Ellen Allien – Take Me Out (Original Mix) [ELECTRO]

Ellen Allien - Take Me Out (Original Mix) [ELECTRO] Ellen Allien's 'Take Me Out' is an Electro track that contributes to the outré sonic space in which the Berlinian DJ and producer ravels in creating.Ellen Allien – Take Me Out

The sub-genre of Electro can be seen as a conundrum. Its wide-ranging spectrum includes the bass-heavy interpretations of Aux 88, aquatic tones found in Drexciya productions and the Electroclash renditions of The Hacker. In an article titled “A Not So Brief History of Electro, Part One” Steve Mizek claims “the genre is as lovable as it is difficult to pin down“. A mother figure for the techno idealists of Berlin, Ellen Allien has a solid number of Electro-associated releases traced in her discography, including ‘Augenblick‘ & ‘Magma‘. In the same fashion to Seth Troxler, Allien carries the triple threat of DJing, producing and at times providing the vocals to her own tracks. As her 2009 collaboration with Apparat ‘Way Out‘ demonstrated, Ellen is a competent vocalist. Her 2012 EP ‘Galactic Horse‘ released on her label BPitch Control featured “Take Me Out”. A track for the fans of Juan Atkins‘ style, it is a “bone-dry, crunching” revival of 1980s Electro.


The interpretation offered here by Allien is much more minimal and lower-tempo. Co-produced with fellow Berlinian duo Skinnerbox it aims to take the listener into the deeper state with its hypnotic lure. Characteristically for the collaborators’ production, the track’s low EQs elements bring a pulsating thump. The sequencing of the drums transgress the 4×4 beat structure, similarly to Carl A. Finlow’s ‘Anomaly‘. Here, the production does not share the “psychedelic end of the electro” associated with Helena Hauff. In that extent the fairly linear chord-arrangements might lead some to describe it as “electro-pop”. Drenched with reverb, capricious bursts of strident synth piercing. Allien’s seductive female vocals merge with a low pitched duplication. This evokes a sense of flirtation, perhaps reflected between a synergised dance between two dancers who’ve come across each other on the dancefloor. For the track’s conclusion, the triplet arpeggios lead the dissolving kick into oblivion. Despite a 122 BPM, ‘Take Me Out’ maintains a sense of magnetic suspense throughout its 7 minute playtime. Continue reading

Yan Cook – Noisey Neighbours (Original Mix) [TECHNO]

Yan Cook – Noisey Neighbours

My fellow Aussie mate upon having a sterling, energetic night out would often state that he’s feeling ‘cooked.’ Ironically, the chap being reviewed here runs a label called Cooked Records. And it’s probably because listening to any of his famed, finely-tuned Built-for-Berghain bangers leave punters feeling the same way my mate felt. Ukrainian Yan Cook delivers yet another belter with this fine release on Scottish techno legend Slam’s Soma Records. A 2018 release, ‘Noisy Neighbours’ certainly lives up to its name. Extending his production line to labels such as ARTS & Delsin, the man is just as adapt at slower cuts like ‘Plot‘ or his remix of Heiko Laux’s ‘Neutron’. This packs so much dynamite it’ll break the resolve of even the most rigid slouches on the dancefloor.


Paul Ritch is a chief deliverer of such epic locked grooves, and this sounds reminiscent of his track ‘Pacemaker‘. A venomous Bass that’s focused yet slinky, it hovers in and out like a tunnel bore. The way it bounces back and forth just before the fourth bar makes it feel like the track is bounding forward. Raudive’s remix of Chrom’s ‘Cygnet Glacé’ is another proponent of such crafty tricks. Where Ritch used a skeletal approach, this is merely a foundation in the building. Rattling sonar soundscapes pulse, flexing the cerebral in the same way as Function’s ‘Disaffected‘ brings about that hurtling-through-space feeling. Eery recordings of evil alien like noises skirt across from left to right, adding atmosphere to a dystopian world that bathes in distant background sirens. Flickering hats come in and out before a sequence of modulated late 90s style hard trance stabs complete the picture. Continue reading