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Discreet Desires
Helena Hauff
Discreet Desires
Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune
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September 2015
10 Tracks
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Discreet Desires is the culmination of Helena Hauff's vision of dystopian Detroit electro with a European post-punk experimentalism that she has been carving into the underground across a series of 12"s and mixes for, amongst others; Blackest Ever Black, Lux, Handmade Birds and PAN (with F#X in the acidic techno group Black Sites) However it's on Werk Discs / Ninja Tune that she has found a home for her synth-heavy new beat-referencing experiments in analogue electro. Having grown up on a strict diet of music she could find in her local library and cutting her teeth as a resident in the notorious Hamburg joint the Golden Pudel (a true testament to her skills as a selector is that she had an RA mix out before her first record was released) her debut drop on wax Actio Reactio paved the way forward while the world tried to catch up. Across ten tracks Discreet Desires, her debut LP proper divulges in aquatic Dopplereffekt-referencing electro science as found within the waves of 'Spur' to more slowed-down 80's referencing Kraut experiments such as 'Piece of Pleasure' which whilst having an eye on the past still comes across with a slice of futurism and a timeless element missing from a lot of current electronic music. 'Tryst' is pure UR Bubble Metropolis while 'Silver Sand & Boxes of Mould' is greyscale psychedelica but with a playful punch. A sublime LP that joins the dots between the recent rediscoveries of Regis and the underwater worlds inhabited by Drexciya from one of the most unique voices out there today.

  1. 1 Tripartite Pact 3:16 Helena Hauff Buy
  2. 2 Spur 4:18 Helena Hauff Buy
  3. 3 Sworn to Secrecy Part I 1:41 Helena Hauff Buy
  4. 4 L'Homme Mort 7:17 Helena Hauff Buy
  5. 5 Funereal Morality 4:34 Helena Hauff Buy
  6. 6 Piece of Pleasure 5:24 Helena Hauff Buy
  7. 7 Tryst 6:18 Helena Hauff Buy
  8. 8 Sworn to Secrecy Part II 3:54 Helena Hauff Buy
  9. 9 Silver Sand & Boxes of Mould 3:09 Helena Hauff Buy
  10. 10 Dreams in Colour 1:41 Helena Hauff Buy

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