For their next release No.19 Music look once again to UK producer ERIC VOLTA, who repeats his "Master of Puppets" success by further collaborating with vocalist, Gretz. The record features three stunning tracks and one reprise, all of which deal in Volta’s usual sense of keen synth artistry further enhanced by Gretz’s emotive vocal performance. Following yet another brilliant EP, he will continue his string of North American tour dates, making stops at Output in Brooklyn for No.19's highly anticipated 'Social Experiment' takeover on Friday, March 21 and a solo affair at Stereo in Montreal on Saturday, March 22, before making his appearance at Winter Music Conference aka Miami Music Week. Volta is also primed to hit the festival circuit this season, making his grand entrance at Moog Fest, Mysteryland Festival and Electric Forest.
The title track "Blood Burgundy" goes first and is a deep and emotional affair with low swinging claps, heart aching vocals that express serious emotional pain and plenty of rueful synth lines to tie it up in style. It’s a magical bit of music that is seriously melancholic at the same time as making you want to dance.
"Concrete Jungle" is a cut inspired by a Volta and Gretz shared, twisted night on Berlin’s streets. It’s a more experimental affair than the others here, with arpeggiated, pixelated melody lines, stepping beats and rubbery kick drums. Pained vocals float in the midst of the quickened groove and ethereal harpsichord notes linger in the background, drawing you in.
"Against the Rain" is a beautifully beatless affair filled with ambiance and a keen sense of loneliness. All sorts of glassy keys and slithering percussive sounds warp around each other, as do spraying bass synths, tinkling piano lines and feathery hi hats. It’s a turbulent brew full of atmosphere and it really draws you in to Volta’s unique world of sound.
Finally, "Blood Burgundy Reprise" ends on another heartfelt note. This version of the track is much slower and more purposeful, almost collapsing under the weight of its own remorse. The vocal is placed front and centre and is expertly delivered for maximum emotive impact.
The music on this record has been dedicated to Volta’s uncle, and comes with this note from the established No.19 Music artist which gives some insight into the powerful blend of dance-floor sensibilities and emotional outpouring expressed on the release:“This EP is for my Uncle Farid who heavily inspired my life with music. He was an amazing musician who lost much, including his ability to hear, yet regained it all with his big heart and courage.”
‘Blood Burgundy’ is a truly heartfelt EP that expresses plenty of pain in beautifully musical ways. It’s rare that dance music reaches such solemn heights, yet Eric Volta does so with an expert ear and lingering sense of emotion that stays with you long after the EP finishes playing.
"[Volta's] varied upbringing and multi-culture exposure helped to fuel his diverse artistic and musical curiosity
that has helped him grow into the unique artist that he is today." - Deep House Amsterdam
"Hailing from London yet frequently roaming the globe, Eric Volta subsequently channels his broad-based
experiences into sophisticated, forward-thinking music." - MyBeatFix
Eric Volta North American Tour Dates
March 21 Brooklyn, [email protected] Output (No.19 Social Experiment)
March 22 Montreal, CA @ Stereo Nightclub
March 26 Miami, FL @ Wall (Modern Love Affair)
March 28 Miami, FL @ Trade (No.19 Social Experiment)
April 24 Ashville, NC @ Moog Fest (No.19 Social Experiment)
May 26 Bethel, NY @ Mysteryland Festival
June 28 Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest
1) Eric Volta ft. Gretz - Blood Burgundy (Original Mix)
2) Eric Volta ft. Gretz - Concrete Jungle (Original Mix)
3) Eric Volta ft. Gretz - Against The Rain (Original Mix)
4) Eric Volta ft. Gretz - Blood Burgundy (Reprise)