I originally heard German electronic strongwoman, Ellen Allien in 2003 when her first full length album, Berlinette,
arrived on the scene. Her stop/start beats and the warmth of her spoken
words on top ('Need a planet without cars and wars—no wars—no cars—no
wars—no cars. I wish it could be true...) got me right away. Well, she
hasn't stopped since (and really she'd be going on for quite a while
before that). Her newer works are perhaps less accessible—exploring
sound scapes rather than dance beats, but you can always get your fill
of BPMs with Allien's DJ sets.