Boomkat Product Review:
Bpitch's ever respected ringleader returns with the follow up to 2001's fabulous Stadtkind album and the recent Weiss mix with a fresh new nine tracker, Berlinette. Building on the ace Erdbeermund 12”, the album is a much more focused effort than we've witnessed from her before. Dense structures, chunky glitchtronix, heavy beats (some of which provided courtesy of beat-twister extrodinaire - Apparat) and devastating basslines and melodies all combine to form a unique collection of 21st century technopop. Opener ‘Sehnsucht’ is a dancefloor bomb waiting to go off, with a solid 4/4 groove and lush vocal cut-ups, while ‘Abstract Pictures’ combines digital, electro style beats with a LARGE stuttering bassline and DSP'd vocals, before breaking out into a Dexter-esque techno-clash stomper. Standout track however, has to be the sublime ‘Wish’, an ode to modern living, with the refrain "Need a planet without cars and wars, no wars, no cars..." repeated throughout in Ellen's crisply modulated vocals. DSP'd guitars and Old School electro style strings combine to make the track that’s destined to be a smash everywhere from Berlin to Burnley. Ellen’s greatest achievement, however, is in succesfully managing to find a formula that appeals to the electropunk devotees while subverting their needs into terrain that is altogether darker, more twisted and considerably more f**ked up. Very good.