Allien earned glittering praise -- including a Pitchfork 8.5 from Philip Sherburne -- for Orchestra of Bubbles, her 2006 album with Apparat. But she's just as acclaimed for her decknical skills. As a DJ, she plays sets that balance the challenging and spiky with the hypnotic and danceable. She finesses choppy, abrasive pieces by Otto Von Schirach and Squarepusher alongside suave, hummable tech-house specimens by Superpitcher and André Esterman, and campy electro funk by Thomas Andersson and Feadz. "When I DJ, body and music become one; they become brainy," Allien states. Debunking misguided assumptions about electronic music's inherent coldness, Allien's selections stir up some serious drama and emotion as well.
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