Ellen Allien is a German producer, DJ, singer and label owner, familiar to anyone who follows the worlds of house and techno. She was resident at famed Berlin techno club Tresor in 1992, and has started two labels (Braincandy and BPitch Control) as well as releasing some acclaimed experimental music. With over two decades of work, she's quite an inspiration.
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.