Welcome to the next Tour De Traum chapter. The response to our request to send us demos has been great again! We have been an international label from the start and now we can see artists from countries such as Egypt, Malaysia, India, Iceland, Brazil featured regularly on our imprint which is great and would make out tutor John Peel happy. We like this colorful mix of melodic techno, electronica, chill out and whatever you want to name it. Join and and discover what we have discovered!
The new Tour de Traum kicks off with a blast! Featuring a brand new track by our beloved Canadian producer Groj aka Kevin Jamey. For all of you who love New Order’s "Blue Monday"... and we do… will always... this could be a hymn for you! It connects style wise to Groj’s deep vocal songs on his last EP "Love You Do“ and shows his skill to masterfully blend indie, neo disco and electronica on the highest emotional level.
Dan Baber returns to Tour De Traum with an energetic melancholic thunder of a track! Rattling percussion, wandering feedbacks, wonderful ethno laced sounds, Dan has a flow and deepness in his music that seeks its comparison.
Dominik contributes one of his recent tracks he has released with us. The track starts as an old techno stomper... as we know them from influential Alex Cortex (way back then) and then morphes into the twisted world of Dominik Eulberg grabbing a good chunk of rave dust to throw high up into the air. Collective feel on the highest level.
We release here an unreleased "reconstruction" of the track which was on Ryan Davis and Microtrauma’s last Ep with us. Ryan has reworked it according to his live set resulting in "Calendula“ with a much more epic break down witch is really nice!
With Hernan Cerbellos track "Commutateur" we return to the city of Buenos Aires, the city where it all started for us... the label TRAUM.
This wonderful ambient track seems to bring together the sadness and the happiness of a golden.
We have been listening to Hassan Abou Alam’s music since we first heard it. Hassan is producer who lives in Giza/Egypt and has this kind of unpredictable feel to his tracks that comes across as smooth and easy, that even a 303 sequence cannot interrupt it! Feel the hypnotic heatwave he brings about with his compositions and you will get addicted!
Franz Alice Stern is no stranger, he has released already with us on Tour de Traum and returns with the powerful melodic track. "Glory Way" combines unique sound aesthetics with a love for detail. All is very composed and follows a logic. Somehow it evokes the feeling of electronic supergroups of the seventies in its mightiness but also adds the determination of todays techno.
Koelle returns with a deep sensual groover that formulates its melodic themes thorough piano chords, ascending moog sounds and is by all means a very soulful piece of music.
"Helicopter On Mars" is a night groover and a captivating hypnotic minimalistic track. This is great sequential minimal music that never lets you down. Or as we call it: "heavenly monotone funk".
Cosma Castiglia and Fabrik Way who both have released for us separately on previous Tour De Traum’s here team up to record a mighty composition. They unite different genres with a lot of skill and knowledge to create a spine tickling sensation that comes in waves.
Ian Max Mauch has released with us before on Tour De Traum. He is American born and studies at a school for music in Berlin and works with different recording techniques at the same time to come to this unique result. When you listen to "Resign" it directly puts you in a place which is an unfamiliar and new one... like a new planet or an undiscovered place… or an unknown island.
The track expresses vastness and the beauty of landscapes, articulated often through melodically twisted tones.
Like a serpentine this melody shows its windings which we follow with joy. Never knowing where it will end, we keep going.
A quite philosophical cool tune that shows beauty can make you dizzy. Great!
German producer Janosch Marek contributes an extrodinary piece of melodic house music. His sequences paint a picture of a bewitched place where to whisper seems just the right way to cope with it.
"Electribe" is the perfect track to whistle along to. The Transylvania born/Israel based Producer Micha Mendel has the focus on making it a cohesive soulful experience.
Brazil based artist Rivadavia Moreira Coura is Kommodo. His track "Dirijo" with its ebb and flow, forms a musical narrative that is enthralling. His multi tasking qualities involve using instruments such as a guitar, synth and a super groovy/ glitchy beat. Dive into the world of Kommodo snow white sands could not be more seducing.
Some of you know the Chicago producer OVC through the EP he did with the dub techno label Telrae. But Nathan has many faces and so when we heard "Pelagia" we knew this would be a track for TRAUM. As with his dub music, his elegance is breathtaking and his sequences that linger and drift through time, are a real pleasure.
We released 2 EPs already with the artistic young artist who composes music in a unique style. If you don’t know him listen to this track we have taken from his last EP.
The American based artist Mark Kunoff gives his debut on our label with a track that sounds as if composed by LCD Soundsystem.
Great singing and deep dwelling, we are sure in the hands of the right DJ "Tonic" can lead to ecstatic dancing in the moshpit and a share force for the creatures of the night.
Trashlagoon have recorded one EP for us so far. This track has an addictive groove and features cool loops plus hand played percussion and played sounds that express fate and destiny in a surreal way.
The French duo has been a force on our label and they released their last EP "Alpha Hour" EP a year ago and have contributed fantastic music in the past like "Signals" and "Joran" tracks which are very big with our community. Their new track "Hilo" has that introvert and cocooning quality that includes also a dreamy nature that relates very much to their work on Traum.
German duo Mitja & Daniel Mes present a colorful piece of melodic techno with playful melodies and epic sounds that build a streamline flow. Perfect for a sunny day and early hours!
Unreleased solo title by Rauschhaus who released together with David Baader his first solo EP on Traum in December 2016.
"Tunnel Vision" however is much more on the techno side of things with accelerating arpeggiators and psychedelic sounding monumental and epic synths. His composed and exclusive breaks will remind you of they're dazzling EP.
"Skywalker" is bloomy and little pearl of an electronic, deep sounding house track. It is indeed very pure and resists the determination to force you onto the dance floor.
Taken from the remix EP of Mario Hammer & The Lonely Robto’s album, the remix unfolds a rather dark and sensual techno quality and gives the original a very different turn which has been big on dance floors at TRAUM parties!
Shahin & Lxuii commit a hypnotic narrative tale of melodic techno. Their track "Eule" impresses through a well thought out composition which features along many things a strong driving synth modulation with dulcet tones.
Berlin based Bryan Matthz delivers a multilayered composition that shifts its attention from driving modulation to single melodic elements back to the modulation to create a rich piece of colorful electronica. This includes also a noisy & rampant peak passage which reminds us of Chicago legend Lil Louis and his track "Video Clash".
The Scottish duo has released with us on different occasions on Tour De Traum. This time they devoted themselves to deeper sensual melodic house music which they fused with moments of epic electronica. We like they're daring approach and present it here to you.
The Natural refers to his music as music that features a "smooth progression" and we can only agree. It is his skill to blend sounds in perfection to create a complex "multidimensional" listening experience. His track "Perception" definitely feels like looking over a boundless horizon.
Japanese Producer Do Shock Booze has successfully shared his music with us before on Tour De Traum. This time his track "Feeling Like I Can't breath" is a trip through different stages, sometimes dark and heavy and sometimes airy and light, maybe even psychedelic. Join his foray into secret spaces of light and darkness...
it is worth it!
Calm Chor is based in India and brings together a lively world of sound snippets with quirky sequential baselines. We like this antagonistic approach and feature here his debut on our label.
"Night Wood" is a complex piece of electronica that consists out of many acoustic fragments that work this very emotional piece of sci-fi music. GeoGeniK is a learned musician, plays various instruments but placed the focus on playing the bass guitar in the past and has gradually shown interest in field recording and using voices in different acoustic places. All of this is very much noticeable in this strong track.
German producer Unfug has been featured on Tour De Traum before and his music has always been strongly influenced by guitar and FX, placing himself in the indie category. And also his new piece "Debris" explores emotional moments in between of sounds.
Unfug creates a great sound experience.
The Japanese artist has released with us before on Tour De Traum and has had a great feedback. So we are happy to feature a new piece of music from him. "Arctic Monk" is a warped melodic track with traits of electronica and reminds of music from the past written by acts such as Bochum Welt (recorded for Aphex Twin’s label Reflex) and Wagon Christ aka Luke Vibert.
The French artist Hugo Heynard has convinced us with a complex and sensual, yet playful devilishly hooky composition and great 3-D sound design. Here melodies are in motion! Not to forget the floating vocoder voices you’ll happily surrender to!
Taken from their last EP with us, this vocal track has been big with a lot of people since they first heard it, so we release it here on Tour De Traum for all of you who have not heard it yet.
"Drowned In You" is a baseline driven foray into modern techno. While a bit more atmospheric and stripped down in nature, there is absolutely no shortfall of energy as this hypnotic masterpiece swirls around into a dance floor tempest. Written with an attention to detail and melody at specific passages that track can captivate the listener beyond the dance floor.
An all-time classic by our core artist from Scotland Nick Dow. A beautiful track which reminds us always a bit of melodies by THE CURE. The track got a lot of attention especially with UK DJs and deserves to be dug out again to give it "a second life" as Nick termed it himself.
The collective of 3 artists from Malaysia has painted with "Fallen" a fantastic deep dwelling psychedelic picture. The track has a nice progression, uses fine modulation and produces melodies in the course of the track that go under your skin. Prepare yourself for a voyage.
The Berlin based artist has written with "Nothing To Say" a track for the creatures of the night... and a mild but urgent tale of sadness and joy.
Navigating through neon lights, never touching the ground… Oddvar’s track is a genuine "paraglider" of a track. Enjoy the flight!
Contributing with "Seamless Figures" a rich textured piece of electronica, Sonus Populi blends piano, with Chicago vintage drum rolls and synth sounds. As if ice cold winds were agonized by making their turns through narrow Italian streets by night "Seamless Figures" likes a good twist.
Comparisons are difficult and seldomly true, but we still had a feeling this track by Swedish producer Anders Rosengren was going in the hypnotic & trippy direction of what Sebastian Mullaert from Minilogue is doing lately and we are happy to contribute this track for your pleasure.
We welcome back the Vienna artist Gabs with a huge track called "Der Weg Ist Zu Viel". The track follows a wanderlust narrative and makes the link to music associated with us… so it has all the credentials Traum stuff is made of! Enjoy!
Occam delivers with "Dotted Train" a mix of brutal and gentle worlds which collide here in a fascinating way.
A highlight is also the breakdown which will come to most of you as a surprise. Elevating and in fact a hooky devil... it takes the track to the next stage of euphoria.
No need to introduce German techno wizard Robert Babicz with whom we have released a full length album just now. From this we want include here the track "Where Are You? (Aparde Remix)" one of the fantastic tracks of the album we have picked out randomly, since it could have been really any track of the album.
The duo based in Cologne may be familiar to you through their work for Kompakt (Pop Ambient). They have sent us their track "Auge" which can be termed as drone-electronica. Layered sounds here interact heavily and spawn demanding complexity. Intensive "machine like" pulsating sequences build the foundation on which playful sounds dance. This altogether accounts for a captivating biotope of sounds.
French artists Irène Drésel has teamed up with Mario Hammer And the Lonely Robot for this gigantic sound creation.
"Les Bretonnieres" has the aura of two teutonic plates shifting towards each other. This is no music for the weak.
This is music for sound seeking people... here masterfully crafted and put into action.
When the vocals enter this track it is as if the sun was throwing its beams at us... this is great techno pop music... it has the charm of the 80ies updated with all it needs. Let yourself be enchanted by this song and say good bye to tomorrow.
This Tour de Traum track comes by Argentinian producer Giddyhead and materializes here in the shape of an ambient track that develops in slow motion to full perfection. This might be by title a look into the past... but it certainly is music for now.
Dedicated to the unsteady beat and experimental classical avant-garde the German sound engineer works only with hardware when he plays live on stage and sees this as an important role in his process of his musical creation. "Arbitrary Alliance" is the only track of this kind on Tour de Traum XIII and a track that you discover with each listening a step further.
We decided to also ad a second track from Robert Babicz album to the Tour De Traum XIII. Not many words we have to waste here about this German producer who leads a unique life traveling through the world to absorb the environment. He is famous for his own sound shaping in his studio near Cologne and seeks his philosophy of the good sound.
"Second Valley" comes across as a drive through a sun drenched valley. The picture he paints is blurred with the heat ascending. It combines melodic music with acoustic field recording to create something very organic and sensual.
Joe Miller is an English born beatmonger, as fascinated with off-kilter folk music as he is with techno. He grew up in Adelaide (Australia), where he learned to craft sets that are whimsical, left-field, and capable of evoking a sense of place.
The closing track for Tour de Traum comes from the Düsseldorf based musician who has released with us before on Tour De Traum. Now he contributes with "Memorial" a little pearl of a droning organ track. The track works very much in the fashion of a stream of consciousness played in real time. As it plays along things happen, the volume rises and sounds are swallowed as by the baleen of a whale… everything is possible! Enjoy the ride!
Release date: 03. March 2017
1. Groj - World is Round
2. Dan Baber - Expectations
3. Dominik Eulberg - Taubenblut
4. Ryan Davis / Microtrauma - Calendula (Ryan Davis Redesign)
5. Hernan Cerbello - Commutateur
6. Hassan Abou Alam - Drastic Measures
7. Franz Alice Stern - Glory Way
8. Koelle - Eternal Love
9. Villa - Helicopter On Mars
10. Cosma Castiglia & Fabrik Way - New Heavens & New Earth
11. Ian Max Mauch - Resign
12. Abbott Street Collective - Moments Of Clarity
13. Janosch Marek - Westwind
14. Men-D - Electribe
15. Kommodo - Dirijo
16. OVC - Pelagia
17. Dovim - Makaratta
18. Mark Kunoff - Tonic
19. Trashlagoon - Siamese Twins
20. We Need Cracks - Hilo
21. Mitja & Daniel Mes - Appletree
22. Rauschhaus - Tunnel Vision
23. Anham - Skywalker
24. Mario Hammer And The Lonely Robot - Sirimiri (Hammersche
Modularverschaltung) (Thyladomid & Jonas Mantey Retouch)
25. Shahin & Lxuii – Eule
26. Bryan Matthz - Proud Rise
27. Ariose - Vigor
28. The Natural - Perception
29. Do Shock Booze - Feeling Like I Can't breath
30. Calm Chor - Dance The Night Right
31. GeoGeniK - Night Wood
32. Unfug - Debris
33. Shewasasea - Arctic Monk
34. Hugo Heynard - Belladone
35. sine sleeper - current feat. Marton Harvest
36. Ben Haviour - Drowned In You
37. Nick Dow - Smugglers Cave
38. Idham, Terence C, f.a.f.a.u - Fallen
39. Oddvar - Nothing To Say
40. Sonus Populi - Seamless Figures
41. Anders Rosengren - Tonatiuh
42. Gabs - Der Weg Ist Zu Viel
43. Occam - Dotted Train
44. Robert Babicz - Where Are You? (Aparde Remix)
45. Würden & Pfeiffer - Auge
46. Irène Drésel & Mario Hammer And The Lonely Robot - Les Bretonnieres
47. Vigil Coma - Sonce
48. Giddyhead - Year Book
49. FRITSCH - Arbitrary Alliance
50. Robert Babicz - Wall City
51. Joe Miller - Second Valley
52. Lambert Windges - Memorial
53. Tour De Traum XIII Pt 1 Mixed By Riley Reinhold (Tracks 1-22)
54. Tour De Traum XIII Pt 2 Mixed By Riley Reinhold (Tracks -54)