BPitch Control Records
Out 15th May
Bringing our attention to her album Auraa, this double A side single reveals the passion and devotion to music that clothes Ellen Allien in talent. With ideas about invisible life that exists among us, perhaps on a different level of physical existence to us yet within the universe all the same, the album dreams and explores the possible. After-all, it took our species millions of years to discover the world of microbes, and with nine out of ten cells in your body as a separate organism, that's a pretty big discovery. Who knows what we can find on the other end of the scale, so far away from our natural perception that special instruments are needed to detect and study, perhaps even communicate with what ever we find.
With a pulsing synth melody and a snappy percussive tempo, the music begins. It's like a count-down to something explosive, waiting in the sidelines. Then, a heavy sounding bass plunges in, forming a canyon of sound as it drives the dance onward. Dreamy synth chords wallow and swish in the flux as rhythm increases tone and flavour with additions of new percussive instruments. Vocals wiggle in, they slide through the warm and radiant track as the pressure shifts into ever growing gradients. True Romantics is a sleek and delicious number, full of swagger and physical sensations.
And Hello. This full-on rhythm-fest hits us with a double bass kick which wobbles the core of our being. Spongy notes add a squish to the melody which transcends and ascends with each bar. New harmonics are slotted in, the doubling up gives rise to some interesting stereo mirroring. New sounds emerge, bubbling phonics drift in and decorate as strange passages. The progression works up and down in neat adjustments, each climax brings a new dimension to the euphoric vortex.
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