Friday, June 12, 2009

Ellen Allien and Apparat- Orchestra of Bubbles [2006]

Disc unheard, the collaboration between DJs Ellen Allien (of the BPitch Control label) and Apparat (Sacha Ring of the Shitkatapult imprint) is far from a natural match. Both are iconoclastic with different approaches to electronic music in general and dance music in particular, though it should be noted from the outset that Orchestra of Bubbles is not their first collaboration. They've worked on remix projects together, and done one another's remixes for a few years now. Ring, as Apparat adds dimensionality, off-kilter beats, and dynamic ambient spaces to offer the technocratic solidity some room to breathe and open out onto different vistas -- and his moodier M.O. is heard precisely in those moments where Allien's bassline is most pronounced. For anyone sincerely interested in the open territory of electronic music and its possible futures, this is not only a microscope to examine the new bacteria with, it's the pulsing life form beneath it.-Thom Jurek

Orchestra of Bubbles [2006]

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