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… here it’s all blistered and bleepy percussive sounds, warped synth lines and curious bird sounds.
This is a fine new project from Klartraum that will be well worth following throughout parts 2, 3 and 4 in the rest of 2014.
cover artwork designed by Aaron Bolte
Helly Larson: "full support !!! all tracks very good !!!" (will chart)
Universal Language (Lucidflow, Etoka, Space Breaks, Abandon, AMH): "love the mood on sweetness and also shy guy! great, thanks!" (will play)
Matthias Kirsch (JazzRadio 106.8 Berlin and www.jazzradio.net): "Sweetness is just what the title suggests: a sweet, sexy piece of music. Great vibes!" (will play)
Eddie Richards (): "Downloaded for Eddie Richards." (will chart) (will play)
ABarth (phonanza fm): "I thought "Tiger Ride" was sick already in the original version - which it is... But then: I listened to the "Cinematic Ride"!" (will play)
Dom the awesome Williams: "remmüüüxx? ich bin ein schlechtes kind und hab die ep noch nicht gehört! doh! " (will chart)
Flo Gold (-): "Tiger ride (cinematic ride)... like a trip" (will play)
Peter Lewis (Jacks-House.com): "love the cinematic ride mix" (will play)
Justin Berkovi (): "Love the inventive bass on Tiger Ride. Really lovely EP. thank you!" (will chart) (will play)
Hernan Cattaneo (): "really good will play" (will play)
Guy J (): "Tiger ride both mixes for me thnx good luck"
SIS (): "thx downloading for sis ! " (will play)
Alexi Delano (AD limited, Plus 8): "Thank you as always!!" (will play)
Dan Drastic (Moon Harbour): "Like both versions of Tiger Ride. Have to check the other tracks a little bit further." (will play)
Orde Slam (Soma/Paragraph): "great tunes - Klartraum stylee - love it - thanx" (will play)
Stacey Pullen: "cool thanks"
Andre Buljat (): "tiger ride is the one for me" (will play)
Satoshi Fumi (Moodmusic,Plastic City,Klik,King Street Sounds etc.): "Tiger Ride for my set.thanks!" (will play)
Marco Carola (): "downloading for marco carola, thanks" (will play)
Vince Watson (): "Sweetness for me!" (will play)
Estroe (Rosedale Records): "I like all the nice little sounds and effects in Tiger Ride, will try Actually all tracks have something for me :-)" (will play)
Onur Özman (Rebirth, Brown Eyed Boyz, Dutchie, Night Drive, Onethirty, Clubstar): "Tiger Ride is a very strong track. " (will play)
Giuliano Rodrigues (Flowing Movement Music): "Sweetness is perfect :) love the claps and bass. ;) The ambient is beautiful. Tiger Ride is strong, perfect for clubs ;) Mirage, is break ambient, so cool <3 Shy Guy is reggae this is the best :) " (will chart) (will play)
Different Grooves (differentgrooves.com): "nice stuff, release fully supported and featured on Different Grooves www.differentgrooves.com/lf053/"
Hall North (Soma, Fade, Wiggle, Cubism, Tulipa): "I love everything here!! Tiger Ride is my particular favourite though! Lush deepness abounds!!" (will chart) (will play)
Dj Laurent N. (): "Another nice release & nice stuff by Klartraum. Will play & FULL SUPPORT !!!" (will play)
Shlomi Biton (Tunnel FM / 2B Continued / Electronique Digital): "nice package, Tiger Ride (both versions) and Mirage are the ones for me... thanks." (will chart) (will play)
Miroslav Digital FM (Digital FM): "Nice EP! TNX DFM" (will play)
Tsugi (Tsugi): "mirage for me"
Alex Kaddour (8bit / Politics Of Dancing / Three Fingerz Musique)): "Wow! loving Shy guy and Sweetness! definetely my favs here! also diggin Tiger Ride. Full support. Thanks for sending" (will play)
Matteo Pitton (Eintakt / Diametral): "nice release, "Tiger Ride" is my favorite track. thanks for sending!"
Chad Andrew (): "Mirage & Tiger Ride are the ones for me thank you!" (will play)
Jon Donson (Lucidflow): "Sweetness is very nice! love the musical touch on the whole EP. thank you" (will play)
riccicomoto (LUCIDFLOW / Ibiza Global Radio / Retrospective Zoology / double7music): "thanx for sending...a marvelous release with a excellent deep mood...lovin it...;)" (will play)
Lewis Ryder (Bigger Deer Recordings): "Tiger Ride is cool! :) Thanks, L" (will play)
Edward Schmidtgal (Embassy Of Music): "" (will play)
Stefan Preuhs (URBNZ): "URBNZ sagt <3 <3 <3" (will play)
Weisses Licht (lucidflow, Supergroove): "Awesome work!!!!!!" (will chart) (will play)
Helmut Ebritsch (Many): "FAB!!!" (will chart) (will play)
Quintin Christian (): "SHY GUY is soooo sick, more of this dub please!" (will play)
Lio' - dubwiser - (Elie Aoun) (Hypnotic Instincts ): "Great EP ! My fav is Tiger Ride , the two versions! loving that fat synth!! Cant wait for E2 !"
Andy Baxter (Pacha, Cafe Mambo/ Ibiza): "Love Sweetness" (will play)
Gez Varley / G-Man (gmr records ,ostgut records): "really like " mirage " and "tiger ride" .. will play out.. full support from g-man " (will play)
Yasemin (): "E-MAZING!!! E1 already in my playlists! " (will chart) (will play)
Paul Loraine (Rhythm Cult): "Great to see a new release from you guys" (will chart) (will play)
Marco Duranti (UGLH) (Get Physical/8bit/Noir/Suara/Caramella/Catwash/Lucidlow/Sanity/Witty Tunes): "Tiger Ride is great thanks" (will play)
Makossa (Radio fm4 / Vienna) (luv lite, gigolo, g-stone, great stuff): "solid deep tracks will try to play" (will play)
Mixside: "Great stuff !!! Thanks !!!" (will chart) (will play)
Lou Lamar (): "Great EP, Thanks Like the Tiger Ride and Sweetness Track" (will play)
John P. - Westradio.gr: "great tracks! will play and support on west radio! thanks" (will play)
Terje Saether (Darkroom Dubs, Lucidflow, Hope Records, ConnaisseurParquet, Savoir Records): "Sweet release! I love the groovy playfulsweetness of Sweetness and the dark groove of Mirage. And of course Shy Guy make me smile and nod my head!" (will chart)
Ric Colair (Depaart): "a wonderful one .. much appreciated listening" (will play)
Augusto Siles (Afterhours Radio Show 99.1): "Tiger Ride and Mirage are aces" (will play)
Extra Music New (): "On promo chart,like always" (will chart)
Tim Benjamin (protonradio): "def. will play Mirage, thanks" (will play)
Simon Whight (Inverted Audio): "Sounds good on my terrible Mac speakers. Grabbing for a listen properly." (will chart)
Ilias Katelanos (Lovezone ,200 Records , I Records Acryl ,Etoka,Pesto): "excellent !" (will chart) (will play)
Khristian K (Lucidflow, Minim.All, Kaputt, Moira Audio): "ohh goose bumps! :) Mirage and Tiger Ride is my pick! full support! " (will chart) (will play)
Silky: "Tiger Ride is banging!! " (will chart) (will play)
Aaron und Anna (www.egoego.tv): "" (will play)
Corrie (Eat More Beef Music): "Very nice EP, nice journey!! I like every track :)" (will chart) (will play)
Pele Corral (desperadoz): "ilove your productions, great like always ;-))" (will play)
Deepling (ReadyMixRecords, EmptyWhiskeyFlaskRecords, Electronical Reeds): "Wowwwwww! There the TIGER RIDES again. Lovely, soulful SWEETNESS… and a blast with MIRAGE! Awesome. thxxx from Hamburg" (will play)
Hervé Dias (): "Sweetness oh yeah! Klartraum moving to the next level! Awesome release and well crafted tracks.Can't wait for the next one !! Keep up the good work and thank you... :)" (will chart) (will play)
Crazy Sonic (): "cool one..." (will play)
Jay Hill (King Street Records, IRecords,3Bridge Records): "Tiger Ride - yes. Sweetness makes me feel warm & fuzzy inside. Mirage - deep, hypnotic I'm seeing kaleidoscopes. Tops always, you two. Clap clap. " (will play)
Technophile / Nesta (Ronin&Nesta) (Smiley Fingers / Hypergroove / Blaq): "Mirage and Tiger Ride for me and shy guy for the car!!! great music as always guys!" (will chart) (will play)
Jorge González - Road to the next sound (www.radiosoundsystem.com.ar): "Nice ep, as always ! " (will play)
3LIAS (): "Superb Ep. all of them are simply amazing will play for sure, Full support to Lucidflow" (will chart) (will play)
Alex Tea (Citylow Records,Save The Blessed, Catwash, Robsoul,Skylax): " Mirage for me" (will play)
Jamie Stevens (): "Excellent stuff! Tiger Ride is awesome. Can't wait to play this out at Rainbow this weekend!" (will chart) (will play)
Mark J (ahoren music, radioactivity productions, progress recrods): "lovely will play! in my final selection for possible inclusion in my monthly mix for Barcelona Connect Mag. MJ" (will play)
Misk (): "playlist in altroverso radio" (will play)
Kostas White (): "another huge work guys some hot stuff here,thanks for sending!!!"
Nick Robson (Lucidflow): "Tiger ride(s) for me. Good kitty."
Jason Pepperell (DEEPSOUL MAISON (Juice 107.2fm) ): "I'll see what I can do"
Gunther (Baroque, Apollo, Replug, Air Snare, Ready Mix, Bad Pony, Itom): "Great Pack, thx" (will chart) (will play)
Victoria (Shanti): "" (will chart) (will play)