With the sweetest of sounds coming from the speakers of the Ticket Arena office it would be mighty selfish of us to keep them to ourselves, so we thought we’d let you in on what our staff use to soundtrack a hard day’s work. Now a weekly feature with the intent of bringing your attention to wonderful new sounds every Tuesday, our Album Of The Week looks at releases from the best in the game, whether fresh new acts about to hit the big time or established artists reminding the world of their continued talent. Simply put, it’s just the best in music that we think you should hear.
Helena Hauff is evidently one of the highest in demand DJs as of late, and the release of her brand new record Qualm has proved exactly why that is. Scratching the surface, Hauff’s take on techno sounds rough around the edges, it’s grimy and gritty, with industrial sounding fuzzy bass and gnarly, unnerving beats distracting from the Hambourg producer’s intent - which is exactly that - to create and craft a brand of techno at it’s very nastiest. While influences of Helena’s past musical tastes seep in, as her lo-fi and analog approach to creating music resonates with that of DIY punk sounds like The Stooges (a named favourite of a teenage Hauff), her sound remains completely drenched in distortion, noise, warped synths and tape hiss while still maintaining a polished production.
Helena Hauff headlines for Krankbrother on Friday 10th August at London’s Studio Spaces. She also joins The Warehouse Project on Friday 7th December as part of Jackmaster & Numbers presents Mastermix Allnighter.
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