The title has a duality that Hauff enjoys—the German word “Qualm” ( kvalm) 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. We're told that the record is "unapologetically raw" and finds Hauff returning to her original modus operandi—jamming on her machines—“trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers."
A former resident of the Golden Pudel club in her hometown Hamburg, Helena’s profile and global standing has grown exponentially since the release of her Discreet Desires LP in 2015, purely on the strength of her authenticity and her DJ sets spanning acid, electro, EBM, techno, and post-punk. She made her recording debut in 2013 on Werkdiscs / Ninja Tune and has since partnered with PAN (as Black Sites alongside F#x), Lux Rec, Bunker sublabel Panzerkreuz, Texan cassette imprint Handmade Birds and established her own label Return To Disorder (2015). Most recently she released a four-track EP Have You Been There, Have You Seen It (2017) via Ninja Tune, and now she returns to the UK label with a new album.
01. Barrow Boot Boys
02. Lifestyle Guru
04. Entropy Created You And Me
05. Fag Butts In The Fire Bucket
06. Hyper-Intelligent Genetically Enriched Cyborg
07. The Smell Of Suds And Steel
08. Primordial Sludge
10. No Qualms
12. It Was All Fields Around Here When I Was A Kid
Qualm is scheduled for August 3 release via Ninja Tune, with "Qualm" and "No Qualms" streaming in full below.