Boomkat Product Review:
Helena Hauff executes a strong 2nd album of one-take machine workouts ranging from icy, beat-less moments to hi-NRG and darkwave pop with 'Discreet Desires' for Werk Discs/Ninja Tune. Arriving 6 months after her very limited debut, 'A Tape', by contrast this effort is a far more polished and organised affair, but still with the requisite amounta muck under her talons' chipped lacquer. It offers ten tracks, each improvised and recorded at her bedroom studio in Hamburg and tested on the road between her countless international DJ gigs and closer to home at Golden Püdel. In a marked difference to all her previous releases, it sounds like she's just got a posher bit of hardware, buoying the whole album with super wide basslines whilst her Roland rhythms bite and jab with patented venom. If we're picking highlights, the salty NRG lash of 'Piece of Pleasure' is a must, as are the darkwave jag of 'Sworn To Secrecy Part II' and the Dopplereffekt-like cadence of 'Silver Sand & Boxes of Mould'.