There are benefits to owning your own label. Besides being able to sign friends and newcomers alike, while heading up Lucidlow, Nadja Lind and Helmut Ebritsch have also been able to exert creative control over their Klartraum project to their own exacting specifications. Their last studio album 'Enneagram' was a conceptual piece that spanned four releases over the course of the year. Now their fourth album 'Void Universes' sees a similar concept, inspired by the teachings of Dr. Stephen Wolinsky, with each a quartet of releases themed to each one of the aforementioned universes.
The first of these collections is 'Energy Void', which leads with a track that is the sheer epitome of the Klartraum sound. 'Sheng-Fui' is all things rubbery, be it the thwip of the reversed kicks or the huge elastic basslines that soars over the top. It manages to juxtaposition both driving and languid energies simultaneously, odd bedfellows that find themselves at home side by side.
Next comes 'Vision', which presses firmly into soundtrack territories, laden with atmosphere. There is a slight hint of bygone times James Holden about the chord progression, a beautifully light touch on the glockenspiel that dances across the soundscape in ballet shoes. A promise - just watch your finger creep back to the rewind button on this one.
Then 'Dystopia' lives up its name, conjuring up a vision of a utilitarian landscape shrouded the smog of industry. The percussion ticks with clockwork precision, the melodic elements that exist verge on the dissonant before being permitted to raise into a minor swell. Mood, gloom and thunderclouds, sometimes this is what we need to cocoon our thoughts.
Finishing off is 'Void Feeling Interlude', a breezy and drifting ambient palate cleanser, featuring smoky scattered spoke word from Victoria Scott, that will leave you hanging on for the following parts to slot into their rightful place.
Coming out on 3rd April 2017 on Beatport, keep an ear to the ground for the forthcoming 'Mass Void', 'Space Void' and 'Time Void' editions.
DJ Franksen (suara, bcbtec, plastic city, komm mit musik, soap and many more): "feeling vision the most here, will also airplay void feeling, ain't that void to me :)"
Giuliano Rodrigues (Flowing Movement Music): "Dystopia and Vision. Amazing." (will chart) (will play)
Patrick Lindsey (): "nice atmospheric release, cool to listen too" (will play)
Paul Moore (GER) (Lucidflow, Malicious Smile, Unscene Records): "Neat synth works on this EP! I like Sheng-Fui and Void Feeling Interlude, gonna try them out. thanks " (will play)
Russell Deeks, This Is Why We Dance (n/a): "Good stuff as ever!" (will chart)
Lee Guthrie ((Click Therapy/Wiggle/Cubism/SDA)): "nicely done, sheng-fui and dystopia for me here. thanks ;) "
John Buergin (): "nice and moody. " (will play)
Nick Clarke (Eggworm Tokyo): "beautiful stuff!" (will play)
Stefan Weise (Wolf Trap, Lucidflow): "Vision is my favourite here. Great work!" (will play)
Gabriel Le Mar (Liquid Sound Design (LSD(, Praxxiz): "nice and expressive music, Sheng Fui and Void Feeling Interlude my favs!" (will play)
Jay Hill (King Street Records, Lucidflow, 3Bridge Records): "Enchanting vocals on Void Feeling! Vision & Sheng-Fui will definitely be on repeat in my sets! " (will chart) (will play)
Hooll (Lucidflow, Krad recording, 324 recording and more): "Thx for sharing :) Nice Ep " (will play)
Hernan Bass (): "Support, dysopia and vision for me" (will play)
Misk (): "playlist+review in altroverso" (will chart) (will play)
riccicomoto (LUCIDFLOW / Ibiza Global Radio / Retrospective Zoology / double7music): "very nice sounds in here...will play some of dem during my sessions...void feeling interlude is my fav here..." (will play)
Priya Sen (Euphoric Magazine): "Sheng-Fui for me, thanks" (will play)
Sossa (): "cool"
Hernan Cattaneo (): "very good" (will play)
D. Diggler (too many, i forgot !): "<3 nice work as always !!" (will chart)
Justin Berkovi (): "Superb production as always, loving the baseline in Sheng-Fui!!! ufff!" (will chart) (will play)
Ilias Katelanos (Lovezone ,200 Records , I Records Acryl ,Etoka,Pesto): "great ep ! all the way !" (will chart) (will play)
Meriem Medusaeus (): "" (will play)
Extra Music New (): "I will play and chart" (will chart) (will play)
johnny mack (Deep House Radio): "All 4 tracks are equally great in their own right. Especially feeling the vibe on "Sheng-Fui" and "Vision"." (will chart) (will play)
Joanish (): "Vision!!" (will play)
Francesco Tarallo (Lucidflow, Trapez, Trapez Ltd., Airmusiq): "Beauty!" (will play)
Teknobrat (Karma Loft, Karma Dance, Restructured Records, Sounds Of Juan, Kulture Room): "Will play, support & test Thanks Teknobrat.." (will play)
Stefan Addo (System Recordings | Bonzai Progressive | Spring Tube): "Sheng-Fui, Dystopia are really amazing. will play them. Good Luck!" (will chart) (will play)
Jon Silva (Pesto): "Dystopia for me. But is there anything about myself that I'm unwilling to know? Oh yeah, lots of that :)" (will play)
KLARTRAUM [Lucidflow, Soma, Darkroom Dubs] played live at Fabric London UK, Circoloco @ DC10 Ibiza, Tresor Berlin Germany, Lightning In a Bottle Festival California USA, Kazantip Ukraine, Brown Alley Melbourne Australia, Shanti Goa India…