Helena Hauff

A Tape

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Originally released on cassette by Handmade Birds in 2015 and subsequently issued as a double LP by Dark Entries, A Tape is a collection of early recordings by German electro DJ/producer Helena Hauff. All of the tracks were recorded in one take between 2011 and 2014 using a basic setup of drum machines and synths, and are described by Hauff as being "sketches." As such, it's a bit of a grab bag, ranging from seven-minute acid techno workouts to short, creepy noise experiments. Not surprisingly, the best tracks are the ones which deliver rough, hard-hitting electro, such as the massive "Tape7." Many of the tracks seem far more intent on establishing suspenseful moods rather than progressing or coming up with clear melodies. This isn't a bad thing, though, as Hauff conjures up some exciting atmospheres from her limited resources. The short, nervous "Split Scission" is a great blast of horror-movie organ set to a techno beat. "Btdr1123" features a simmering acid bassline under fluid, aquatic synth trails. "$§”$43" is far more brooding, with shark-like bass swimming underneath synth strings, ready to attack. "29acid3" is straight-up Chicago-style acid house, but with a springy bit of delay on the beat, making it extra propulsive. A Tape isn't anywhere near as focused as Hauff's proper debut full-length, Discreet Desires, nor is it supposed to be. It's still a good showcase for her adventurousness and creative spirit.

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