Electronic: the good and bad of this week

Iggy Pop & Underworld, Helena Hauff, and Donato Dozzy.

Remember how Iggy Pop did that track ‘Kick It’ with Peaches and it was one of the greatest dance-punk anthems of the early 2000s? Well, if you wanted confirmation that ol’ mate Iggy might have lost his swagger since then I suggest you go and listen to the two released tracks from his and Underworld’s upcoming collaborative EP: Teatime Dub Sessions. In a trainwreck style reminiscent of the Lou Reed and Metallica album, Underworld do their thing while Iggy rants about the good ol' days, ie: being able to smoke on aeroplanes, do a gram of coke and hit on air hostesses. Oh boy *tugs collar*. The collaboration came about in the lead-up to the second Trainspotting movie released last year, unsurprisingly their efforts didn’t make the cut for the soundtrack. But, for whatever reason, Underworld and label Caroline have decided to power ahead and release the four-track EP, available Friday July 27.

In better news, Ninja Tune Records have announced an upcoming album from the rough and raw mind of Hamburg native Helena Hauff. Known for her aversion to computers and affinity with vintage synths and drum machines – as well as her eclectic DJ sets exploring anything that seems to take her fancy – Hauff’s new album will be called Qualm, and you can listen to two tracks from it now via most streaming platforms. The press release notes Hauff was “trying to create something powerful without using too many instruments and layers,” which I thought was basically her entire music making ideology already, but I’m looking forward to hearing the full 12-track album. Qualm is out on Friday August 3 and will be available digitally and on vinyl.

More excellent release news comes from German techno club/label institution Tresor, announcing that for their 303rd release (holy moly), everyone’s favourite Italian professor of techno – Donato Dozzy – will be doing a solo acid album called Filo Loves The Acid, in a not-so-subtle Fonzy-style “eyyy” to the classic Roland TB-303 synthesiser. For those unaware, the 303 was a synthesiser/sequencer introduced in 1981, originally designed for guitarists to program in basslines and practice alongside. However, producers and DJs in the Chicago house scene had other ideas – hearing something special in the 303’s bizarre squelchy sound and bouncy sequencing. Thus, acid-house was born, and the 303 is still sought after to this day. Dozzy’s first full-length record for Tresor will be out on Friday July 13, you can hear Dozzy doing what Dozzy does best on the preview track ‘Back’ via Tresor’s Soundcloud.