Finding an interesting date can prove challenging among Berlin's vast single population.
Ellen Allien's new album Nost, out on her own label BPitch Control on May 12, takes its title from the root of "nostalgia." Fittingly, its chunky, crackling techno textures seem to cast an ear back to Allien's many years as a fixture of Berlin nightlife, while also looking ahead with futuristic melodies.
"Call Me," and its video premiering above, is the record's most heated moment: with Ellen deadpanning "I want your sex" over an insistent beat, it feels like one long booty call.
It is also active in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan, Paris and Stockholm, as well as London and Berlin.
The company makes money by offering a premium version of its app and a number of events that it puts on throughout the year including a polo event in Richmond, South West London, where tickets were sold for £25 each.
People arrange meetups at high-end venues and they can let overseas members know if they're planning to visit a particular city in the near future.
But The Inner Circle is still significantly smaller than Tinder and some of its other rivals, which boast tens of millions of users.
Just launched this April, one of the aims of Peppr seems to be not only about the fair treatment of escorts, but about repackaging the way we think of sex work.
Giving something a sleek design, clever copy, and hip functionality — the kind we've been seeing on mainstream dating apps for years — is certainly a way to usher sex work into the instantaneous smartphone era.
To ensure clients get what they want, the Peppr offers selections for body type, skin color, and any special services that might be in the Peppr's repertoire (think: kinks and preferred pubic hair maintenance).
According to Pia Poppenreiter, the app's founder, Peppr was created for more practical purposes than one would expect.
"'Call Me’ is about Grindr and Tinder, the apps many people use to find sex, love, dates or friends," Ellen explained in an email to The FADER.