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HELENA HAUFF

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Fabric Presents Helena Hauff

    The Hamburg-born producer and DJ Helena Hauff has been revolutionising the sound of techno and electro since her emergence on the scene at the turn of the 2010s. Her forward-thinking style of production and mixing that relies on both genres’ analogue sounds has helped to inform a wildly popular subset of selectors that prefer their sonics hard-edged, hypnotic, and wildly exhilarating. Her fabric mix comp follows these rules – taking in techno, electro and industrial-edged electronica, from the early 90s like D-Breeze’s Crazy For Love with its cool Autechre remix to hot producers on the scene like Magda Rot’s exclusive ‘Alter Simus’. Her 2023 touring covers the worldwide festival circuit. Press shots for this campaign were directed, styled and shot by Riya Hollings with the release’s dark futurism perfectly captured and perfect for music, fashion, and lifestyle press.

    TRACK LISTING

    Tracklisting:

    CD
    1. Helena Hauff - Turn Your Sights Inward [fabric Records]
    2. DynArec - Sunken Park [Vaporwave]
    3. Clarence G - Data Transfer [Clone Aqualung Series]
    4. Slam & Optic Nerve - Machine Conflict [Soma Records]
    5. The Exaltics Ft. Paris The Black Fu - 10 0seco Ndstil Lmidn Ight (Lorenz.Orx RMX) [Clone West Coast Series]
    6. YTP - WHAT U WANT [childsplay]
    7. Turk Turkelton - Rock It [Lunar Orbiter Program]
    8. Yarn Init - Tripcon II [Clear Memory]
    9. Signaltype - In Abyss [Cultivated Electronics]
    10. Illektrolab - Overdrive [Satamile Records]
    11. Ement - Despite Of Time [PZ Records]
    12. Raavel - Wakalaka [Juicy Gang Records]
    13. IMOGEN - Granular Tears [Voitax]
    14. Radioactive Man - Night Bus To Nowhere [Rotters Golf Club]
    15. FJAAK & Tobi Neumann - F-Zero [Spandau 20]
    16. Nite Fleit - Naïve [Return To Disorder]
    17. Magda Rot - Alter Simus [fabric Records]
    18. MicroControlUnit - Save The World (MCU's Apocalypse Mix) [Fundamental Bass Intelligence]
    19. D-Breeze - Crazy For Love (Autechre Remix) [D-Breeze]


    Double Vinyl

    A1 D-Breeze - Crazy For Love (Autechre Remix) [D-Breeze]
    A2 MicroControlUnit - Save The World (MCU’s Apocalypse Mix) [Fundamental Bass Intelligence]
    B1 Magda Rot - Alter Simus [fabric Records]
    B2 Signaltype - In Abyss [Cultivated Electronics]
    C1 Radioactive Man - Night Bus To Nowhere [Rotters Golf Club]
    C2 Illektrolab – Overdrive [Satamile Records]
    D1 Ement - Despite Of Time [PZ Records]
    D2 DynArec - Sunken Park [Vaporwave]
    D3 Helena Hauff - Turn Your Sights Inward [fabric Records]

    Helena Hauff

    Qualm

      Queen of the underground, leader of the new school and visceral techno genius Helena Hauff returns to the Piccadilly shelves with a new double LP on the evergreen Ninja Tune. The title has a duality that Hauff enjoys - the German word “Qualm” ( kvalm) translates as fumes or smoke, whilst the English meaning refers to an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one's own conduct. True to form, the record is unapologetically raw and finds her returning to her original modus operandi - jamming on her machines - “trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers”.
      A former resident of the Golden Pudel club in her hometown Hamburg, Helena’s profile and global standing has grown exponentially since the release of “Discreet Desires” in 2015, purely on the strength of her authenticity and her expertly curated DJ sets spanning acid, electro, EBM, techno and post punk. Gigging incessantly (and still lugging a box of records across the world) Helena’s reputation earned her an invitation to join the BBC Radio 1 Residency, she was the subject of cover features for Crack Magazine and DJ Mag, she played headline sets at Sonar (b2b with Ben UFO) and Dekmantel, and at the end of 2017 Crack Magazine declared Helena “The Most Exciting DJ In The World (Right Now)” and her ballistic BBC Essential Mix was voted the best of 2017.

      Born and raised in Hamburg, a self-confessed child of the 90s, Helena was obsessed with the music she discovered via the television on channels such as MTV and VIVA. She recalls her grandmother buying Technotronic's 'Pump Up The Jam’ at the flea market for her and watching coverage of iconic electronic music festival Loveparade in Berlin on TV. She has fond memories of borrowing CDs from the local library and making her own mixtapes - these days an archaic practice but from a curatorial standpoint these were her earliest outings as a DJ. Helena picks out Miss Kittin & The Hacker and Toktok vs. Soffy O as inspirations but it was the self-titled album from 2001 by electro icon Radioactive Man that was "a real eye-opener" providing the stimulus for her to dive in and immerse herself in the music and culture.

      At university Helena studied first for a Fine Art degree, but whilst she enjoyed the emphasis on experimentation and artistic freedom, she realised that she didn’t have an innate need to make visual art, the prerequisite for a career in that oeuvre according to her lecturer. However, she did have exactly that compulsion in regards to DJing: “I was obsessed with DJing, there was no question that I had to do it. It wasn’t about the money, I just wanted to DJ somewhere,” she explains. Next Helena enrolled on a degree in Systematic Music Science and Physics. Heading in almost the polar opposite direction to her Fine Art background, it was a highly technical syllabus incorporating maths, physics and acoustics but perhaps on some level this juxtaposition of science and art has shaped her approach to coaxing music from her machines?

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Barry says: Hauff brings the heat for her newest one for the legendary Ninja Tune, with shadowed beats clashing headfirst with snarling resonant 303 and clattering industrious ambience, a brilliantly produced LP, and a thoroughly rewarding listen.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Barrow Boot Boys
      2. Lifestyle Guru
      3. Btdr-revisited
      4. Entropy Created You And Me
      5. Fag Butts In The Fire Bucket
      6. Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg
      7. The Smell Of Suds And Steel
      8. Primordial Sludge
      9. Qualm
      10. No Qualms
      11. Panegyric
      12. It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid


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