Slacker Logo

Ellen Allien

Advertisement
Advertisement

Biography

A widely respected DJ and producer as well as an entrepreneur and fashionista, Ellen Allien makes experimental techno filled with style and sensuality, in addition to running the celebrated BPitch Control label. Although highly active as a DJ and producer of minimal acid techno tracks since the early '90s, she made her breakthrough with full-lengths such as 2003's Berlinette and 2005's Thrills, which blended glitchy production tricks with futuristic electro pop. While albums such as 2008's Sool and 2013's LISm contained some of Allien's most abstract work, 2017's Nost brought back the club-focused energy of her singles. Aside from her original productions, she has released an armload of mix CDs, including 2002's Weiss.Mix and 2007's Fabric 34, and has held DJ residencies at prestigious clubs and events such as Tresor (Berlin) and Circoloco (Ibiza). Originally from West Berlin, Allien lived in London during the late '80s, and was first exposed to electronic music via the acid house scene. Returning to her home city after the reunification of Germany, she began to DJ at clubs such as Tresor, the Bunker, and E-Werk. She started a radio show on Berlin's Kiss FM titled Braincandy, which also became the name of her first record label. Following two 1995 EPs on other imprints, Allien released Rockt Krieger and Be Wild through Braincandy in 1997. Due to distribution problems, she shut down the label that year, but after she began organizing a series of parties called Pitch Control, she founded the BPitch Control label in 1999. Following 2000's Dataromance and Last Kiss 99 EPs, as well as several compilations and releases by other artists, Allien released Stadtkind, her debut full-length, on BPitch in 2001. Foregrounding the vocals seldom heard on her prior recordings, as well as introducing more experimental arrangements, the album helped establish her signature sound. Following two mixed CDs, Allien released her second album, the indie-friendly Berlinette, to much acclaim in 2003. 2004's Remix Collection compiled Allien's remixes for artists like Miss Kittin and Barbara Morgenstern, and was followed by 2005's electro-infused full-length Thrills. In 2006, Allien and regular collaborator Apparat released the eclectic Orchestra of Bubbles, which soon became one of the most popular releases by either artist. Apart from music, Allien also launched her clothing line, Ellen Allien Fashion, in 2006. Allien's 2008 full-length, Sool, featured co-production from AGF, and was significantly more abstract and minimal than her previous albums. 2010's Dust was a bit more accessible, and 2011's Dust RMX largely emphasized its dancefloor-igniting qualities. However, 2013's LISm, commissioned for a dance production staged at Paris Pompidou Centre, was a left turn into weightless experimental ambient. Following the album's release, Allien issued at least two singles per year, leading up to the release of 2017's warmly nostalgic Nost, her most straightforward dance full-length. In 2018, Allien released the commanding Take a Stand EP on Nonplus Records. 2019 single "UFO" launched Allien's UFO Inc. imprint, preceding her refined yet haunting Alientronic full-length. ~ Paul Simpson
Read All Read Less

Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Bubbles by Apparat
  3.   Brain Is Lost
  4.   Washing Machine Is Speaking
  5.   Trash Scapes
  6.   Metric by Apparat
  7.   Erdbeermund
  8.   Alles Schen
  9.   Alles Sehen
  10.   Fenstermusik
  11.   Floating Points by Apparat
  12.   Rotary by Apparat
  13.   Retina
  14.   Push
  15.   Turbo Dreams by Apparat
  16.   Way Out
  17.   Leave Me Alone by Apparat
  18.   Down
  19.   Naked Rain
  20.   Chromosoma 23
  21.   Augenblick
  22.   Under by Apparat
  23.   Exit to Humanity
  24.   Edison by Apparat
  25.   Bowie in Harmony
  26.   Magma
  27.   Jet by Apparat
  28.   Physical
  29.   MDMA
  30.   Funkenflug der Träume
  31.   Electronic Joy
  32.   Love Distortion
  33.   Empathy
  34.   Stimulation
  35.   Körpermaschine
  36.   Ufo
  37.   Take a Stand
  38.   Erdmond
  39.   Stormy Memories
  40.   Electric Eye
  41.   Call Me
  42.   Jack My Ass
  43.   Innocence
  44.   Mind Journey
  45.   Not Alone
  46.   Hoo
  47.   Freak the Night
  48.   Freak the Night Away
  49.   Strobo Me
  50.   Astral
  51.   Kuss
  52.   Cut 8
  53.   Cut 6
  54.   Cut 5
  55.   Cut 3
  56.   Gate of Light
  57.   You Are
  58.   I Need
  59.   Take Me Out
  60.   Go
  61.   The Kiss
  62.   Searching
  63.   You
  64.   Sun the Rain
  65.   Should We Go Home
  66.   Schlumi
  67.   Our Utopie
  68.   My Tree
  69.   Huibuh
  70.   Flashy Flashy
  71.   Feel Like
  72.   Ever
  73.   Dream
  74.   Get the Groove Goin'
  75.   Out
  76.   MM
  77.   Ondu
  78.   Its
  79.   Zauber
  80.   Elphine
  81.   Sprung
  82.   Bim
  83.   Caress
  84.   Einsteigen
  85.   You with Now featuring AGF
  86.   Do Not Break by Apparat
  87.   Sleepless by Apparat
  88.   Open
  89.   Wish
  90.   Data Romance
  91.   Wolken Ziehen
  92.   Licht
  93.   Shorty
  94.   Stadtkind
  95.   Tief in Mir
  96.   She Is with Me
  97.   Cloudy City
  98.   Your Body Is My Body
  99.   Sehnsucht
  100.   Bang Bang
  101.   Rippin Kittin featuring Golden Boy
  102.   Butterfly
  103.   The Way We Have Chosen by OMR
  104.   Let's Get It On by Gold Chains
  105.   Salzsee
  106.   Send
  107.   Trust and...
  108.   Poor People Must Work featuring Bobo Shanti
  109.   Free Society
  110.   Cut 4
  111.   Bombing Bastards featuring Terranova
  112.   Lism
  113.   Cut 1
  114.   mma
  115.   Secret
  116.   Off
  117.   Come
  118.   Come To Me
  119.   Cut 7
  120.   Soundtrack
  121.   Berlin featuring Electric Chairs
  122.   Abstract Pictures
  123.   Ghost Train
  124.   Cut 2
  125.   Frieda
  126.   Lover
  127.   Lou
  128.   High
  129.   Schnitt
  130.   Landing XX
  131.   Pump
See Fewer Songs

Related Stations & Specials

Artists Related to
Ellen Allien

Röyksopp

FEATURED

Apparat

FEATURED

Underworld

FEATURED

The Knife

FEATURED

Aphex Twin

FEATURED

Matthew Dear

FEATURED

Modeselektor

FEATURED

Trentemøller

FEATURED

Audion

FEATURED

Massive Attack

FEATURED

Autechre

FEATURED

Air

FEATURED

Booka Shade

FEATURED

Gui Boratto

FEATURED

Daft Punk

FEATURED

Orbital

FEATURED

Swayzak

FEATURED