Ellen Allien's seventh solo album Nost, which comes from nostalgia, is the quintessential sound of Berlin. It has a sensibility which can only be found in the depths of the city's darkest underground clubs. The album begins with an expert lesson in hypnosis with "Mind Journey"; a warped vocal lures you into its creepy world, while a persistent beat, narcotic bassline, and spine-tingling eerie top-end builds an intense, immersive vibe. "Innocence" channels the loose atmosphere of a Berlin dancefloor, with its insistent energy conjuring up images of a clandestine warehouse soiree. "Jack My Ass" is a whirring, utterly captivating dancefloor treat with tension building rises in energy, built to create moments of pure exhilaration; techno from the 23rd Century, built by a modern-day master. "Call Me" sees Ellen inject sexy vibes but keeps it strictly jackin'; Berlin's unmistakable vibe is blended with the classic sound of Chicago. "Electric Eye" follows with its emotive riff, again transmitting a lucid, hypnotic rhythm. Ellen demonstrates her expertise in warping vocals, and combines it with deadly techno elements. "mma" is a snarling beast of a track with dramatic strings creating a hair-raising atmosphere and a mesmerizing riff. "Physical" is a message from future inhabitants of our universe -- the beats are crisp and powerful, while a symphony of analog effects cascade through the background. All the while a vocal clip appears once in a while, saying "Physical" -- adding a strange human element to proceedings. The penultimate track is "Stormy Memories", which opens with an extended, emotive intro, slowly building into a brooding acid-tinged workout with that classic 303 sound bubbling away in the low-end. Closing out this masterful selection is "Erdmond", a delicate, hazy soundscape that feels like the "morning after the night before", the sun blazing into your room through a gap in the curtain, a variety of electronic critters chirping and calling to one another and your head slowly shedding the layers of fuzz to reveal memories of last night. Like in all of her albums, Ellen uses her vocals like an instrument through alienation in many different ways. Nost is a homage to the feeling of nostalgia, that Ellen knows just too good, and that happens quite often to her, when she plays her DJ sets: This incredible, warm feeling, when she drops one of the old classic records, that she loves, and the people start smiling.