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Helena Hauff

   
Drowning Demons - (6:41) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Bean Field & The Gods - (7:15) 136 BPM
   
Reaktion I - (2:33) 127 BPM
   
Reaktion II - (8:24) 118 BPM
   
The First Time He Thought, He Died - (4:22) 136 BPM
Played by: Kid Who
Review: Hamburg-based DJ/producer Helena Hauff has come along way since making her debut on Actress's Ninja Tune-owned Werk Discs imprint back in 2013, delivering a debut album of sorts - the cassette-only acid/techno hybrid A Tape - earlier this year. He she returns to Werk Disc with arguably a new release of intense, paranoid, acid-flecked dancefloor workouts. There's naturally much to admire, from the breathless intensity of opener "Drowning Demons" and the full-throttle techno workout "The Bean Field & The Gods", to the tumbling Drexciyan electro meets lilting IDM of "The First Time He Thought, He Died".
WDNTDNL 013
30 Mar 15
Techno
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Tripartite Pact - (3:16) 122 BPM
   
Spur - (4:18) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sworn To Secrecy Part I - (1:41) 86 BPM
   
L'Homme Mort - (7:17) 127 BPM
   
Funereal Morality - (4:34) 134 BPM
   
Piece Of Pleasure - (5:24) 138 BPM
   
Tryst - (6:18) 141 BPM
   
Sworn To Secrecy Part II - (3:54) 120 BPM
   
Silver Sand & Boxes Of Mould - (3:09) 129 BPM
   
Dreams In Colour - (1:41) 101 BPM
Played by: Borgie
Review: Every once in a while, the underground electro sound finds its way into electronic music's mainstream. The last time that this happened to a significant degree was during the late '90s and early '00s, with electroclash artists like Tiga and Fischerspooner representing its most mainstream iteration. No one could ever suggest that Helena Hauff is on the same level as these two acts, but she does provide modern electro with a face and an identity. Tellingly, on Desires, she neatly encapsulates everything that that is great about this form, from the moody soundtrack of "Silver Sand & Boxes Of Mould" to the rolling 808s and nightmarish synths of "L'Homme Mort" and "Tripartite Pact" to the higher-paced, tweaked electro funk of "Funereal Morality" and "Piece of Pleasure".
WDNTDNL 014
04 Sep 15
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Actio Reactio - (10:22) 118 BPM
   
Break Force - (8:27) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Micro Manifesto - (3:21)
Review: A regular fixture at Hamburg's Golden Pudel club where she presides over the Birds and Other Instruments night, Helena Hauff is a killer DJ with a keen interest in classic and contemporary electro, something confirmed via the Obscure Object C90 mixtape released recently on the Krokodilo Tapes cassette label run by Blackest Ever Black. A longstanding friendship with Actress has resulted in his Werkdiscs label issuing Actio Reactio, her debut EP of solo productions. Both the title track and "Break Force" see Hauff utilize her arsenal of analogue gear to deliver two tracks of acid-drenched hardware techno in the mould of producers like Svengalisghost or Beau Wanzer, while shorter production "Micro Manifesto" is more grounded in the realm of primitive electronics with Minimal Wave act In Aeternam Vale a good reference point.
WDNTDNL 005
05 Aug 13
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Helena Hauff - "Rupture" - (6:10) 128 BPM
   
Helena Hauff - "The Purely Painful Confrontation Of Opposites" - (7:38) 120 BPM
   
Andreas Gehm - "HKX" - (5:13) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Andreas Gehm - "Solar Two" - (6:36) 50 BPM
Review: The hotly tipped Golden Pudel resident Helena Hauff joins forces with Andreas Gehm for a release on The Exaltics label. Unlike much of the output on Solar One, this four-tracker ignores electro in favour of a more malevolent sound. "Rupture" sets the tone for what is to come, its grainy beats and heavy claps marking out the relentless rhythm track approach that both artists have decided on. However, by the next track, "The Purely Painful Confrontation Of Opposites" it becomes clear that the duo want to fry their audience's brains with the most aggressive 303s since DJ Skull. "HKX" is just as punishing and "Solar Two" ends the split release with malevolent, pounding acid-fuelled beats.
SOM 031
08 Sep 14
Techno
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Nothing Is What I Know - (7:41) 122 BPM
   
Do You Really Think Like That? - (4:52) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Continuez Mon Enfant Vous Serez TraiteI En ConseIquence - (4:50) 110 BPM
   
Gift - (4:02) 120 BPM
Review: The seemingly unstoppable rise of Helena Hauff continues apace. After previously shining on Ninja Tune's Actress-helmed Werk Discs offshoot, the Hamburg-based DJ/producer has now graduated to the parent label. As usual, there's much to enjoy throughout, from the punchy drum machine percussion, tumbling synthesizer melodies and foreboding chords of opener "Nothing Is What I Know" and thrillingly intense, end-of-days techno jam "Do You Really Think Like That", to the lo-fi, intergalactic brilliance of closer "Gift". Perhaps most impressive, though, is "Continuez Mon Enfant Vous Serez Traite En Consequence", a thrillingly wonky trip into dark, acid-fired electronica. In a word: essential.
ZENDNLS 469
27 Oct 17
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Barrow Boot Boys - (6:04) 67 BPM
   
Lifestyle Guru - (5:43) 65 BPM
   
Btdr-revisited - (3:29) 61 BPM
   
Entropy Created You & Me - (2:42) 64 BPM
   
Fag Butts In The Fire Bucket - (4:03) 62 BPM
   
Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg - (6:03) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Smell Of Suds & Steel - (8:11) 65 BPM
   
Primordial Sludge - (5:33) 98 BPM
   
Qualm - (2:33) 65 BPM
   
No Qualms - (3:22) 65 BPM
   
Panegyric - (5:19) 64 BPM
   
It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid - (3:34) 98 BPM
Review: Such has been the dizzying rise of Helena Hauff in recent years that the release of her second album, Qualm, feels like a genuine "event". Preceded by a limited, while label edition, the Hamburg producer's first full-length in three years is undoubtedly worthy of the growing hype surrounding it. By design, the 12 tracks are raw, distorted and lo-fi, with Hauff peppering heavyweight, redlined drum machine beats - think wayward Chicago jack, laidback electro and nails techno - with a mixture of razor-sharp acid lines, moody industrial textures and drowsy chords. The clattering intensity of the album's dancefloor moments is in sharp contrast to the creepy and evocative, soundtrack style electronic soundscapes showcased elsewhere on the album. These - ambient in ethos, but more experimental in tone - are frequently amongst the set's most inspired moments.
ZENDNL 253
03 Aug 18
Experimental/Electronic
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Spirals Of Smoke Drifting From Soot Stained Chimneys - (8:57) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Message From Filippo - (5:26) 124 BPM
   
Blast! - (5:28) 126 BPM
   
Korabl-Maket - (4:22) 122 BPM
   
We Only Want Tradegy - (4:55) 125 BPM
   
Sea Shore Acid - (6:16) 126 BPM
PANZERKREUZ 1028
23 Jan 19
Techno
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Segment 3 - (4:45) 148 BPM
KERN 005DS1
12 Jun 20
Industrial/Noise
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The Exaltics - "Do I Have To Repeat Myself" - (4:42) 130 BPM
   
Helena Hauff - "Culmination Of Frustration" - (5:23) 140 BPM
   
Perseus Traxx - "MK-Ultra" - (4:50) 126 BPM
   
Drvg Cvltvre - "The Dead Envy The Living" - (6:23) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ekman - "Landmarks" - (5:08) 140 BPM
Review: Artwork of the week goes to this Solar One 12", with the label enlisting Lowlands don Mehdi Rouchiche to work his Godspill magic on the collective talents of Helena Hauff, Perseus Traxx, The Exaltics, Drvg Cvltre and Ekman. Perseus Traxx's moustache is quite something! These artists join forces for the Signs Of Decay 12", a powerful collective statement on the desiccation some "hard and dirty acid tracks" can do to a dancefloor. Don't come here looking for any lofty concepts, this is just five of the best banging their boxes in the name of all that is grotty and lysergic. Fans of Hauff's Panzerkreuz material will be delighted with the demonic, red lining sounds of her contribution "Culmination Of Frustration."
SOM 038
15 Feb 16
Techno
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Various/Helena Hauff
   
Esoterik - "Mayhem" - (11:09) 151 BPM
   
Mononom - "Shrinking" - (5:22) 157 BPM
   
Jaquarius - "Metamine" - (8:21) 162 BPM
   
Slaves Of Sinus - "Chaos" (& Me) - (5:08) 140 BPM
   
Galaxian - "Private Tyranny" - (4:44) 150 BPM
   
Blackmass Plastics - "Holy Handgrenade" - (6:28) 157 BPM
   
Volruptus - "We Are The Cyborgs" - (4:45) 156 BPM
   
Animistic Beliefs - "An Eye For A.I." - (6:09) 151 BPM
   
Paul Blackford - "Dance Yourself To Death" - (3:37) 153 BPM
   
DJ Godfather & DJ Starski - "City Of Boom" - (3:51) 150 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dirty Hospital - "The General" - (5:12) 150 BPM
   
Galaxian - "Glasgow To Detroit" - (4:22) 154 BPM
   
SolarX - "Bionic Man" - (6:16) 162 BPM
   
The Advent - "Work Dat" - (7:53) 150 BPM
   
O-Wells - "Park Jit" - (5:07) 151 BPM
   
Privacy - "Go" - (5:30) 152 BPM
   
Morah & Hauff - "Segment 3" (feat Helena Hauff) - (4:45) 148 BPM
   
Somatic Responses - "Open Window" - (5:48) 160 BPM
   
Nasenbluten - "Intellectual Killer" - (6:05) 92 BPM
   
Subtopia - "The Mob Rules" (Umwelt remix) - (4:59) 90 BPM
   
L.F.T. - "Data Move" - (4:56) 136 BPM
   
Q.D.T ? - "Untitled" - (5:24) 148 BPM
   
Machino - "Ministerio" - (5:15) 132 BPM
   
SC-164 - "Telegraph" - (6:49) 134 BPM
   
Shedbug - "Sibelle" - (4:38) 138 BPM
   
L.F.T. - "Nucleon" - (7:35) 135 BPM
   
Exzakt - "Madrid Nights" - (7:09) 132 BPM
   
Umwelt - "Starless Night" - (5:49) 130 BPM
   
Shinra - "Pinwheel" - (6:16) 135 BPM
   
Maarten Van Der Vleuten - "Internaut" - (10:01) 134 BPM
   
Andrea Parker & David Morley - "After Dark" - (8:49) 90 BPM
   
Various - "Kern Vol 5" (continuous mix By Helena Hauff) - (2:12:55)
KERN 005D
19 Jun 20
Techno
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