ELLEN ALLIEN TO RELEASE ‘TAKE A STAND’ EP

Her first solo EP outside her BPitch Control imprint in two decades, due out on Boddika’s Nonplus Records.

Released 31st August on vinyl and digital
Track snippets here:
https://soundcloud.com/nonplus-records/sets/ellen-allien-take-a-stand-ep

A1. Take A Stand
B1. Trigger
B2. Flying Objects

Ellen Allien prepares to release her first solo EP outside of her BPitch Control imprint in two decades and has chosen a label she avidly admires, Boddika’s Nonplus.

As a DJ, producer, BPitch Control label founder and organiser of the regular We Are Not Alone parties in the city and elsewhere, Ellen Allien was not only there when the techno sound of Berlin was moulded in the basements of squats all over the capital but continues to be a tireless advocate of all aspects of this culture more than ever, as indicated also by her international Vinylism event series.

‘Take A Stand’, her debut release for Boddika’s Nonplus Records, is as much informed by all those experiences as it is by the relentless hope and passion that have driven Ellen Allien ever since she stepped up to the decks of the infamous Fischlabor in the early 90s. ‘Take A Stand’ is a three-part statement about (and for) the here and now.

My own history and experiences in the Techno scene inspired me to motivate people to stand up for what they think, for their opinions and rights A lot of people say that Techno isn’t political, but why not? It can be political of course.” –  Ellen Allien.

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 like 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.

 

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ARMADA MUSIC SNATCHES UP AWARD FOR ‘BEST INTERNATIONAL LABEL’ AT THE PROMO ONLY SUMMER SESSIONS 2018

After being named ‘Best Global Label’ at this year’s International Dance Music Awards in March, Armada Music is proud to add another prestigious award to the list. Today, the Amsterdam-based record label snatched up the award for ‘Best International Label’ at the Promo Only Summer Sessions 2018, coming out on top amongst contenders such as Anjunabeats, Ministry Of Sound, Monstercat and Spinnin’ Records.

 

Celebrating its 11th edition this year, Promo Only Summer Sessions is a three-day music industry gathering held in Atlantic City in the United States. The music conference features everything from informative panels to networking events, and ends with an award show where awards are given to artists, radio stations, programs and labels based only on the votes of hundreds of American music industry professionals. It’s the first time Armada Music has won the award for ‘Best International Label’, a crown to the hard work and tireless dedication that’s been propelling the label since its inception in 2003.

 

Maykel Piron, CEO Armada Music: “The award for ‘Best International Label’ at the Promo Only Summer Sessions 2018 is a very prestigious one, so naturally, we’re over the moon with this amazing result. We’ve got a great setup here with nothing but very passionate and dedicated people, and it feels great knowing that our efforts are recognized by some of the most influential music industry figures in the U.S. at one of the leading music conferences in the world.”

ENTER.SAKE & HEAVENSAKE PRESENT A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC, FOOD & SAKE AT IBIZA’S DESTINO.

SUMMER SAKE SESSIONS
–    RICHIE HAWTIN, DUBFIRE & HITO –
DESTINO IBIZA

THURSDAY 16TH AUGUST
5pm -12am

TICKETS

World-renowned musician, visionary DJ and devoted sake connoisseur Richie Hawtin is set to present his boutique, Japanese-produced and now globally acknowledged sake collection ENTER.Sake at one of Ibiza’s most impressive cliff top resorts and al fresco clubbing venue’s Destino. 

The early evening event that overlooks the town of Ibiza, Formentera island and the Mediterranea will see an extraordinary dinner menu paired with both ENTER.Sake and HEAVENSAKE, a showcase of the finest craft sakes around, in a uniquely special setting.

HEAVENSAKE, by acclaimed champagne cellar master Regis Camus travels to Ibiza sharing ENTER.Sake’s commitment to excellence and of meeting the highest standard of purity and refinement.

Completing the unique paring of electronic music and the quality food and drink the Canadian icon Richie Hawtin will be joined by two further zealous advocates of Sake, techno connoisseur Dubfire and unofficial Japanese subculture ambassador Hito.

Richie has been exploring the world of sake for twenty years during his extensive trips to Japan. For the past six years, through his ENTER. events across the world, Richie has tirelessly promoted sake as a core part of the ENTER. experience. Originating inside his past residency at Space in Ibiza, Richie created Europe’s largest sake bar, ENTER.Sake, stocked with special sakes not available anywhere else outside of Japan.

Richie Hawtin says: “The awareness of Sake has developed a lot since we first introduced ENTER.Sake at our ENTER. events on Ibiza over five years ago.  Many friends & fans are starting to really appreciate the beauty of pairing Music & Sake together and this August we return to the island for an evening bringing it all back together again at Destino. A perfect blend of vibes from HitoDubfire and I, and tastes from both ENTER.Sake and our friends in this mission HEAVENSAKEI!  A combination of pure frequencies and the hypnotic feeling that Sake adds to the mix!”

Hawtin has earned the Advanced Sake Professional Certification and was made an official Sake Samurai by the Japanese Sake Brewers Association in 2014 for his efforts in promoting sake abroad.  Dubfire has also added to his long and illustrious two-decade-plus career by undertaking his own sake sommelier training, a further commitment to his adoration for Japanese culture and well-documented passion of gastronomy.

Carl Hirschmann, the Creative Director of HEAVENSAKE says: “Only sake has the power to bring people together and experience “A better high”. Its a great pleasure to partner up with sake pioneer Richie Hawtin and his team. HEAVENSAKE and ENTER.Sake belong to the drinks of the future. Be ahead of your time…”

Summer Sake Sessions soundtracks the celebration of both Sake’s rich heritage and exciting ability to be enjoyed globally including of course the white isle of Ibiza as the evenings showcase continues to push the boundaries of Richie Hawtin’s cultural and entrepreneurial experiences. The event follows two successful Sake Summer Sessions events at Ouput in Brookly, New York.

Summer Sake Sessions at Destino, Ibiza Thursday 16th August