Time Out Presents The Other Side of Berlin Mixed Ellen Allien

The latest volume of Time Out’s project that recruits musicians as tastemakers, shining the bright lights on selected parts of their native city, features BPitch Control label owner/musician Ellen Allien taking us on an audio-visual tour through some of her favourite spots in Berlin. For the first 45 minutes of the DVD, Allien speaks to the viewer in both English and German while visiting clothing, record and music equipment shops, her favourite restaurants and even her friends (Richie Hawtin cameos with some Berlin dating advice). A fairly exhaustive appendix follows that informs of even more places to shop, eat, stay and experience Berlin nightlife. The score is mostly Allien’s music. The accompanying CD is a compilation of previously released material from various artists that have had a hand in the architecture of Berlin’s multi-faceted electronic scene. The mix begins with David Bowie’s German version of "Heroes” and also includes classic contemporary minimal techno and dub tech featuring Booka Shade, Rhythm & Sound, Plastikman, Monolake, Miss Kitten and Villalobos. These mini-travel documentaries are interesting because they reveal some quirky private tastes of your favourite musicians. (Deaf, Dumb + Blind)