|ELLEN ALLIEN – DUST REMIXES (BPC233CD)|
| ARTIST: ELLEN ALLIEN
TITLE: DUST REMIXES
FORMAT: CD / Digital
CAT NR.: BPC233CD
EAN CD: 880319507526
| It’s been over half a year since Ellen Allien’s album “Dust” first saw the light of night. And since then it has been impossible to get away from the strangely glittering fairy dust that graced the album’s cover. On your skin, your clothes, in your nose, and above all, in your ears. “Dust” truly left its mark. Anyone that had anything to do with techno in 2010 couldn’t avoid experiencing Ellen’s most personal and without a doubt most mature reflection of her own being, a sparkling gem full of pop appeal and unexpected twists and turns. And why would they want to? It unites many facets into one – although the album, which was produced together with Tobias Freund (whose projects include “tobias.”, “Pink Elln”, and “Sieg Über Die Sonne”), is extremely diverse and wide-ranging, it is also a coherent impression of a singular personality. A snapshot of an artist who was one of the first to begin hammering Berliner Techno into stone, and since then has worked tirelessly at molding and shaping its perfect form.
So it really comes as no surprise that these remixes are just as impressive as Ellen’s original LP thanks to the multiple perspectives they provide. Placing the tracks in different (yet well-selected) hands was supposed to be a simple experiment, but what was originally intended to only be released digitally ended up being so impressive that a decision was made to turn it into the tactile experience of a silver disc. The result is thirteen adaptations of the material on “Dust” which transition between multiple varieties of House, Techno, Disco, and Ambient as if the idea of different categories never existed. Here, a rigid structure takes a backseat to creative freedom. The artists selected for this project come from completely different stylistic camps, and can without a doubt be referred to as key players in today’s club sound. The innovators. The musicians’ musicians. The secret stars.
This compilation offers a total of thirteen tracks which each present a different, individual idea of what the word remix means. The storied art of taking pieces of something already available and creating something new. And the result is definitely quite impressive. The remixes which stand out the most are probably the incredible cover of “Flashy Flashy” by Nicolas Jaar, this season’s soul house brother, the remix of “Should We Go Home” by John Roberts (debut album entitled “Glass Eights”, released by Dial, 2010), as well as the remix of Ellen’s pop song “You” by Munk, from the Munich-based label Gomma.
01. My Tree (Ripperton's Backlash Remix)
02. Dream (Bodycode Remix)
03. Huibuh (Adultnapper Remix)
04. Flashy Flashy (Nicolas Jaar Remix) listen here 05. Sun The Rain (Tim Hecker Remix)
06. Should We Go Home (John Roberts Remix)
07. Ever (Aux 88 'Black Tokyo Remix')
08. Flashy Flashy (Fabrizio Maurizi Remix)
09. Searching (Shonky Remix)
10. Schlumi (Camea's 'I'm in the neighborhood' Remix)
11. You (Munk Remix)
original vocals by Ellen Allien, co produced by Tobias Freund, percussions by Miguel Toro
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|CHAIM – ALIVE (BPC230CD)|
| ARTIST: CHAIM
FORMAT: CD / Digital
CAT NR.: BPC230CD
EAN CD: 880319494925
02. U & Eye feat. Meital De Razon (Album Version)
Digital Bonus: Don't Shout
| Chaim Avital's seductive house sound with its subtle Oriental flavour has been enchanting dance floors around the world for several years. On his debut album “Alive” his music becomes all the more universal: with a unique ear for suggestive melodies, the musician from Tel Aviv shapes these euphoric moments of club music into absorbing pop songs. They burst out of the club doors and ring out of radios and headphones. With the opener “Rain” we feel a soft, summer rain showering over us; the melodies glisten like the sun's rays piercing a cloudy sky. Then comes “U & Eye”, which will be the first single release. The intimate voice of Meital De Razon strikes immediately at our hearts. We are astounded by the coldness of the beloved, who doesn't answer the prayers of her admirer. This drama is offset by the piece's playful bassline. In “Everything” our hero visits the club to meet with some soul mates. With its glittering strings and vehement chords, you can feel the longing bursting from the chest of this primal club track. Bass lines run through your body like lightning strikes; the vocals are serious and insistent. Only the club legend Snax has the answer: he unravels these knotted emotions in the old-school-inspired “Wish”. “Love Rehab” depicts an encounter between the deep, erotic voice of a French Casanova, ripened by his years, and the celestial chant of a love goddess lost in reverie. “I ain't gonna miss you no more,” she explains. He can only answer, “J’ai compris.” With its unrestrained, Balearic voices, “Runaway Frequencies” carries us away from the pulsating rhythms of the city to a far-off, boundless beach horizon. In “Don't Shout” we can still feel the warmth of the sun on our skin, and yet the bass line is already pumping in deep breaths. Oriental sound textures, wah-wah sounds, cracking snares and vocal snippets send out a dance floor roll-call. At this point Chaim is able to create out of all that has gone before: in “Who Said What” his gaze wanders over mellow, graceful sounds. In the equally laid-back “Naturalness” warm claps and smooth melodies blend into a trippy house number. The album steers its course towards the musician's Storm and Stress period at the start of his career with “Popsky” from his first release: here, raw drumming and electrifying textures trigger rave-like moments of ecstasy. Chaim bids us farewell amongst the lively babble of “People Can Talk”, which features the pulse of a hypnotic bass line. “I need you to love me,” says an assured voice – before adding a more doubtful, “Can you hear me?”
Chaim's tracks and songs are the result of fifteen years getting to know and work with music and the emotional worlds it opens up. In the mid-nineties electronic sounds used to sweep unexpectedly into the young Chaim's bedroom. People were partying out in the open, right next to his parents' house outside of Tel Aviv. The bouncers could hardly stop this beguiled teenager from getting into the parties. He recalls: “At that time the rave sound in Israel was more melodic and housier than in Europe and the USA. This euphoric music has been forgotten nowadays. The musicians from back then are no longer active, but they still inspire me to this day.” The electronic sounds captured the young Chaim's imagination; he soon developed a taste for a hard, raw sound and became completely absorbed in this intense music. It was a great surprise when he had another musical revelation when visiting New York in the late nineties. The city's warm, soulful house music enraptured him: “This sound had a physicality that was new to me. It was during this time that I decided to become a musician.” Chaim first got down to business a few years later. A friend sent some tracks to European labels and his very first record was a success. Soon renowned international labels were lining up. With his infectious grooves and emotional electronic sounds, Chaim took the crowds by storm. Now the musician has staked his place at the world's most prominent clubs and festivals. After a series of influential releases and a successful collaboration with house superstar Guy Gerber, Chaim decided to sign to BPitch Control. “BPitch is completely open to engage with my music in all its individuality.” With regard to the album, fans will be astonished at the rate at which his music is developing. “Alive” also signals a change in the way Chaim regards his work: “Now the term ‘producer’ seems too technical. For me it's about melodies, about songs. I make emotional music: it's a reflection of my life.”
CHAIM – U & EYE (BPC226)
| ARTIST: CHAIM
TITLE: U & EYE
RELEASE DATE: 13.12.2010
CAT NR.: BPC228
FORMAT: 12" + Digital
A1. U & Eye feat. Meital De Razon
A2. Don't Shout
B. 2. Everything
|VARIOUS ARTISTS – WERKSCHAU (BPC227CD)|
| ARTIST: VARIOUS ARTISTS
compiled by Ellen Allien
RELEASE GER: 28.01.2011
RELEASE WORLD: 31.01.2011
FORMAT: CD / Digital
CAT NR.: BPC227CD
EAN CD: 880319497926
1. Cormac – The Present
2. Ellen Allien – The Kiss
3. We Love – Harmony Of The Spheres
4. Dillon & Coma – Aiming For Destruction
5. AGF/Delay – Most Beautiful Kill
6. TimTim – How We Moove
7. Sascha Funke – Hiddensee
13. Thomas Muller – West
| Imagine you had the job of representing your entire life in the form of seventeen songs – a difficult task? Unsolvable? BPitch Control has attempted to do just that, packing a turbulent twelve-year label history onto one silver disc. The resulting album is not just a simple reflection of the past, itís a statement showing how comprehensive, complex, progressive, emotional and ultimately enthralling electronic music can be; the kind of potential and opportunities for development that can be found in a genre which is apparently so narrowly defined – given the necessary courage to ignore pigeon-holes and open new doors. The “Werkschau” (”Showcase”) compilation presents BPitch Control and its forward-thinking artists in all their stylistic elasticity.
The BPC Werkschau compilation is in no way a conventional “Best Of” album. Such a reductive concept would hardly do justice to the task at hand. Instead, all seventeen tracks are previously unreleased works. The featured artists include label colleagues from BPC’s founding period as well as completely new faces and musical collaborations which have been formed here for the first time. The artists’ homelands are also worthy of note, ranging from various European countries to North and South America. The oft-cited Berlin sound has grown into a veritably global phenomenon here at BPitch. The stylistic range of the productions is equally diverse. In fact, the only characteristic they all share is their individuality.
Paul Kalkbrenner finally presents his first new track since his resounding success with “Berlin Calling”: in “Plätscher” he gives us an ironic wink as he combines straight, catchy tech-house production with a highly distorted Hammond organ – there’s no such thing as “no can do” here! The same goes for the (as yet) insider tip Mr. Statik, who unashamedly lays house beats under crooner vocals in the undoubtedly misleadingly entitled “Sinphony”. The track “Deutsche Werden” from the Venezuelan singer Aérea Negrot has a considerably more fantastical feel. The intermittent singer of Hercules and Love Affair sets off a reaction between her apparently deranged, broken-German-speaking vocals and a unique and very coherently arranged electro production style.
One remarkable, but absolutely logical feature of this increasingly broad yet unmistakable label identity is its inclination towards song structures and the high presence of vocal tracks. The powerful yet reserved, straight-up tech-house opener “The Present” from Irish Memo artist Cormac is carried by vocals, as is the wonderfully atmospheric synth-pop song from the Italian duo We Love, whose superb and deservedly successful debut album was released on BPitch at the end of 2010 and who must naturally be allocated a slot on this showcase.
BPC’s “Werkschau” expresses a general rejection of the rigid adherence to typical genre boundaries and limitations: Dominique Dillon de Byington, or Dillon for short – an enchanting young lady with Brazilian roots and a much-lauded new recruit at BPC – combines beatbox-electro with pop vocals that also have a certain manic quality in her collaboration with the celebrated Cologne Kompakt act Coma. The Berlin multi-instrumentalist TimTim already underlined BPitch’s independent thinking with his excellent album in 2002. His showcase contribution “How We Moove” merges what we might almost call classic singer-songwriting with bleepy electronica sounds. This is followed virtually seamlessly by the finely woven dub textures of AGF/Delay (Antye Greie/Vladislav Delay). After their 2009 album “Symptoms” and AGF’s production work on Ellen Allien’s LP “Sool” the duo are now exploring new facets of futuristic pop music. Futuristic yet retro, both catchy and challenging – that’s the sound of the Chicago post-rock/electronica geniuses Telefon Tel Aviv, who are offering up their first release since their album “Immolate Yourself” in 2009. Known and loved for being just as challenging, perhaps even highly provocative, are Jahcoozi, who were welcomed into the BPC ranks with a great “hurrah” and, after last year’s album release, no longer need any introduction. With “Day In Day Out” the trio based around song-writer/MC/singer Sasha Perera makes a surprisingly docile appearance, showing their laid-back, dub-sounding side and adding another string to BPC’s bow.
Naturally BPC’s Werkschau also refers to the “Made in Berlin” techno sound with which the label remains intrinsically connected: long-time master of the art Sascha Funke spreads his epic sound carpets over characteristic minimal techno structures and gives the track the ambiguous name “Hiddensee”. Thomas Muller – who has made himself a BPC resident thanks to a string of first-rate EPs – creates another irresistibly dynamic clockwork construction with “West”. Chaim's Chicago-inspired tech-house track “The Country” could be a promising taste of what’s to come on his album “Alive”, due for release in February. Workaholic Mark Broom, who makes his trade as half of the London party team Rue East as well as with Pure Plastik Records, offers up a pure and simple dance floor bomb with “Refund” – minimal in structure, maximal in sound and effect.
There’s also a perfect place in this showcase for real house “Jacks” such as Zander VT, with his rare pearl “Gotta Look Up To Get Down”, and Kiki & Lenz, who are releasing their first co-production on this CD. Finally, label boss Ellen Allien effortlessly slots a classic house stomper in amongst the ranks of her colleagues – without doubt a fabulous release with countless magic moments, a clearly defined point in the label landscape and a starting point for the next twelve years …
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|VARIOUS ARTISTS “WERKSCHAU EP 1” (BPC228)|
VARIOUS ARTISTS “WERKSCHAU EP 2” (BPC231)
| ARTIST: V.A.
TITLE: Werkschau EP 2
FORMAT: 12” / Digital
CAT NR.: BPC2231
A) Cormac – The Present
(EXTENDED VERSION) 09:00
B1) Aérea Negrot – Deutsche Werden
(EXTENDED VERSION) 05:15
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