and hopefully hanger-ons from the bass music world will join the dark side that Karenn has inhabited quite comfortably. –Mitch Strashnov
Sample all six songs below…