Wednesday, February 15, 2006

2006, Part Three

Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra Of Bubbles (2006)

Ellen Allien released an incredible piece of cross-genre dance music in 2003 with Berlinette. With really, really wonderful layered and sampled vocals over fairly inspired beats, it was simply one of the most refreshing things to be released out of any electronic sub-genre. It was therefore a fairly large (although, in my opinion, overblown) dissapointment when her followup, last year's Thrills, consisted only of throw-away house tracks with little in the way of adventurousness. In my opinion, she's completely redeemed herself with this, her first collaboration with German IDM luminary Apparat. There are more vocals, yes, but even the dance tracks are infused with more unsettling sample-based life than Ellen Allien's solo attempts, thanks to Apparat's "intelligent" command over looping and sampling. If you need something to bob your head to, look for it.

Download "Way Out"

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