Watergate 05

Ellen Allien

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Watergate 05 Review

by Andy Kellman

Ellen Allien's entry in the DJ-mix series spin-off of Kreuzberg, Germany’s Watergate club is nothing if not restless. Watergate 05 does not appear to have a makeup that differs from her past several mixes, as 16 tracks mixed in 65 minutes is just about average for Allien. The productions here, however, are more rhythmically disparate, significantly busier and, in a few cases, abrasive and polarizing. Smooth contours are not the rule here, as exemplified through Matias Aguayo's “Bo Jack” (where Theremin-like piercing frequencies battle a growling vocal), Aerea Negrot's “All I Wanna Do” (like a messy Hieroglyphic Being or James T. Cotton track without finesse), and Allien’s own mix of Uffie’s “Pop the Glock” (in which over half-a-dozen ideas are haphazardly splattered). The friction these tracks create, when mixed together, is not all that pleasant. Inebriation should help.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Ellen Allien feat: DJ Yellow 04:23 SpotifyAmazon
2 Ellen Allien feat: John Tejada 04:45 SpotifyAmazon
3 Ellen Allien feat: Lump 04:48 SpotifyAmazon
4 Ellen Allien feat: Luciano 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
5 Ellen Allien feat: Sascha Braemer / Sascha Breamer / Niconé 05:50 SpotifyAmazon
6 Ellen Allien feat: Audiophungz / Audiopunkz 02:19 SpotifyAmazon
7 Ellen Allien feat: Aerea Negrot 04:05 SpotifyAmazon
8 Ellen Allien feat: Dark Unknown 02:04 SpotifyAmazon
9 Ellen Allien feat: Juno 6 05:19 SpotifyAmazon
10 Ellen Allien feat: Rebolledo 04:03 SpotifyAmazon
11 Ellen Allien feat: Alexi Delano 02:30 SpotifyAmazon
12 Ellen Allien feat: Röyk-Sopp / Röyksopp 05:23 SpotifyAmazon
13 Ellen Allien feat: Uffie 03:38 SpotifyAmazon
14 Ellen Allien feat: AGF / Delay / Vladislav Delay 03:40 SpotifyAmazon
15 Ellen Allien feat: Margaret Dygas 04:33 SpotifyAmazon
16 Ellen Allien feat: Brigitte Fontaine / Khan 04:47 SpotifyAmazon
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