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Helena Hauff – Actio Reactio


helena_hauff_actio_reactio.jpgLabel: Werkdiscs/Ninja TuneScore: 9/10

The raw mid-80s spirit of Chicago acid house and early techno has startlingly resurfaced in a 25 year old DJ-producer from Hamburg called Helena Hauff, whose Werkdiscs’ debut EP is a ferocious gesture of analogue defiance. While running the Birds And Other Instruments night at Hamburg’s Golden Pudel club, she has quickly built a reputation through sizzling DJ sets performed on vinyl, while recording on analogue gear, usually just one take.

As a result, Helena’s ever-questing sound pulses with the same dark energy which imbued early Trax and UR adventures, the ten-minute title track bubbling and juddering through a hail of acid claps, bass heaves and percussive manoeuvring, only the distinctive 808 cowbell remaining constant.

After the spooky, acid-lashed prowl of ‘Break Force’ and beatless Moroder-movie closer ‘Micro Manifesto’ there should be no doubt left that a fresh new name has arrived to tell electronic dance music where it came from.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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