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New Karen Felixx: Scarlet EP

Producer Karen Felixx wastes no time messing with one’s head. The Scarlet EP comes after a pretty solid year from her, where she used pounding at at times haywire sounds to create some wonderfully jarring electronic music. On her latest, opener “Jasmine Jam” teases something relatively straightforward, before feedback creeps in and everything slows to a molasses crawl. Then everything spills out and it turns into a barbed dance track, messy but moving. And that’s Karen Felixx’s approach, warping the meditative synths opening “Dawn Drowning” into a distorted rumbler accented by vocal samples, and just pummeling away on the constricting “Rolling Stroll.” It’s far from pretty, but that’s where the charm lies. Get it here, or listen below.