It’s been a while for Ellen Allien hasn’t it? Considering the steady clip she releases her own music and curated DJ sets, Dust and its remixes makes 2010 seem like ages ago. Well, that’s going to change because on March 12, Berlin-based DJ/producer Ellen Allien will be releasing her new record, LISm on BPitch Control, the label she founded way back in 1999.
The follow-up to 2010’s Dust (TMT Review), LISm takes a different approach than her other work. Rather than a collection consisting of a dozen or so individual songs, the record is one 47:58 track meant to evoke the tone of one of her DJ sets utilizing various styles and sounds to create a complete, comprehensive work.
The album has its roots in a collaboration. Ellen Allien was approached to compose the soundtrack for a new work, Drama per Musica, by modern dance choreographers Alexandre Roccoli and Sevérine Rième as part of the Spectacles Vivants Festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Always up for a challenge, Allien took the opportunity to break into the scoring business. The collaboration piece debuted in March of 2011. Since then, Allien opted to, according to the press release, “revive and rework” the piece in order to create something brand new. The sample below has an interesting mix of glitchy clicks, downtempo synthesizer melodies, smoothed out saxophones, and dreamy vocals, and should give you an idea of what’s in store.