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Eric Volta & Sebastian Voigt – Words & Chance

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Label: Visionquest
Score: 8/10

Say what you will about the Visionquest crew (and god knows, enough of you do), but what you can’t do is put the label’s sound in a box. That’s because it’s become increasingly difficult to pigeonhole their output, which of course, is testament to the eclectic selections of Troxler et al. Their latest release, however, is pretty much precisely what you’d expect from the label: dark, murky house music that’s made for the ‘floor. On this occasion though, that’s no bad thing at all.

The release in question comes from sometime London resident and Berlin native Sebastien Voigt, who teams up with his regular partner in crime, Eric Volta, for the quite exceptional Words & Chance EP. Resplendent with sultry, swelling vibes, the original courses at a swaggering pace that soon picks up steam thanks to its swelling, almost triumphant bassline and some mesmerizing vocals.

Visionquest main man Lee Curtiss then crops up on remix duties. Curtiss keeps hold of the vocal, letting it play a pertinent role throughout, while stripping the elasticated bassline in favour of a more ghoulish, pop-tinged palette. Much like the original, it demands your attention from the off, even if it doesn’t quite hit the height of its predecessor.

The final track on the EP sees Eric Volta take centre-stage, as he delivers the aptly named ”One Last More”. Dreamy, celestial and brilliantly meandering, it panders to a lighthearted tone, ensuring the EP waves off on a sophisticated, refined and complimentary tip. Even so, it’s the title track that still does the most damage. An EP that emphasises the qualities of all involved – and you can’t ask for much more than that.

 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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