Boomkat Product Review:
Blawan and Pariah’s Karenn speak to the managers of business techno with a masterclass in hard-working, machine-made dance music destined for big rooms. Bookending this decade along with their 2011 debut 12”, ‘Grapefruit Regret’ keeps it regular on the grinding 4/4 rhythms and virulent noise in eight cranky club knockers inspired by the last 25 years of examples from Detroit warehouses to scally-packed clubs in Yorkshire and the temples of Berlin.
They come with gristle between their teef in the grinding, soggy slog of ‘Lemon Dribble’, then lace up their stomping boots for the Stingray-esque 150bpm missile, ’Strawbs’, along with the bendy garage-techno suss of ‘Peel Me Easy’ on the first disc. The 2nd gets right at it with ‘Crush The Mushrooms’ recalling classic LFO, but pushed up 140bpm, while ‘Cloy’ deploys a non-standard 100bpm chugger, and they save the last side to knuckle out the knarzy shaft of ‘Kumquat’ and the hollow banger ‘taste Yourself’.
Proper workouts. Recommended!