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Helena Hauff


Second full-length electro album from the Hamburg-based DJ and producer

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Ninja Tune
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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Zeitgeist DJ bends techno to her will
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  2. 8.5 |   The 405

    Its agitated kineticism and flagrant oddness, blossoming from Hauff’s intrinsic charisma and craft, is exhilarating
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  3. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    Like all of Hauff’s work, Qualm offers a lot to chew on while also resisting overanalyzing. You let it lure and lash you, let it move you or just move on
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  4. 8.0 |   Clash

    A glance into the past and a look to the future. There is nothing apologetic about this record, and that’s what makes it so great
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  5. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Finds the German producer flexing her muscles
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  6. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    One of 2018’s most bombastic and memorable dance music releases
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  7. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    With Qualm, Hauff has further enhanced her reputation as a vital voice in contemporary dance music
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  8. 8.0 |   Q

    Her penchant for acid blurts and seductive basslines rings throughout this characterful collection. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Qualm vividly reflects the great expanse of Hauff’s DJ sets which span acid, electro, EDM, techno and post punk
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  10. 8.0 |   All Music

    Qualm generally shifts away from the Drexciyan melodies of Discreet Desires, but it's just as precisely focused as that album, and anyone who has enjoyed her prior recordings or Hauff's unrelenting DJ sets should enjoy this one as well
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  11. 7.8 |   Pitchfork

    The Hamburg musician’s second album is a spartan mix of techno, acid, EBM, and coldwave. Even at her most damaged, Helena Hauff’s take on noise is nothing short of opulent
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  12. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    The sounds and textures contained here will not be surprisingly new to anyone familiar with Hauff's previous work, but regardless the sum of the album's parts is an entirely satisfying whole
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Drum machines clank and scrape, evoking not just early acid house but industrial post-punk and '80s sci-fi soundtracks. Print edition only

  14. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    A record of dualities, from the title down
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  15. 7.0 |   Crack

    There’s a demolished quality of the record and a couple of overly-indulgent moments mean there’s no point in pretending Qualm is for everyone. But maybe that’s the way club music should be
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  16. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    With Qualm, Helena Hauff returns to Ninja Tune channeling the spirit of The Hague’s electro scene and the bleak essence of post-Brexit industrial Britain
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  17. 6.0 |   Resident Advisor

    She's released consistent albums and EPs that said a lot with a little. Qualm achieves the same, but only in moments
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