Klartraum – E Remixes Pt 2

June 14, 2016 in Singles

Klartraum E Remixes Pt 2 LucidflowIn the ‘blue corner’ of tonight’s techno twosome we have this remix EP from the mighty Klartraum, AKA Helmut Erbritsch and Nadja Lind. Released in 2014, Klartraum’s E album was released as a series of four EPs, and now they’re taking a similar approach with the obligatory remix ‘album’, with this the second set of rerubs to hit the street.

There are five tracks in total. Our old friend Rishi K is up first with his take on Sky Fall, a laidback deep house groover built with warm-ups and poolside loungin’ in mind. Lucien Foort’s Mayhem Modular Remix of Dark Space Night is an unhurried techno throbber with gnarly sawtooth bass and a hint of acid, while Jon Donson’s rub of Drama Queen , with its 2001: A Space Odyssey samples, takes us into twitchy, minimal territory.  The Vynyard Dub Mix of Flight To Berlin is sparse dub techno taken to the Nth degree, bordering on flotation tank territory with its crackling white noise and mournful trumpet, while finally Nadja and Helmut give us their own Cinematic Mix of Sky Fall, which here becomes an ever-evolving 10-minute feast of lolloping, understated drums, squelchy organic bass, tinkling ivories and synth atmospherics a-gogo.

All good, but Rishi takes the gold for me.

Out: Now

About: This comes as ever on Klartaum’s own Lucidflow label, who you can find (as ever!) on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website.

Paul Moore – Hollow Inside

May 8, 2016 in Singles

Paul Moore Hollow Inside LucidflowTypically fine deep/dub techno shenanigans here from Klartraum’s Lucidflow label.

In its Original form, Hollow Inside itself is a sparse, minimal-leaning affair with lingering chords, fragments of female vocal and, if I’m not mistaken, some wood-block percussion. S’cool, but label boss Nadja Lind’s tuffer, lightly prog-tinged refix is probably the better bet for dancefloor play.

There are then three more tracks to choose from. Lightflow is a smooth, late-night headnodder with barely-there crowd/party noise and warm synth washes, while Out Of Focus is decent but fairly par-for-the-course stripped, twitchy fare. The standout of the whole EP for yours truly, though, is Evolve, which treads similar ground to Lightflow but turns the dial marked ‘dubwise’ up several notches.

Classy stuff as ever from the German stable.

Out: This week

About: You really should know where to find Lucidflow by now, but just in case, here they are on Soundcloud, on Facebook and at their own website.

Sunday night deepness

April 17, 2016 in Singles

Hello! You might remember me, I used to have a house blog. If you’re wondering where TIWWD has been this last month, all will be explained on Facebook (albeit possibly tomorrow). But anyway, long story short, am back on the reviews case now, kicking off tonight with a selection of SERIOUSLY deep goodness from the last seven days…

Johannes Different Things Deep ClicksJohannes – Difficult Things EP
Getting a full release this week is (was) this three-tracker from Czech newcomer Johannes, coming on Spanish label Deep Clicks. Difficult Things itself is an unhurried, dreamy and soul-tinged deep houser built with afterhours or post-club play in mind. Don’t Make Me Wait is a smoother, deep garage-y affair that nods to the Peech Boys, while finally Don’t You Wanna is another 4am deep house cut with warm, dubby bass and breathy female vocal snips. All three are quality but if pushed, Don’t Make Me Wait stands out.
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Filta Freqz Way 2 Go Soul Supplement RecordsFilta Freqz – Way 2 Go EP
Slightly more uptempo and floor-friendly deep house vibes here courtesy of Vegas’s finest, Soul Supplement Records. Just the two tracks on offer: Way 2 Go itself rocks tuff kicks, cut-up/filtered disco vox and a hefty dose of garage swing, while Take Note on the flip is similarly disco-fied but with rolling beats, parping sax and assorted fragments of male vocal (“come on,” “to the beat y’all… and ya don’t stop” and “who got it going on?” all appear at different times). The title track just nudges it for me.
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Gregory Dub Get Deeper EP Gents N' Dandy'sGregory Dub – Get Deeper EP
An outstanding five-track EP here from the ever-checkable Gents N’ Dandy’s. The smooth, Jersey-ish deep garage vibes of Home Is Home get the ball rolling, Floating continues in a similar vein, Come On hits that perfect “deep enough for the sofa, tuff enough for the floor” sweet spot, Dreamin’ takes us into proper blissed-out, 5am territory and then finally Relief plays us out on a lazy, downtempo note. And, as we’ve come to expect from Gn’D, it’s superbly classy stuff from start to finish. Go seek!
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Carlos Francisco Sun Chaser SP RecordingsCarlos Francisco – Sun Chaser
And speaking of supremely classy stuff, here’s a jazz-inflected offering from SP Recordings that’s definitely one “for the heads” as they say! Building from a simple percussive intro, Sun Chaser slowly develops into as wigged-out and groovesome a jazzual, garage-y Rhodes workout as you’ll hear all month, while an accompanying Afro Dream Mix is the same but with Afro/tribal beats (well duh). Which mix you opt for is a matter of personal percussive preference: either will have 90 per cent of the population going ‘What’s this, fucking Jazz Club?” – and the 10 per cent that matter in raptures!
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Miami 2016 Sampler Ready Mix RecordsVarious – Ready Mix WMC 2016
Yes, it seems a little late in the day for Miami samplers but this only got a full release this week. Regular readers of this blog (if there are any left after the recent hiatus!) will know I’m a big fan of Ready Mix Records’ take on deep house and this nine-track collection doesn’t change that one iota. Not doing the full track-by-track but suffice to say that there are nine tracks from eight artists, all new names to your truly but Ready Mix’s usual high quality standards apply, with Beat Factory’s bouncy I Feel Like, Eke’s funky-assed Romb and Armen Miran’s moody Marta particularly worth checking.
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Klartraum E Remixes Pt 1 LucidflowKlartraum – E Remixes Pt 1
Sunday night at TIWWD wouldn’t be Sunday night at TIWWD without some deep, dubby techno from Lucidflow to end on! So here we have five remixes of three tracks from last year’s E album by label bosses Klartraum. Bell Birds Dub gets the most love, with D. Diggler and Yapacc remixes as well as the original all featured; TBH the Original is still my fave but if you want it toughened up Diggler’s yer man while Yapacc gets a bit more abstract and soundscape-y. Elsewhere, Alan Oldham AKA Detroitrocketscience brings us a shuffly, minimal-leaning take on Bill Bill, while Oscar Barila and Jamin Hernandez’s rub of Drama Queen is lazy, sunkissed deep house of the highest calibre.
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Manna From Sky – The Loft EP

March 5, 2016 in Singles

Manna From Sky The Loft EP LucidflowRegular TIWWD readers will know I’m a fan of Lucidflow’s output generally, but this latest release, coming from the Italian duo of Emanuele Mariani and Ermanno Vita, is a bit special even by their standards.

It’s not that it does anything other Lucidflow releases don’t, particularly – you surely know the label’s deep, dubby take on techno by now, and that’s exactly what you get with the four original cuts plus Oscar Cornell remix that make up this EP. You could argue that it’s a little bit more on the housey side than normal, I guess… or you could point to the strong sense of ‘groove’ that’s sometimes a bit lacking in this kinda tackle… or you could simply shrug your shoulders, not worry about it too much and just say that for lovers of late-night, smooth-but-twitchy stoned vibes, this is pretty much unmissable.

Well, that’s what I’m going to do, anyway!

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow herehere and here.

Yapacc & Ricky Erre Love – Jetstream EP

November 7, 2015 in Singles

Yapacc & Ricky Erre Love Jetstream EP LucidflowA two-track, five-mix EP here from Lucidflow that should appeal to lovers of deep house, deep techno/minimal and prog in equal measure.

Jetstream itself, in its Original form, is either a very prog-leaning slice of deep techno or a very techy deep prog cut, depending on how you look at it. Sebastian Albrecht’s Fluffy Cloud Mix takes us into wonky, glitchy territory and is underpinned by stuttering electro drums, while Sousk’s Epic Encounter is aptly named and gets almost trance-y in parts.

It’s the ‘other’ track, Barletta, that’s floating my boat more though. In its Original form this is a nice chunky slab of deep, dubby techno in classic Lucidflow style, but the cherry on the cake is an absolutely superb remix from label bosses Klartraum that’s as close to straight-up deep house as anything I’ve heard from the label, I think.

Out: This week

About: As ever, you can find Lucidflow herehere and here.

Francesco Tarallo – Maturation EP

October 31, 2015 in Singles

Francesco Tarallo Maturation EP LucidflowWe kick off tonight with some typically high-calibre deep techno/minimal bizniss from Lucidflow.

Four tracks make up the Maturation EP. Aesem is a slow-moving, delicate affair that leans towards ambient/chill-out territory. Cellar Bottle 1 rides more floor-friendly 4/4s but otherwise has just as light a touch in the production department, consisting mostly of water-droplet sounds and a two-note bass throb. Cellar Bottle 2 gets a little busier with the addition of one-note synth hits and a stuttered breakdown in the middle, while finally label bosses Klartraum serve up a remix of Cellar Bottle 1 that ups the dancefloor ante considerably while sprinkling a little glitchdust at the same time.

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow herehere and here.

Helly Larson – Star Alliance EP

October 10, 2015 in Singles

Helly Larson Star Alliance EP LucidflowWe kick off in very deep waters today with some typically fine fare from Lucidflow.

Three tracks make up the EP. Spiritual Life is up first, an unhurried little deep tech throbber topped with two competing vocal snips – a chorus’d, soulful one and a rastaman one saying “liberation”. Star Alliance itself is a little more upbeat and houseified, but still with a late-night, dubbed-out kinda feel, while finally Sunset is a deeply chilled groover built for sun-down and sun-up sessions.

Quality stuff that’ll appeal to deep house and deep techno lovers alike.

Out: This week

About: Find Lucidflow here, here and here.

Nadja Lind – Nadja Lind & Friends Pt 2

September 6, 2015 in Singles

Nadja Lind & Friends Pt 2 LucidflowAnd speaking of female German providers of all things deep, techy and sumptuous, here’s Nadja Lind of Lucidflow/Klartraum fame with a five-track collaborations EP which, as the eagle-eyed among you may have spotted, follows a similarly themed EP released back in March 2014.

Saharan Night is up first, a slow-building, moody prog-tinged cut credited to Nadja and Brendan Moeller. Holographic Universe (with Deep Spelle) is a considerably darker, more driving techno slab, while G-Man collab Verboten is a sparse, cinematic affair with disembodied vocal fragments and shimmering synth squiggles sitting atop crisp, rolling beats. Omar Salgado lends his talents on Circo Loco, an uncompromisingly minimal throbber, while finally Ms Lind and UGLH team up for the housier Feeling, complete with familiar female “I feel it!” vocal sample.

Again… every bit as good as we’ve come to expect, nuff said!

Out: This week

About: This comes of course on Lucidflow, who you can find here, here and here.

Paul Moore – Koyote EP

July 25, 2015 in Singles

Pau Moore Koyote LucidflowA pleasingly varied reviews line-up again tonight, kicking off with some very fine deep/dub techno vibes from Lucidflow.

Four tracks in a total of five mixes make up the EP. Koyote itself is quite lively and (deep) house-ified by Lucidflow’s standards. Humble (featuring Little Mouse) opts for a slower, dubbier vibe, amd comes accompanied by a bleepier remix from label bosses Klartraum. Delirium is seven-and-a-half minutes of rolling, dubby beats, sonorous bass and enveloping FX, and then finally Am I plays us out in just slightly bouncier fashion.

I don’t know a label that does this stuff better than Lucidflow; suffice to say they don’t disappoint here.

Out: This week

About: You can find Lucidflow herehere and here.

Helly Larson – Ganja FX EP

May 21, 2015 in Singles

Helly Larson Ganja FX EP Sofa SessionsThree very different releases for you tonight, kicking off with this superlative slice of deepness from Helly Larson and, excitingly, brand new Lucidflow sub-label Sofa Sessions.

Four tracks to choose from: the dubwise Ganja FX itself with its sampled reggae vox and layers of white noise, the more minimal-leaning Horizon, the ambient-with-beats vibes of Lexicon and the similarly styled Sphere. The title cut nudges it for me but all four tracks are every bit as good as we’ve come to expect from both producer and label, so if late-night smokin’ vibes are what you’re after, I’d suggest you check for this immediately…

Out: This week

About: It’s pretty obvious from the name, really, but Lucidflow say Sofa Sessions is “our new sub-label focused on downtempo, chill-out, ambient, relaxing jazzy lounge music and dub”. Find out more at the main Lucidflow website.