Qualm has a duality that Helena Hauff enjoys – The German word translates as fumes or smoke, whilst the English meaning refers to an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one’s own conduct. True to form, the record is unapologetically raw and finds Helena returning to her original modus operandi – jamming on her machines, trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers. By design, the 12 tracks are raw, distorted and lo-fi, with Hauff peppering heavyweight, redlined drum machine beats – think wayward Chicago jack, laidback electro and nails techno – with a mixture of razor-sharp acid lines, moody industrial textures and drowsy chords. The clattering intensity of the album’s dancefloor moments is in sharp contrast to the creepy and evocative, soundtrack style electronic soundscapes showcased elsewhere on the album. These – ambient in ethos, but more experimental in tone – are frequently amongst the set’s most inspired moments.
Tallinn Lekker club co-founder Robert Nikolajev hits hard with his new 12” release ‘Retta’ on Päästevest. Nikolajev channels raw grit and pulsating energy in Retta (dance mix). The flip side houses an internal dialogue of unnerving tension.
Tatu Metsätähti and Tatu Peltonen formed their electro duo Mr Velcro Fastener in the small town of Turku, Finland back in 1995. Returning to Electrix with their third full EP, they have delivered their own unique and recognizable electro sound with two new cuts. Additionally, there’s remixes from Silicon Scally (Carl Finlow in his electro guise) and M-twelve (aka Billy Nasty And Nick Dunton).
Joey Anderson meets up with DJ QU for some tight new house/techno on Inimeg Recordings.
South London label and party series Troy Town presents the first release in 3 years from Warren Brown aka Wbeeza. Low slung, heavy-on-groove and atmospheric house/techno.