Ellen Allien / Various Fabric 34

In the latest instalment of the Fabric series, Ellen Allien arranges and seamlessly mixes a wide range of tracks that demonstrate her ability to effortlessly balance multiple genres, playfully tipping the boat into the emotional side of electro pop with melodious synth-y songs before delving back into the underworlds of deep, dark, relentless techno. The mix begins with Schubert’s dark, minimal and murky "S1” before gradually moving into a nu-soul vibe with some male diva vocals and house-y 808 claps in Larry Heard’s "The Sun Can’t Compare.” Next up is Estro’s "Driven,” with its uplifting synth reprise over high-pitched 303 squelches and a warm house beat that soon transforms into the spastic rhythmic patterns of M_nus artist Damian Schwartz’s "Tu Y Yo.” It’s a beautiful contrast of icy minimalism with deeply layered, warm tech house. The dissonant chimes in Roman Flügel’s "Mutter” sound like a lonely marina on a windy night and are followed shortly by Thom Yorke’s "Harrowdown Hill,” which almost pre-emptively gives a conclusive feel to the album. Allien manages, however, to bring the beat back with her own piece, "Just A Woman,” and a Plastikman remix of Heartthrob’s "Baby Kate.” Fabric 34 is another checkmark on her list of prolific releases. (Fabric, www.fabriclondon.com) Stephanie Kale (Fabric)