Ellen Allien - fabric 34
The world is Ellen Allien's canvas, and what a colourful picture she paints. Thriving on imagination and inspiration, the Berliner is continually shifting shapes and blossoming under an impressive variety of creative lights. Whether she's producing music that challenges the electronic world, or adhering to her globe-encompassing DJing schedule, managing the phenomenal BPitch Control, or designing for her unique fashion label - Ellen Allien is artistically infinite.
She began carving a path for herself after the Berlin wall came down and her beloved city opened wide to new possibilities, including the innovative techno beat that got the East and West dancing together. After her days as a disillusioned hip hopper, she was instantly hooked by techno and began a love affair with electronic music. Berlin, a city praised and celebrated for its artistic freedom, is the perfect place for a visionary like Ellen to flourish, and she wears her love of the city on her sleeve - album sleeves included. Her first artist album 'Stadtkind' ('City Child') was a tender journey into the realms of self-exploration, and her second, 'Berlinette,' gracefully experimented with digital recording, vocals and instrumentation. 'Thrills,' one of her most distinctive and influential albums, was followed by her wondrous collaboration with Shitkatapult's Apparat (Sascha Ring), 'Orchestra Of Bubbles.' Her remixes have seen her working with inventive likeminded artists, including Thom Yorke, Troy Pierce, Kate Wax and Beck. When not busy in the studio with her expressive music that still has yet to be aptly described ('electech' is the word she uses herself), Ellen is sourcing new sounds for the ever-thriving BPitch or for the many dance floors around the world that thrive on her ingenuity.
"I wanted to do an analogue mix, by hand. I used my favourite records of last year and the newest ones. I like analogue! And I like to hear how one has to manipulate the mix until it's tight. I like the mix because to me it's the ideal club mix that I personally would like to hear in a club. It's also a nice memory for me - I can remember every record being played by myself in a club. And when I now listen to the mix I can recall all the great moments." Ellen Allien
With fabric 34, Ellen Allien has created a work of art that is both timely and timeless. Every record is a complete experience in itself and this seductive mix hole shines bright with a powerful synergy. Moving and evocative, Ellen Allien has attributed human elements to the infallibly machine-like. Similar to how she manages to find pop sensibilities in the most unpopular ideas, the mix combines as many different sounds as it does contradictory elements: the music wraps warmly around speakers sounding raw yet delicate, playful yet rigorous, touchable yet entirely intangible.
1 Schubert - S1
2 Larry Heard Presents Mr. White - The Sun Can’t Compare
3 Estroe - Driven
4 Damian Schwartz - Tu Y Yo (Peros Nos Volvemos A Levantar) (Pilas Remix)
5 Don Williams - Orderly Kaos
6 Melody Boy 2000 - Sound Stealer
7 Artificial Latvamaki - It Is Now Either
8 Cobblestone Jazz - India In Me 2
9 Roman Flugel - Mutter
10 Aste/Maan - Aaltovaihe
11 Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill
12 Ellen Allien - Just A Woman
13 Ben Klock - Journey
14 Heatthrob - Baby Kate (Plastikman Remix)
15 Apparat - Arcadia