Following the triumphant release of Ellen Allien’s seventh studio album ‘Nost’, BPitch Control proudly unveil the second wave of remixes from the LP. Bringing together four more underground heroes to reinterpret Ellen’s original works, this new batch of music is diverse and brings a whole new dimension to the album project.
This time around Truncate, Gerd Janson, FaltyDL and Kyoka are the cohorts who have been brought in to inject their style into three tracks from ‘Nost’.
Truncate is renowned for his remix work, hired by some of the most respected labels in the business to put his own deadly twist on a variety of productions. The LA-based powerhouse is also adept at creating his own solo cuts, carving out a sterling rep across the industry for his deep take on techno.
Gerd Janson is the man who always seems to have a smile on his face, his enjoyment of music is reflected in his killer DJ sets and stellar releases. Asowner of Running BackRecords he is also responsible for A&Ring impeccable music – a man of exquisite tastes he is a welcome addition to the ‘Nost’ remix team.
FaltyDL comes at music with a soulful intent, bringing sultry vibes and authentic eclecticism to his work. There’s emotion, mystery and inventiveness with each new creation from this accomplished Ninja Tune affiliate.
Last up, Kyoka the Japanese experimental producer whose spine-tingling compositions suck you into their sparse vortex and keep you locked in. Her innate talent makes her one of the most exciting artists in her field and it’s a pleasure to have her on board.
The remixes part II kicks off with Truncate’s version of ‘Innocence’, a stripped back, fidgeting interpretation that operates at a high BPM with plenty of low end.
Truncate lets the beats roll out, gradually adding new elements to enhance the potency of the percussion, meanwhile the original vocal floats in and out of the background adding an air of mystery.
Next up is Gerd Janson’s take on ‘Call Me’, summoning breaks and dirty synth stabs from the early nineties it’s a rambunctious affair which completely deconstructs the original. This is one conjures up images of a sweat-fuelled warehouse rave with strobes lighting up a packed dancefloor.
Gerd’s all-out rave remix is counterposed with FaltyDL’s contemplative reconstruction of ‘Erdmond’ which works from a two-step beat, with a deep meditative atmosphere. The overall feel is that of early dubstep, the kind of measured,sub bass powered music that was prevalent in the UK circa 2005.
Lastly, Kyoka demonstrates her prowess with a luscious, twisted incarnation of ‘Call Me’. The vocals are warped and indecipherable, the bass is menacing and the beats woozy and lethargic.
A special end to a very special EP that showcases the breadth of techno and its influences, while paying homage to Ellen’s stunning album.
ELLEN ALLIEN put her particularly multifaceted side on display once again in mid-summer 2014: Her last EP „Freak“ contained three tracks with three moving emotional states, each spreading uniquely positive vibes. Especially the track „Freak The Night“ – with its warm bass, 303 acid dabs, Roland piano sounds and Ellen Allien sending out rave signals with her insistent vocals – turned out to be a hit.
Now the Berlin artist has invited some friends to remix the playfully crea- tive track, alongside another track from the last EP, „Butterfly“. The latter opens the varied vinyl edition of the EP in a revised edition by the legendary Detroit Electro-Techno duo AUX 88. The two veterans have transformed the original into a magically dark rave monster, merging Techno with a deepness that gets right under your skin, charmingly connecting the 1990s with the here and now.
The Irish-born, UK-based producer EJECA, who recently debuted on BPitch with his EP „Space & Time“, then takes „Freak The Night“ and transforms the track into a futuristic Acid mons- ter whose twisted wizardry ensures absolute magic in the club.
Matt Edwards aka RADIO SLAVE, also had packed dance floors in mind when he reshaped „Freak The Night“ into a wild 14-minute House sensation, in the middle of which ELLEN ALLIEN‘s anthemic vocals swarm and scatter the senses.
For the digital release of the remix EP, RADIO SLAVE also delivers an a cappella version of „Freak The Night“ as a tool for creative DJs that contains all the right ingredients for an extra special mix. The digital edition is rounded off with a revision by another House, Acid House and Techno veteran: L.A. WILLIAMS. The version by the producer from Chicago is filled with nervous claps, fiery hi-hats and springy bass, adeptly bringing Acid-laden Electro into the picture without the forgoing the irresistible pressure of Techno. Here are four remixes, each of which encom- passes an original dance universe, all of which approach the original material in a manner that is anything but formulaic. And as a link there is also a bewitched a capella version, which can be used to seamlessly combine all four remixes into an epic version of „Freak The Night“.
Out on March 23rd 2015 on BPitch Control.