Known to play on the stripped-down tension and brutal beauty of foundational techno, Blawan has been turning out savant, industrial-grade stompers for nearly a decade. Part of a wave of young British producers who show a deep appreciation for modular synths as exploratory sound design tools and live instruments, this techno titan has a natural fluency for rhythm—whether straight, stridently syncopated, or swinging somewhere in between.
British-born, Berlin-based producer and DJ Jamie Roberts, also one-half of UK techno duos Karenn (with Pariah) and Trade (with Surgeon), and as solo aliases Kilner and Bored Young Adults
Blawan: Many Many Pings (2019), Wet Will Always Dry (2018); Karenn: Grapefruit Regret (2019), Kind of Green (2019)
Prior to settling on his no-nonsense techno orientation, Blawanbriefly toyed with Brandy’s nineties R&B jam I Wanna Be Down, resurrected as the gleefully crunchy Getting Me Down, voted Resident Advisor’s track of 2011
Montréal: 2020, 2019