Our House Music (DJ Tasaka remix) - (6:11) 120 BPM
Review: Japanese techno legend DJ Shufflemaster is back and he's certainly still got it. The guy always had a sense of humour in everything he did and still does, teaming up with the equally legendary booty house don DJ Funk for "Our House Music" a soulful and emotive deep house stomper for the main room packed full of Funk's parochial yet epic monologues. Tokyo's DJ Tasaka lends a hand also to give the track a deep, acid house remix that stays true to the Windy City theme quite splendidly.
Review: This is Ellen Allien's eighth studio album, but she shows no signs of losing her edge, Right from the get-go on Alientronic, the listener is presented with the swirling ambiance of "Empathy", followed by the spiky electro of "MDMA". Fans of the Bpitch Control owner's heady techno will not be disappointed either, thanks to the inclusion of the frazzled "Bowie In Harmony" and "Love Distortion". "Electronic Joy" is also centered on the dance floor, but it sees Allien re-kindle her love of dense tribal techno, while "Free Society" revisits the glory years of German techno-trance. It serves to underline the fact that Allien's productions still have an edginess not tainted by the passage of time.
Review: The third set of remixes of tracks from Ellen Allien's Nost album feature an in impressive cast; first up is Detroit legend Alan Oldham. Known for his releases as DJ T-1000 and his iconic art for labels like Djax, this Motor City legend doesn't disappoint with his take on "Jack My Ass". Insistent, menacing chords swarm in over tough, dubby beats and driving percussion. It's not as intense as his DJ T-1000 work, but still packs a mighty punch. The Amotik take on "Mind Journey" ups the ante further with a slamming rhythm and wild tonal bleeps. In contrast, Eomac?s take on the same track is an eerie, slow motion affair, led by ghostly synths and rumbling drums, while on XDB's version of "Call Me", rolling house drums underpin sensuous vocals and spiralling acid lines.
Review: Bpitch owner Ellen Allien hands over tracks from her recent Alientronic artist album to be reworked. Apart from a new edit of "Love Distortion", which sees Allien remain focused on a pulsating groove, this is a collection of harder-edged interpretations. Terence Fixmer delivers a searing industrial take on "Distortion" which features noisy riffs, while on his version of the same track,
Introversion delivers a bruising, pummelling remix that has echoes of vintage Joey Beltram. Last but by no means least is the Regal remix of "Electronic Joy", which sees the fast-rising techno producer fuse merciless thunder claps with eerie vocal samples to create a dystopian masterpiece.
Review: Ellen Allien proves that she is one of techno's most prolific and creative producers with the release of Auraa. It starts off with the teased out, hypnotic "Hello Planet Earth (Breath mix)" before the Bpitch boss drops "In Music I Trust", whose tough, utilitarian rhythm and warbling acid line also features a dreamy vocal sample. "Walking In The Dark" and "Confusion" both explore similar territory, with punchy drums and driving rhythms offset by crystalline melodies on the former and a repetitive vocal snatch on the latter. Meanwhile, recent single "True Romantics" recalls 90s techno, as Allien delivers a pummelling arrangement peppered with warbling acid lines.
Review: With a musical history that stretches all the way back to the early 90s, it's no surprise that Bpitch owner Ellen Allien has chosen to revisit the primal stomp of Chicago techno artists like Robert Armani and Mike Dearborn as inspiration for "True Romantics". Of course merely trying to copy a sound wouldn't be the veteran DJ/producer's style, and she covers this Djax-style tough rhythm with jittery, tranced out keys. There are no such niceties on "Hello"; instead of musical elements, Allien decides to drop a rough 303 line that runs riot over pounding kicks and a visceral rhythm.
Review: It's been a few years since Sunil Sharpe last released his smartly crafted high-octane techno. Perhaps surprisingly, he has chosen Bpitch Control as the imprint to make his comeback on, and Ellen Allien's label is to be lauded for putting out Etaci. Though it may be tougher than the usual Bpitch fare, this four-tracker nonetheless exudes smart and skillful production at every bar. It also underlines the fact that Sharpe has developed a highly distinctive style. Dissected vocals and a relentless bass collide gloriously on the title track and Timber" sees the Irish DJ/producer draw on bleep techno and hardcore influences to deliver a track that's as impactful as a right hook to the jaw.