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Women in techno are a hot topic at the moment within a scene that for years has been dominated by men. One thing that still remains true as more and more women join the ranks is that blatant misogyny becomes more vocal. It’s clear that women still have to fight in a scene where many men think they can do everything they do better. However I will have to disagree strongly with these men’s inflated egos because for me I’ve always been drawn and inspired by women artists way more than men.

If you will notice this playlist has been music mostly from women. This isn’t because I don’t like electronic music from guys, but I’ve always been drawn to the women in techno. Personally I believe they are the ones who are bringing the freshest music and bring the most interesting DJ sets to the table. Even since I first got into this music is was always the women who were making me excited about electronic music. This week’s artist I just discovered recently and I’m surprised she slipped under my radar for so long.

Helena Hauff has a style that is not always a clear-cut example of techno music. She brings a very experimental approach to her music with heavy influences from industrial music and acid. Even the names of the tracks are abstract and intriguing. I choose her track “29acid3” from her 2017 album ‘A Tape.’ The solid acid track is one of the more danceable tracks on the album and is a playful acid journey that shows only one of the dimensions of this genre-crossing artist. Check out the album for a full range of Helena Hauff’s musical prowess.

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About the Curator - Matt Pentycofe

Musically inclined at a young age, Matthew would play many instruments and perform in musical theatre until he became a teenager. It was during these years that he discovered techno music from attending his first rave parties. These fated events would start a chain reaction love affair that has continued now for 18 years.

Finding an immediate passion as a DJ his musical persona James Demon was born. While navigating through the house and techno scene worldwide he would eventually relocate to Berlin and launch his record label Occultists. The record label features mystical electronic music with an esoteric and occult flair. 

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