Article number: NONPLUS046
Ellen Allien prepares to release her first ever solo EP outside of her BPitch Control imprint and has chosen a label she avidly admires, Boddika’s Nonplus. The title track is both a thundering call to action and a love letter to the unifying power of rave culture. While its lyrics may seem vague at first “take a stand for or against what?” they unravel their mystery while the track unfolds gradually. Starting off as a sparse basement banger, ‘Take A Stand’ slowly escalates into an acidic anthem before subtly changing its course once more towards the end. Over the course of ten and a half minutes, Ellen Allien revives the cheerful optimism of the original techno revolution while positioning herself against the joylessness inherent to so much techno these days. This is a revolution you can dance to. On the b-side, ‘Trigger’ takes us into an equally hypnotising trip down the wormhole of contemporary rave culture. Combining a hard-hitting groove with a muffled, bouncing acid bassline, it will have basements and big rooms alike dripping with sweat. On ‘Flying Objects’, Ellen Allien uses her voice once more, this time to round off what could just well be the official musical manifesto for what she usually refers to “space techno” - a colourful, futurist statement that leaves no ass unshaken.