Helena Hauff has had a fucking amazing year. She's released two albums, the second of which came via Werkdiscs and is a strong contender for LP of the year. This year she's played more than ever, with over 60 dates in 2015 so far and she's already booked way into 2016.
We caught up with her this year at Dekmantel Festival after she'd just turned in one of the clear sets of the weekend. It may have been 4pm with the sun shining, but Hauff turned out some of the gnarliest, adrenaline-fuelled electro and techno we'd heard at the event and every member of that crowd was truly with her.
Last weekend we travelled to Nottingham for Wigflex at Brickworks and once again, the intimate warehouse space left us reeling with happiness. It's a go-to spot in the city and the long-standing, championed promoters have booked the likes of Julio Bashmore, Ron Morelli, Shackleton, Kowton and Ben Klock this year alone.
Saturday's event played host to Actress, Ben UFO and of course The Hauff. All three gave sterling performances that brought diverse and heavy-hitting tracks to the space. Ben UFO in particular impressed with stabby bass cuts and transcendent techno but it was Helena that stole the show (yet again). Two-and-a-half hours of side-winding, mind-bending electro was the course of trajectory and it just didn't let up. Here are the tunes that blew minds.
Egyptian Lover 'P.E.L.F'
What better way to open proceedings than with a spanky, old-skool electro cut from the don Egyptian Lover. Helena wasn't messing when she started her set and from the first beat of 'P.E.L.F' people were cheering. Game time.