As part of Klartraum, alongside Lucidflow co-owner Nadja Lind, Helmut Ebritsch is also part of an extremely well oiled machine. However it may come as a surprise that ‘The Maze’ is our first chance to see him in solo action since 2014. What those of you may not know is that Helmut’s reach spreads further than you’d expect. Heading up Agile Mastering, his subtle finishing touch is ever-present on each facet of Lucidflow’s output. What this translates to is an exacting approach to production, meticulous in nature.
Start at the title track as your first example. ‘The Maze’ is hypnotically undulating, moving like a boat bobbing up and down on the sea. Helmut then picks up individual elements seemingly by fingertip, placing them under the gaze of microscope onto the track. The descending rave pipe bassline, the sonar plips, every single reversed sample and flourish – nothing here is accidental.
While ‘The Maze’ is full of eyes down mood, ‘Frozen’ is more reverential in tone, feeling it should be played in a club staged in a reclaimed cathedral. The melodic notes in the background move with grace, however the foreground clubbier elements are taut like elastic.
Then, taking a break from the four to the floor, ‘Dolores’ is a dramatic piece of ambient. Poignant key changes and swells of arpeggio harken back to more timeless eras of composition. It’s part classical structure, but also the aesthetic of pulpy eighties sci-fi.
One of the benefits of being in a hot production twosome is the ability to draft in your production partner for remix duties. Nadja takes ‘Dolores’ through two workouts – the club version focuses on those aforementioned shifts in key as the track suddenly finds itself with kick drum propulsion. If we are running with the symbolism of science fiction, then this is the track shifted into the serene galaxy hopping state of warp speed. Then the Lucid Moment take rolls in the breakbeats and brings back into play those dramatic arps from the original.
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Joanish (): “Dolores <3 (Nadia Lind Club Mix) !!" (will play) Chris Zippel (): "Tha Maze !! ++" (will play) Vynyard (Lucidflow): "DU HAST ES GETAN!!!! DOLORES!!!!! Jawoll. Mega Fette EP. " (will play) D. Diggler (too many, i forgot!): "great tracks !!! Maze is big !! thx" (will play) Nadja Lind / Klartraum (Lucidflow & many others): "next level EP! Well done 8-)" (will chart) (will play) Marc Mac (Soundcollective/ It Runs Deep/ Frequency Radio Show): "Class release as ever guys.. top beats..." (will chart) (will play) Chris Fortier (): "good works" Pele Corral (desperadoz): "again a great production, my fav is the maze, thx guys" (will play) Deepinradio (): "Tech with style. Good one." (will play) Hooll (Lucidflow, Krad recording, 324 recording and more): "Amazing Ep " (will play) Ilias Katelanos (Lovezone ,200 Records , I Records Acryl ,Etoka,Pesto): "excellent tracks and real class production !!!" (will chart) (will play) Stefan Weise (Wolf Trap, Lucidflow): "Very nice! The Maze and Frozen are my favourites here. Thank you!" (will chart) (will play) Sossa (): "nice release full support" (will play) Hervé Dias (): "Amazed new breathe! One cannot except non other than top production skills from Helmut! Love Nadja's Touch! She can Groove...Thanks you guys " (will chart) (will play) Misk (): "playlist+review in altroverso" (will chart) (will play) Matteo (): "Big compliments for this intelligent colorful sound waves . Make my mind changing to other good ideas." (will chart) (will play) Lee Guthrie ((Click Therapy/Wiggle/Cubism/SDA)): "The Maze is my pick, but a quality EP all round. Thanks :) " Philipp Wolgast (krad, vitalik, igloo, der hut): "Wow, feels good to be finally back on the lucid flow show, my DJ Life kind of starts again with this release. Solid as always, think The Maze and Nadja´s Lucid Moment Remix of Dolores will follow me into the Club to get played. Big hugs.. " (will play) Radio show Soundtraffic - DJ RIM-K (): "Nice & Deep :)" (will play) Brad Moontribe (): "Really enjoy the floaty vibes of "Frozen" and the Lind rmx of "Dolores" -- sweetness. " (will play) Chris Rayner (Golden Needle Records // Whartone Records // Stained Music): "Cool tune thanks" (will play) Marco Possum (Opossum Records): "The Maze is ace, Nadjas Lucid Moment Remix of Dolores is a cutie. Thanks for sending. " (will play) Markus Funke (psycho thrill / Logism / Bandcamp): "thanks nice tune " (will play) Henning (): "nice mood, thx for it ! " (will play) Eddy Romero (Expmental/ Little Helpers / Lucidflow / Deeperfect): "Frozen and Dolores in all its versions ! For Dolores take Paracetamol !!" (will chart) (will play) Steve Sculpher (www.groundworxsession.co.uk): "The Maze hitting the spot applaudable behaviour from Helmut.... will be supporting on the live shows" (will play) Gez Varley / G-Man (gmr records ,ostgut records): "nice tunes" (will play) Extra Music New (): "I will play and chart" (will chart) (will play) Jay Hill (King Street Records, Lucidflow, 3Bridge Records): "Superb melodic techno here! really nice guys loving the emotion in Nadja's Dolores rendition. perfect for this moody Wednesday on the east coast here :) xo" (will chart) (will play) Supagroove (aka Mark J) (Ahoren Music): "dolores club, all over that!" (will play) DJ Franksen (suara, bcbtec, plastic city, komm mit musik, soap and many more): "dolores in that lucid moment remix is my sweiiet and trippy fave for radio reasons, all the rest is fine too and adds a slight new edge to the labels trademarks. nice!" (will play) Christian Moster (DRadio): "." (will play) Rebecca (xlr8r): "Nice work, thanks!" (will play) Mirko P. (Partygroove.it): "super bomb" (will chart) (will play) Francesco Tarallo (Lucidflow, Trapez, Trapez Ltd., Airmusiq): "Very cool Helmut!" (will play) Breiten (): "Nice! The maze and Delores Nadja Lucid remix are really nice :) thank yoU!" (will play) Mauro Picotto (Alchemy): "Thanks for the tunes" (will play) Manuel De Lorenzi (): "super release. thanx will play alot" (will play) Deepken (): "Cool stuff!" (will play) johnny mack (Deep House Radio): "Can't pick just one fav track. Whole EP is superb. Cheers!" (will chart) (will play) Onur Özman (Rebirth, Brown Eyed Boyz, Dutchie, Night Drive, Onethirty, Clubstar): "Dolores original and nadja's moment remix are outstanding! " (will play) Jason Ireland (): "nice ep guys great work thanks the maze rocks!" (will play) Gabriel Le Mar (Liquid Sound Design (LSD(, Praxxiz): "very nice EP!, "Dolores (Nadja Lindt Club Remix) "and the outstanding original mix of "Dolores" by Helmut Ebritsch are my fav tunes" (will play) ABarth (phonanza fm): ""The Maze" is great!" (will play) Marco Carola (): "downloading for marco carola, thanks" Mary Jane (CURATEURdelMUSIQUE): "thank you" (will play) riccicomoto (LUCIDFLOW / Ibiza Global Radio / Retrospective Zoology / double7music): "marvelous soundscapes...really love dis...will play during my sessions and radioshows..."