Helena Hauff teases first EP on her new label

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Helena Hauff is releasing her first EP on her new Return To Disorder label, Living With Ants, set to be released September 9 on vinyl only. This is the first project since her Qualm album which was released last year through Ninja Tune.

The all-analogue German DJ/producer teased the extended play, giving listeners an insight into the wonky, twinkling electro-synth sounds developed for the drops ahead. With an unapologetic demeanor and raw aural approach, this nearly seven-minute long tease is kinder than some of her previous work, while befuddled and experimental all the while. Her syncopation keeps listeners hypnotized and curious about what developed sound will supersede the next.

This year, she played a back-to-back set with Nina Kraviz at Timewarp Festival and is set to play Hydra Printworks Weekender in London with the likes of Ben Klock, DEBONAIR, Jeff Mills, and more.

The 10 Best Electronic Albums Of 2018

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The-Best-Electronic-Albums-Of-2018Over the summer, I found myself at Hammerstein Ballroom surrounded by more than 2,000 ecstatic Vocaloid fans, each equipped with a color-changing wand (something between a lightsaber and those conical lights that ground control uses to direct runway traffic at airports). Without much warning, the crowd would sync up their movements in spontaneous choreography along … More »

Teksupport brings rare Maceo Plex Mosaic show stateside

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Teksupport brings rare Maceo Plex Mosaic show statesideMaceo TekSupport Off Brand Project

It’s not often that Maceo Plex‘ name appears stateside; he only comes to his homeland a handful of times each year. Even rarer is his Mosaic party series, which began as a residency as Pacha but has since evolved into a global institution for the avant garde of dance music. The award-winning series has only touched down in the states a couple times.

Come February, New York City promoters Teksupport will be ushering in Mosaic‘s return stateside, this time with Helena Hauff, Axel Boman, and Danny Daze in tow. Given each artist’s reputation for defying genres and delving into the eclectic in their own unique ways, the upcoming iteration of Mosaic is primed to keep to its ethos of conjuring colorful, multifaceted nights of electronic music. The announcement follows a recent appearance by Maceo Plex in New York, in which Teksupport joined forces with streaming giant Cercle to bring him to the Hudson River. Hopefully, this signals a potential visit westward as well.

 

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10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance Event

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10 events not to miss at this year’s Amsterdam Dance EventAde Credit Ma Kneefel

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) kicks off next week, and most by now know the event’s robust scheduling means being inundated with party/lineup decisions and challenges. With countless events featuring even bigger talent, planning the “ideal” weekend in Amsterdam can be tricky. To help guide the way, we’ve curated a few of our favorites to help steer attendees in the right direction. Of course, there’s many more to choose from, but here are our 10 events not to miss.


The Classic Music Company

Honey Dijon / Horse Meat Disco / Luke Solomon / Eli Escobar / Sophie Lloyd / Titia

23:59 – 06:00 / Sugar Factory

It’s the first night at ADE, and there are so many parties it’s hard know where to start. Look no further than Sugar Factory — a mainstay in Amsterdam club culture for the better part of the last decade. Featuring Dot Audio sound, and two rooms (a main, and a more intimate space), Sugar Factory is the first ingredient in the recipe for a great night out. Throw in the lineup for the legendary Luke Solomon’s last night of a recent residency and attendees’ ADE appetizer is complete. Headlining is Honey Dijon, known for an incredibly progressive blend of club-sound brilliance, and Horse Meat Disco, a talented duo riding disco’s wave of resurgence. What better way to kick off a long weekend in Amsterdam?


CUM MY LORD

Boys Noize / Christeene / Curses / Ghost Van Bellen / Joost van Bellen / Paul Neverready

22:00 – 07:00 / SEXYLAND

ADE is warming up and it’s time to get a little freaky for night two. Look no further than Sexyland — a new temporary club concept. The concept is simple: New Owner, Every Day. Every experience at Sexyland will be different. Headlining the night is Boys Noize, German industrial techno wunderkin. Fresh off a variety of new releases throughout the past year including a collaboration with Virgil Abloh, the music is guaranteed to be as banging as the space, art-installations, and crowd. 


Anjunadeep Amsterdam

16 Bit Lolitas / Ben Böhmer [live] / Dom Donnelly / James Grant / Penelope / Yotto

23:00 – 05:00 / Tolhuistuin

Perhaps there’s an affinity for the airier sounds of the house spectrum? Head over to Tolhuistuin, the three-room Amsterdam nightclub right off the water with views, and green spaces to boot. There lies a massive Anjunadeep showcase featuring some of the top deep and progressive house acts. Key acts include Yotto, whose original productions find their way into everyone’s favorite DJ’s sets, and 16 Bit Lolitas. These Amsterdam locals are bound to make for a a huge hometown show.


Thuishaven Friday w/ Life and Death

Axel Boman / DJ Tennis / Gommage / Gerd Janson / Henrik Schwarz / Job Jobse / Leon Vynehall / Red Axes and many more

15:00 – 06:00 / Thuishaven

The weekend is finally here! Head over to Thuishaven for an unforgettable evening in and incredibly unique space. With multiple stages nestled between bars in a hugely industrial scene (think scrapyards and abandoned oil tankers), Life and Death’s ADE showcase awaits. The Italian label brought out all the stops, with huge names littered throughout this lineup. Between Henrik Schwartz, Axel Boman, and DJ Tennis, there’s a sound for all styles and a DJ pushing that sound to its furthest limits.


Audio Obscura x Stephan Bodzin at Scheepvaartmuseum

Luna Semara / Nicolas Masseyeff / Patrice Baumel / Stephan Bodzin

20:00 – 03:00 / Scheepvaartmuseum

This one’s definitely something special. First, the promoter, Audio Obscura, which is known for its legendary events in obscure and unexpected settings. Next, the fascinating architecture of the famous National Maritime Museum in central Amsterdam. Finally, four hours of the incredible talents of Stephan Bodzin, the live-techno genius. Combine those three elements for one of ADE’s most unique events this year. For those looking for somewhere to physically stay put while going on a musical journey — look no further.


Awakenings x Maceo Plex Presents Mosaic

Architectural / Job Jobse / Floating Points / Ben UFO / Maceo Plex / Helena Hauff

22:00 – 08:00 / Gashouder

It would be impossible to have an ADE list without mentioning an event at Gashouder. This techno Mecca features a massive dancefloor, booming sounds, incredible production, and even indoor screaming fireworks. With so many events at this pinnacle space, it can be hard to choose just one, but Maceo Plex’s Mosaic party is guaranteed to be one to remember. Backstopped by the brilliant minds behind Awakenings, Mosaic’s lineup is hugely diverse. While mainstays like Maceo Plex and Floating points are obvious must-sees, don’t sleep on Helena Hauff, one of the princesses of acid and electro. That German sound is bound to get attendees jumping.


Berlin: Watergate x Club Feierei

Adana Twins / Jan Blomqvist / Anja Schneider & La Fleur / Seth Schwarz / Jan Oberlaender / Kiasmos and many more

22:00 – 07:00 / WesterUnie

Speaking of Germany, famous Berlin club, Watergate, is hosting what looks to be an unmissable night. The lineup is full of regular German club residents and additional stars from across Europe. Ears will perk at the idea of an Anja Schneider B2B La Fleur set, which is bound to be entirely epic. Two female label bosses and boundary-pushers together on the same stage. German and Swedish sounds will collide. What more could you ask for?


DGTL x Paradise

Jamie Jones / Dubfire [live] / Derrick May / Maya Jane Coles / Richy Ahmed / Darius Syrossian / Luuk van Dijk and more

22:00 – 07:00 / Scheepsbouwloods

Scheepsbouwloods is described by Resident Advisor as the “ultimate rave location on the NDSM-wharf.” What better way to hit the “ultimate rave location” than with the ultimate rave? DGTL, Amsterdam-based cutting edge dance music event producers, bring Jamie Jones‘ Paradise party to this epic location. And of course, following Jones comes an insane lineup of techno, tech house, and house heavyweights. It doesn’t only feature label boss and tech-house party-vibes legend Jones. It doesn’t only feature Derrick May, one of the Detroit-based pioneers of techno and members of legendary trio, Belleville Three. It doesn’t only feature a rare live Dubfire set, featuring all original production. This lineup features all three of them plus Maya Jane Coles, Richy Ahmed, and countless others. 


Afterlife

Tale Of Us / Solomun / Dixon / Recondite / Mind Against / Adriatique / Mathew Jonson / Kobosil / Shifted / and more

14:00 – 14:00 / Warehouse Elementenstraat

For those looking to avoid party-hopping and seeking a true, nearly endless, immersive experience, look no further than the Afterlife party on Saturday night. Curated by masters Tale of Us, the lineup a deep mix of incredibly diverse minimal and masterful artists. Not only are Tale of Us, Ardiatique, and Mind Against hitting the decks, but there’s a huge variety of live sets in the mix. Mathew Jonson, Recondite, and Agents of Time are all coming out to round out the incredible mix of DJs with their live sets. Additionally, a special Solomun B2B Dixon set is bound to feature a full dance floor surging to dimension bending sounds.


elrow goes to ADE

TBA

23:00 – 06:00 / De Kromhouthal

An elrow party is not to be missed. The legendary Barcelona day club that has taken their event international. Known for its incredible tech-house and dance party sounds, elrow is has made a name for itself with the sheer spectacle of it all. No lineup announced yet? No problem. Attendees can expect everything from confetti blasts to themed dancers in the crowd on stilts to hundreds of inflatable pool toys to throw at friends — and, of course, the dancing chicken. Aside from the spectacle of it, the music at elrow is guaranteed to meet high standards. The theme for this party is Chinese “ROW” year, and time will tell exactly what that entails.

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Helena Hauff’s new ‘Qualm’ LP is punishing noise at its finest

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Helena Hauff’s new ‘Qualm’ LP is punishing noise at its finestHelena Hauff Qualms

There’s a fleeting moment on Helena Hauff‘s new album, fifteen minutes into the fifty-six, on the track “Entropy Created You And Me,” where the smoke clears. Listeners come up for air from the abrasive noise that had been pummeling their eardrums, and bask in robotic undulations and ethereal synths for three minutes. These three minutes might not seem like a long time to an outsider, but in a collection of searing, soul-crushing syncopation, it’s an eternity.

Like leaving an all-night rave after hours of darkness and punishing techno, only to have the brightness of the sun blind you on the way out, Hauff’s music leaves no room for pleasantries. Even in its moments of pared-down production intensities and sparkly synth line interjection, longtime listeners of Hauff know, and admittedly await, the darkness that lies around each and every corner.

Qualm might just be Hauff’s finest hand at channeling the unrelenting to date. This might not sound like much, given it’s only the second full-length release from the Hamburg act — but its gargling drum machines and raw synth lines guide listeners into a state of sheer oblivion that only music, or quite frankly, consuming inconceivable amounts of drugs, could achieve. Qualm is a pure, unadulterated deep dive into electro’s depths. This is shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine closing out their sets with fifteen minutes of feedback and noise music, and this is Hauff creating the most uncompromised music of her career.

Most unwaveringly, this is not noise for the faint of heart. Qualm is free from the frills of “good” production, and that’s the point. Qualm paints a vivid storyline of the demolishing qualities of noise, EBM, etc. and pulls from the pockets of the Hamburg producer’s inspiration. This is what the world would look like after a nuclear attack, and Hauff isn’t here to offer remorse or reassurance — she’s just giving us the soundtrack.

Stream Helena Hauff’s Qualm

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Helena HauffHamburg-based producer and DJ Helena Hauff has had a slow but steady come-up. She started making a name for herself back in 2013, when her first release was picked up by Werkdiscs, the label started by Actress’ Darren J. Cunningham, and in 2015 she linked up with Ninja Tune for her proper debut, More »

Helena Hauff continues to please lovers of all that is raw and analog with new double single

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Helena Hauff continues to please lovers of all that is raw and analog with new double singleHelena Hauff Paralla

Helena Hauff has released a new double single from her forthcoming album, Qualm, out Aug. 3 on Ninja Tune.

Entitled “Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg” and “It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid,” the raw analog-leaning double single follows Ninja Tune’s recent release of a short film and mysterious new white label vinyl that sold out within 24 hours of release.

“Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg” sounds exactly like one might imagine an intelligent robot would communicate; cerebral and glowing with anticipated knowledge and expansiveness of the world it exists in. It’s an aqueous track that escalates in anticipation as if it were made to score a Ridley Scott film. “It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid” is equally cinematic, though it delivers an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, and fear.

Hauff’s new album Qualm derives its title from the German word kvalm, which translates as fumes or smoke, whilst the English meaning literally refers to an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear.

Qualm is out Aug. 3 via Ninja Tune.

WATCH: Helena Hauff shares an eerie new short film ahead of upcoming album ‘Qualm’

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WATCH: Helena Hauff shares an eerie new short film ahead of upcoming album ‘Qualm’VinylFactory HelenaHauff B1

German techno and electro dilettante Helena Hauff is getting ready to release her highly-anticipated album, Qualm, out August 3 via Ninja Tune. Ahead of the release, the label’s shared a new eerie teaser of what listeners can expect on top of a mysterious new  2×12″ white label which seems to bear no relation to Hauff aside from its catalog number, “HH253,” bearing her initials. What is known, however, is the piece that was shared in the video is a staggering, gritty electro work with offbeat rhythms and chaotic synths.

The record is limited to 150 pressings and comes with a 70mm film negative of the Qualm short film. So far, it’s been slipped into Ninja Tune’s own web store and sold at esteemed world-renowned record stops like Phonica, OYE Records, Rough Trade, and Serendeepity.

DA presents: 10 sets you can’t miss at Movement 2018

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Words by Bella Bagshaw and Grace Fleisher

Despite a visibly shifting techno scene stateside, 2018 marks one of the most banner years for  Detroit, and America’s finest house & techno institution — Movement. With a booking that arguably serves as a controversial departure from the city’s roots, Movement’s 2018 programming captures the experimental essence of the times, a time where producers are gifted more creative freedom than ever to explore new sounds and the space between genres. As some techno becomes more and more of an amorphous body of music, free from rigid delineations, and a spectrum of experimentation emerges, there will always be those that prefer the pioneers lead the way.

No matter whether one’s an old techno head, a Drumcode-stan, or feeling the direction that Dirtybird is taking tech house, there’s one thing we can all agree upon — Movement will deliver. Ahead of the festival, Dancing Astronaut has taken to compiling the 10 sets not to miss. From the more obvious, Detroit-heavy mainstays who continually rep the city, to the purveyors of present and past innovation, 2018 promises to be an unmissable installment. Movement is techno history in the making. Don’t miss out. 

10) Shigeto

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Movement 2018 marks a proper Shigeto homecoming. Beyond the Ghostly International artist’s booking, which will allow him to showcase his triumphant new album, The New Monday, Zachary Saginaw represents the exemplary booking of Movement’s solid undercard. An equally exemplary representation of what it means to be a musician in the modern age, Saginaw’s music is a union of classical training, energetic ambient programming, hip-hop, jazz, raw passion, and everything in between. His latest work was inspired by a return to the city of Detroit and is delivered with an unequivocal passion that meets Motown’s diverse musical history, which not to mention, promises a spectacular live show, complete with an impassioned fervor on the drum kit. Shigeto recently launched his own label, Portage Garage Sounds, which doubles as a creative outlet for the city’s local musicians and as a weekly showcase purveyor at the city’s Motor City Wine. He’s steeped in the breadth of what it means to be a working artist in the birthplace of techno and will undoubtedly do the city justice, playing everything from Motown to Danny Brown come his Hart Plaza descent.

9) Mija

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It’s more than likely Mija’s “Fk A Genre” mentality will take a backseat to her longstanding love for Detroit techno, if nowhere else but for her 2018 Movement set. Coming off her highly stylized HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS EP, Mija can usually be found wielding buoying bass music these days. However, cleaning up the festival this year just behind Rezz, from 8-10 on Monday, she’ll be showing the Stargate Stage just how deep her omnipresent tech house tastes run. 

8) Dubfire

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Celebrating the 10th anniversary of both his illustrious solo career and the inception of his SCI+TEC label, internationally revered DJ, Dubfire is showing no signs of ware. The Iranian “Exit” producer will return to Movement for a two-hour 10-midnight headlining set. Fans would be hard-pressed to miss it, as the four-time nominee and Grammy-Winner is known to seamlessly summon sets straight out of the techno underworld.

7) Carl Craig

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Carl Craig can be described as an electronic music icon, a world-class dancefloor experimentalist, and an ambassador for his native Detroit, but no such term would suffice for the work and art the man has bestowed upon the city of Detroit — and really, the entire world of techno — over the last few decades. Having served as the co-creator and artistic director for the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 and 2001, Craig’s served on the frontlines of the techno revolution in Detroit since its dawn.  With a plethora of releases under a multitude of aliases, Carl Craig has had more musical personalities than most electronic artists in their lifetime. Whether he’s serving up his deep commitment to soul, jazz, or techno come Memorial Day weekend, Hart Plaza is in for a treat. Craig will be reminding attendees that Detroit is the birthplace of techno, after all.

6) Ida Engberg

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One half of the techno’s Swedish power couple, Ida Engberg has been spinning her intoxicating web of minimal house and techno on the high-profile, low-nonsense techno label, Drumcode, spearheaded by her highly decorated husband, Adam Beyer for quite some time now. Born in the suburbs of Stockholm and coming up through the Swedish underground club scene, she has more than paid her dues. Don’t miss Engberg show the boys at Pyramid Stage how it’s done Saturday.

5) Helena Hauff

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Revered for her outpouring love for 80s synths, industrial, and cold wave classics, Helena Hauff is leading the avant-garde hardware movement in both electro and techno. As a supreme selector and enthusiast for a vast array of musical subcultures; her sets boast everything from punk to nu-wave, industrial, krautrock, and avant-garde electro. Hauff’s pushing the boundaries of what it means to exist as an artist.  She’s rooted in raw experimentation, and her Movement set promises a polar opposition to the perfect, polished mainstream.

4) FISHER

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Dirtybird Australian newcomer, Fisher’s iconic “Ya Kiddin’” track took on a life of its own last summer, rapidly becoming one of the most Shazamed anthems of the 2017 festival season. Since then, he has stunned with his Oi Oi EP, containing hits like “Stop It,” which has had everyone from Dirtybird Campout to Coachellamovin’ up and down side to side like a rollercoaster.” Follow the Fish Saturday to the Movement stage to get a piece of the funky frenzy everyone in house music has been raving about.

3) Nina Kraviz

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Perhaps the best way to sum up the work of the Russian dentist turned DJ, Nina Kraviz, is by taking a look at her quote “Music is a continuum connecting generations,” in her crowning piece as Mixmag‘s 2017 DJ of the year.  The cosmonaut dentist weaves through eras with ease, and with little to no novacane, too. Her Movement set will be one of her few performances stateside in the next year, and with her burgeoning, mutant techno, power-house bombs, and a few trance numbers, attendees won’t want to miss one of the most talked about stateside techno sets of the coming year.

2) Claude VonStroke

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Dirtybird label head and founder, Claude VonStroke, will show fans who isn’t afraid of Detroit Saturday at the official Movement Stage. The Dirtybird crew is an unrelenting force at movement each year—this year notwithstanding—though VonStroke is sure to wield a massive set, as his proclivity for Detroit techno is hallmarked by his explosive, omnipresent appearances at Movement. His 2016 set at the fest for example, shook Detroit to its core when he teamed up with none other than Green Velvet at the Red Bull stage for one of their classic, unforgettable 90 minute b2b sets.

1) Charlotte de Witte

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Charlotte de Witte is the name on the tips of the techno world’s proverbial tongue. With a style that remains as tied to the underground techno scene as it is trance, and Belgium — where de Witte’s from — she’s proving to be an all-around revelation for the state of techno. With a DJ set that’s guaranteed to keep the audience moving and a thunderously aggressive, stripped-down approach to her own music, de Witte is a multifaceted artist of the finest degree, and her Movement set will undoubtedly deliver on the thunderous nature of techno that so many desire.

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Adam Beyer joins forces with Helena Hauff & James Dean Brown for polished Boiler Room set

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Adam Beyer hit the Vienna Boiler Room decks in late November with an over three-hour-long mix of tantalizing techno and electro. The auditory journey that unfolded is now available for listeners to revel in.

At the helm of the Drumcode label boss’ ever-flourishing career, Beyer was joined by the experimental Hypnobeat duo — which is comprised of James Dean Brown and Helena Hauff. Hypnobeat was originally intended as a one-off solo live show by James Dean Brown at Serendip Festival, held in Paris in 2012, but it has since sustained itself and transformed into a celebrated, eclectic venture. It truly evolved as an act when Hauff joined in 2013.

Presently, the two aid Beyer in a true 808-odyssey with their polyrhythmic approach. Hypnobeat backs up Beyer in their experimental grandeur, truly taking the mix “Into The Dark.”

As the Stockholm-heavyweight serves up his polished brand of techno that’s propelled him as one of the genre’s most-sought-after acts, it becomes readily apparent why his reign as a supreme player in the genre maintains itself after all these years.

 

 


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