2015 – Water Forest

2015 – Water Forest

LF090 – Water Forest EP by Klartraum The Klartraum project has been taking a well-earned rest since the 4 x 12 extravaganza of the Enneagram project. While Nadja and Helmut have kept up their studio presence with their relentless remix output, Water Forest marks the first EP that the duo have put out in quite some time. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and it is clear to see that the duo have lost none of their sparkle. The EP leads off with Beautiful which lives up to its name. While driving, continually progressive, it lives on the dreamy side of the aural spectrum, casting dappled sunlight on the dancefloor rather than thunderstorms and concrete. This one comes certified by Circoloco DC10 over the summer, where Klartraum entranced the dancefloors.This isn’t to say that the duo cannot steel themselves when the need arises, as i-Dentity (Yin Version) takes a darker tone before building into orchestral arpeggio, like the approach of a Baroque steam train.Breaking the ten minute barrier is something Klartraum have started to embrace in recent times. Schwerelos is a murky and evolving epic dub. Imagery comes quickly: Underwater caverns, desolate sonar pings, ghostly figures that live in your peripheral vision.Also breaking past ten minutes, Water Forest also signifies a shift in structure. Crafted live with a Moog, Volca and TR-8, it lets its mood undulate over a full fifteen minutes. Certainly one for those familiar with Klartraum to check as it is a definite curveball in their catalogue.Water Forest hits the virtual shelves soon and is certainly an EP to digest in its fullest. Don’t skip...
2014 – Lucidflow – E4

2014 – Lucidflow – E4

Beatport : http://btprt.dj/1IX9KBu E4 is the fourth and final part of Klartraum’s series that has been arriving in bitesized chunks throughout the year. Here, the E in E4 stands for Enneagram, which is a way to classify which personality type you belong to. In other words, it describes which ‘lens you see your reality’ and in which stage of your personal development you made this decision. This philosophy is derived from the teachings of Quantum Psychologist Dr. Stephen Wolinsky, a huge inspiration to the Klartraum pairing of Nadja Lind and Helmut Ebritsch, even to the extent of sampling his seminars, such as on previous pieces like Aaron or through their live performances. Now the collection has converged into a whole album as promised, the cover art segments merged into one full Enneagram. It is fitting that the finale is possibly the finest of the lot, saving the best til last. Bell Birds Dub sets the tone by exquisitely moving through deep dub darkness with only the briefest sun shafts shining through. Bill Bill ramps up the tension, continuing the dub theme but increasing the tempo. Hidden deep in the mix is a low constant held string, the very antithesis of the classic disco string. Treated to two excursions, Holy Grail, in its mammoth Cinematic Mix form, is twelve minutes of introverted awesome. It is a slow burner, taking time to evolve into a low slung piece of soundtracky acid, being right up the with the very best that the Klartraum pairing have ever offered. The Club Mix is no slouch though, lopping the runtime in half and giving little...
2014 – Lucidflow – E3

2014 – Lucidflow – E3

E3 is the 3rd part of Klartraum‘s series that is being released at quarterly intervals throughout this year. Here the E in E3 stands for Enneagram, which is a way to classify which personality type you belong to. In other words, it describes which ‚lens you see your reality‘ and in which stage of your personal development you made this decision. This philosophy is derived from the teachings of Quantum Psychologist Dr. Stephen Wolinsky, a huge inspiration to the Klartraum paring of Nadja Lind and Helmut Ebritsch, even to the extent of sampling his seminars, such as on Aaron or through their live performances. By the end of the year the 4 parts will converge into a whole album where, all 4 cover art segments will be merged into one full Enneagram. For now, we dip down into this third part, where we see Klartraum walking the fine line between deep and club like only they know how to. No balance beam, no safety net, complete mastery. The EP kicks off with key cut Drama Queen, it swings and wiggles before developing with a 70‘s detective mystery edge. In a similar vein, if every so slightly more noir-ish, Flight To Berlin (Flight Club Live Mix) exudes introverted atmosphere thanks to the wistful muted trumpet – provided here by AKA AKA collaborator Thalstroem – and those signature Klartraum velvet keys. Then, for those wishing to completely lose themselves in the moment, you could do no wrong in heading to the full version that props up the end of the EP, where the track is reduced down into a slow churning...
2014 – Lucidflow – E2

2014 – Lucidflow – E2

cover art by Aaron B. get E1 it on beatport Klartraum – E1 get E2 it on beatport Klartraum – E2 RELEASE DATE 2014-05-19 LABELS Lucidflow CATALOG # LF060 E2 is the second part of a quarterly EP series from German duo Klartraum, with the following two instalments due to follow later this year. The E stands for Enneagram, a model of human personality that allows you to describe or to find out through which lens you see your reality. Author Stephen Wolinsky has written a book on the subject and it is something that permeates the work of Klartraum. Helmut Ebritsch and Nadja Lind are Klartraum, the duo that has defined many different shades of house & techno music on a number of labels but mainly their own Lucidflow, which has been active since 2009. Here they offer up four more conceptual tracks that follow on perfectly from the first chapter. The opening track here, Sky Fall’ was created from scratch when Felix Baumgartner jumped from the stratosphere in his famed stunt last year. The club mix version of it is a liquid and funky bit of house that is all off balance and wavy. Warm synths, spacious atmospheric pads and great panning effects all make for a bit of pensive tech that also manages to make you dance. Next up is Celebration’, the free flowing and beautifully synthetic tech track with loopy percussive sounds, rattling hooks and a slinky sense of groove that makes you want to shake your limbs. Tree of Life’ steps away from the dancefloor to explore slowly unfolding rhythms, lumpy drums and atmospheric pads...
2014 – Lucidflow – E1

2014 – Lucidflow – E1

get it on beatport http://btprt.dj/MXGodB E1 is the first part of a quarterly EP series from German duo Klartraum, with the following three instalments all due to follow later this year. The E stands for Enneagram, a model of human personality that allows you to describe or to find out through which lens you see your reality. Author Stephen Wolinsky has written a book on the subject and it is something that permeates the work of Klartraum. Helmut Ebritsch and Nadja Lind are Klartraum, the duo that has explored many different shades of House & Techno on a number of labels but mainly their own Lucidflow, which has been active since 2009. Here they offer up 5 more conceptual tracks that see them start the new year in fine flow. ‘Tiger Ride’ (Club Mix) kicks things off in chunky fashion, with wooden hits and rubbery drums backed by some spacious cosmic pads and plenty of off kilter percussive sounds. Texturally rich and intricately designed, it’s synthetic music with real soul. ‘Sweetness’ is a more melodically rich and spiritually uplifting track with scurrying percussive rhythms and colourful chords all dancing around each other to pleasing effect. Next up, ‘Mirage’ drops down into a deep and wallowing dub techno vibe with widescreen and rippling chords, stringy percussive lines and bittersweet melodic sounds all drifting about in vast open chambers. ‘Shy Guy’ is the most playful of the lot, and comes over like a sound design project aimed to make you smile as much as dance with its reggae tempo bass hops, before finally ‘Tiger Ride’ appears again in Cinematic Ride form…...