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, or managing the phenomenal BPitch Control, or designing for her unique new fashion label - Ellen Allien, a veritable force to be reckoned with, 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 beat that got the East and West dancing together: techno. After her days as a disillusioned hip hopper, she was instantly hooked by techno's allure and fell deep into a wild love affair with electronic music and machines. Berlin, now 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,' arguably one of her most distinctive and influential albums to date, was most recently followed by her wondrous collaboration with Shitkatapult's Apparat (Sascha Ring), 'Orchestra Of Bubbles.' Her latest 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 excitedly sourcing new sounds for the ever-thriving BPitch or for the many dance floors around the world that crave her diverse sonic 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."
As with everything else she touches, on Fabric 34, Ellen Allien has imaginatively created a work of art that is both timely and timeless. Whereas every record is a complete experience in itself, this seductive mix as a whole shines bright with a powerful synergy. Moving and evocative, Ellen Allien has attributed human elements to the infallibly machine-like; it's almost possible to hear poetry in wordless music as each instrument sings a heart-pulling love song to the beat. 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.