Thursday, May 13, 2004

Ellen Allien
NYC DJ Set @ Apt. preview

a version to appear in

On occasion, an act is capable of preaching the virtues of electronic music to the unconverted--think Underworld, Leftfield or most recently, the DFA production duo as prime examples. Now, add Berlin’s DJ, producer and BPitch label boss Ellen Allien to the list. While techno has a notoriously cliquey band of devotees, Allien’s approach to it is anything but alienating. In her sets, she effortlessly blends driving breaks and huge electro basslines with lovely melodies and undeniable pop undertones. She’s also equally comfortable rocking the floor at Berlin’s Tresor or making the New York rock kid off the street come in and dance. Techno populism.  Who would have thought?

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