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Karen Gwyer - Rembo
2 x Vinyl LP

Karen Gwyer


Don't Be Afraid

Released: 21st July 2017 | 8 track techno album

Karen Gwyer returns to cement her reputation as one of the most individual and daring voices in dance music with 'Rembo', her first full LP for Don't Be Afraid, following a debut on the label in late 2016 with the 'Prophase Anaphase Metaphase Telophase' EP. Reflecting the sheer energy of Gwyer's improvised, undulating and unpredictable live shows, 'Rembo' captures Gwyer in her element as a techno producer not afraid to smudge both the physical and emotional edges of what we may have come to expect in the club.

Live performance is where Gwyer's ideas come into gradual but vivid fruition, with tracks often evolving over five or six shows before reaching the studio. Here, Gwyer endeavours to capture the same transcendent energy that has seen her enrapture audiences at international events such as Mutek and Unsound, and in support of contemporaries such as Laurel Halo, Kassem Mosse and Factory Floor. Throughout 'Rembo', dozens of shows and endless stolen studio hours have informed 38 minutes of uncompromising body music.

'Rembo' is a record that calls firmly to the night; an album to transport both artist and listener to dark, sweaty rooms, to shared escapism and unexpected moments of electronic transcendence. From the first note forward, on record and in the club, Karen Gwyer is an artist in total control, no matter where she ends up taking us.


A1 Why Is There A Long Line In Front Of The Factory

A2 The Workers Are On Strike

B1 Why Don't You Make Your Bed

B2 It's Not Worth The Bother

C1 Why Does Your Father Look So Nervous

C2 He's Been Teaching Me To Drive

D1 Did You Hear The Owls Last Night

D2 Yes, But I Didn't Know They Were Owls

"On Rembo, an eight-track powerhouse of deep, dense, and hugely danceable techno, Gwyer proves herself just as adept at taking Detroit’s weighty history in freaky directions."
Chal Ravens, Pitchfork
"embo is a record of overt importance for Gwyer. It’s not just a personal album, but one that develops a kinship between her audiences across the globe."
Tom Watson, Crack