Ellen Allien

Dust RMX

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Little surprise that the BPitch Control boss would make sure that the remix collection based on her 2010 album would have some well-selected names of the moment, but Ellen Allien's Dust Remixes is almost a murderer's row when it comes to top-of-the-line partners. Obviously, it can't be everything and everyone in such a broad field as 21st century electronic dance music, but kicking off with a great Ripperton remix of "My Tree," a rolling drum pattern and plenty of tense, near post-punk rock anthem atmosphere leading the way, and concluding (at least on the digital version) with an equally stellar We Love take on "Sun the Rain," the latter again showing you never quite know what you'll get with the duo until you hear it (in this case a frenetic Moroder tribute), Dust Remixes is an involving listen from start to finish. "Sun the Rain" also provides the basis for another noteworthy rework -- coming out the same month as his entrancing Ravedeath, 1972 album, Tim Hecker's remix has the same sense of beautiful intensity as that release, swathes of feedback and moody, distant piano notes utterly transforming the original into something specifically his. Nicolas Jaar continued his own top-flight 2011 with a turn on "Flashy Flashy" that swathes Allien's vocal in reverb, pitched down to create a mournful keen tinged with a bit of threat, while the breakdown of the beats into a moment of near a capella -- then a brief break of silence -- is lovely melodrama through and through. Other lovely selections include Adultnapper's deep house and echo-tinged rework of "Huibuh," Shonky's peppy interpretation of "Searching," and John Roberts' space rock into frenetic electro turn on "Should We Go Home."

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