Ellen Allien – one of Berlin’s most ardent techno ambassadors – proudly unveils her latest full-length expedition into the realms of underground electronica. Brimming with creative energy, Ellen’s new LP AurAA follows her 2019 release Alientronic and it’s the third album she’s produced in the last three years. Raw, emotive and capable of transporting you from reality to an electrofied fantasy, AurAA explores the notion of unseen energies controlling our planet.
Beginning with the faintest hint of trance euphoria on the downtempo ‘Hello Planet Earth (Breath Mix)’, the album soon moves into more bumpin’ territory with ‘In Music I Trust’, Ellen’s signature use of vocals-as-melody entrancing the listener. ‘True Romantics’ (listen & buy) taps into your emotional centre utilising hard beats and wistful synth lines. ‘Traum’ (Dream in English) takes us out of our bodies and into the infinite realm of vibration, waves of beautifully composed pads and bubbling analogue bass encourage us to transcend into the next astral plane. ‘Walking In The Dark’ takes things up a notch further with jabbing percussion and mesmerising atmospherics, followed by ‘Confusion’ a masterclass in heady hypnotic composition.
‘Hello Planet Earth’ returns in dancefloor-ready format, then we have the highly charged ‘I Can’t See You’ with its strange, wistful vocals and emotive string. Lastly, ‘Human’ is a deeply affecting beatless segue with its drone-esque soundscape.
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