Helena Hauff – Actio Reactio [WDNT005]

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A regular fixture at Hamburg’s Golden Pudel club where she presides over the Birds and Other Instruments night, Helena Hauff is a killer DJ with a keen interest in classic and contemporary electro. A longstanding friendship with Actress has resulted in his Werkdiscs label issuing Actio Reactio, her debut EP of solo productions. Both the title track and “Break Force” see Hauff utilize her arsenal of analogue gear to deliver two tracks of acid-drenched hardware techno, while shorter production “Micro Manifesto” is more grounded in the realm of primitive electronics.

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Helena Hauff – Actio Reactio [WDNT005]

The Transhumans – Theory & Practise Of Domination Vol II: Pleasure & Pain [TH005]

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Transhumans bring some fresh new techno sounds to the platter. ‘A piece of raw asphyxiated post-industrial techno which explores the duality between two primary stimulus: pleasure and pain…’ “Stimulus 1” is squelchy, acidic, reverberating and narcotic. Tailor made to get dancers vibrating manically next to the speaker stacks come 5AM. Übermensch remixes the track into something equally as narcotic, but utilizing repeating dark synth stabs and darting leads to send the track further down the wormhole. “Stimulus 2” has a bounce that recalls Dave Angel and Sound Enforcer – straight up banging Euro tech. Rolando-esque strings converge on the track as it evolves, making for a pretty spine-tingling excursion. Finally “Stimulus 3” uses futuristic drum patterns and sounds for some cerebral twisting and body eleviation.

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The Transhumans – Theory & Practise Of Domination Vol II: Pleasure & Pain [TH005]