Producer, Composer and Engineer of alternative dance, electronica, soundtrack and other music, Lumena has released his new EP “Ich Bin Ein Berliner,” which comes after his 2010 release, “Visions Of The Afterlife.”
The title track was inspired by one of Lumena’s many visits to Germany’s capital and aims to capture the mood and feel of this once divided city and its rich club culture. The track features snippets from John F Kennedy’s ‘Ich Bin Ein Berliner’ speech. Lumena says that “The ‘Ich Bin Ein Berliner’ speech is one of the great inspirational speeches of the 20th century and Berlin is such an incredible city. With this track I aimed to capture the feel of night time Berlin, combining its dark history with its youthful optimism.”
This Ep is an absolutely thrilling listen. “Now Dance,” in particular, is a simple yet beautiful and emotional dance anthem. While some may find the Euro club beat – which is constant – to be repetitive, the tasteful accordion stabs and vocals, nonetheless flow and move gracefully on top. The sheer hedonism of most club music is transformed into true dance music by Lumena. The driving rhythm of “Disco Galactica” is also more than enough to get you onto your feet.
The “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” Ep, makes great dancing music, and great listening music too. Don’t let the word ‘dancing’ fool you, though: the Ep has a couple of songs which, although technically ‘dance’ songs, aren’t necessarily of the bouncy variety. The title track in particular is a song of true, genuine beauty. It has a darker and more ethereal sound, more like Depeche Mode meets The Chemical Brothers at midnight. It really stimulates positive and thought-provoking imagination to a higher level. “MLK,” while more thunderous and pounding, and which is based on the ‘I have a dream’ speech by Martin Luther King, sketches it’s disjointed song structure along the lines of The Aphex Twin.
If you are merely looking for danceable industrial noises and distortion, that make absolutely no sense, then this is not the album for you. However, if you are a fan of atmospheric and mood changing electro tunes with smooth and blended sound variations, that you can both listen and dance to, then this is it!
“Ich Bin Ein Berliner” has a depth and beauty in its sounds and orchestration, that pull you deeper within yourself as you let the music flow over you. I recommend this album highly to anyone who simply loves good synth beat music that can make you both dance and feel. Don’t let the fact that the release only has 5 songs bother you either- there isn’t a single song on here that is less than perfect. In a short space of time, all grounds are covered too; tracks go from dark and moody to banging euphoric bliss.
According to a recent press release, the ‘Ich Bin Ein Berliner’ EP is a departure from Lumena’s pure instrumental roots and is the next stop on his musical journey. We’re eager to know where his journey will take him to next…
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