Boomkat Product Review:
Blawan & Pariah’s Karenn give testament to their live prowess with recordings made in techno power centres: Berlin, Rome, and Amsterdam.
Following 2018’s launch of the Voam label with the ‘Kind of Green’ EP, the Voam Club Archive is a new home for examples of Karenn in their natural habitat - rolling out headstrong, hardware-built techno in big rooms.
Up top they deliver slivers of their live shows in Berlin, taking in a filtered, churning streak of acid techno trample alongside a tension-raising payload of swarming synth dissonance and demolition job kickdrums. Down below, through coincidence or not, they sound like a bruxist Lory D special with the metallic tang and dry-humping drive of ‘Rome (Live Cut 1)’, and ‘Amsterdam (Live Cut 1)’ dials up the distortion on a bone-rattling, fleggin’ stomp heavily skooled in late ‘90s Regis and Surgeon styles.