Label Spotlight: Bpitch Control
Though it's one of techno's most trusted and respected imprints, Bpitch Control actually contradicts the regimented purist approach often associated with the genre, with a stable of artists and releases that are quite varied in sound and texture. The label's aesthetic was conceptualized three years before its birth and started out as the name of a popular roving party in Berlin organized by superstar DJ, producer and label co-founder Ellen Allien. Allien applied the grassroots, DIY philosophy of the early-'80s German New Wave movement to her love of abstract techno, the success of her parties inspiring her to turn Bpitch into a record imprint.
Although Bpitch Control releases will often be found in the techno section of record stores, the music is actually more electro-based and many of their seminal releases pull from a variety of influences. Smash TV's notable first album, Electrified, pre-dated the electro-house revolution by at least a couple of years, and Modeselektor continues to defy categorization with their head-scratching blend of cut-up, IDM-inspired techno-hop. Ellen Allien's great 2001 full-length debut, Stadtkind, featured her voice throughout while fusing abstract techno with hints of Neu Deutsche Welle.
Seven years in and the label is still going strong. We are excited to welcome Bpitch Control to our digital website's rapidly-growing catalog, and we're sure that many of our customers will also be pleased to find lots of previously vinyl-only releases available as high-quality downloads. There are really too many records on this stellar label to spotlight here, but we've listed some of our favorite Bpitch selections below.