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ERIC MALTZ

Eric Maltz had a busy 2018 with the release of the first two records on his label Flower Myth, the frenetic Pathway EP and the dub-techno informed Estuaries EP. The smashing vocal single Naked Broken followed on Possible Futures as well as a remix for Marlon Hoffstadt, a debut performance at Berlin’s Atonal Festival and to close the year, a live set at Tresor with close friend Levon Vincent whose Novel Sound label released Eric's 2017 double EP NS-17.

2019 is gearing up to be just as busy and kicks off with “Dream Journal”, two long form cuts for deep dancefloors.

A side “Dream Journal” is one for the REM cycles. A development of Maltz’ signature psychedelic deep house sound, dub sound effects jump in and out of focus, swirling arpeggios pan across the stereo field and a playful piano solo take turns at the center of the stage as a deep bass line and funk-ready drum machine hold the fort.

On the flip, “Subliminal Virgo” is exactly that, hitting with a loose breakbeat and echoes of "Dream Journal" before settling into an unstoppably subby 4x4 throb. A synth solo hides deep under the layers as Maltz adventures into the dark chasms of thought gaps


Eric Maltz Presents Cristina Valentina

Naked Broken

New York producer and pianist Eric Maltz lives in Berlin. He produces and mixes his music in a simple, subtle and elegant way and puts his music out on his own label - Flower Myth.

In 2017, Eric Maltz released his first record on Levon Vincent’s Novel Sound, including the splendid “We Have Power”, an ode to freedom and celebration of life, featuring the warm vocals of Peruvian Cristina Valentina.

On the brooding rhythmic dancefloor, Cristina’s voice opens up and hints at the power of a meaningful lyric, how a loving message can touch the heart ever so strongly.

Over the past year, “We Have Power” has become a permanent fixture in the Possible Futures record bag. The two had to learn more about Eric and Cristina. “Naked Broken” is the first engraving of this newly formed and inspiring musical friendship. A deep and emotive track rooted in a rich NY house tradition and featuring a variety different versions and reductions for the adventurous DJ. Sterling stuff. 


Eric Maltz kicks off his Flower Myth label earlier in the year with "Pathway". Warmly received by me and WHP / Love International star DJ, Krysko, it showed a unique flair and sonic prowess from this producer who owes much of his break to New Jersey's Levon Vincent who mentored him during his early years.

“Estuaries” sees the producer drop his second personalized twelve-inch, and features four electronically produced tracks that, though skirting freely through house music's loose framework, instantly purvey a character and individuality that belies his relatively short time spent making tunes.

Definitely inspired by techno's cutting edge production, the easiest comparisons I can make are with DJ Qu and friend / luminary, Levon Vincent. These are tracks for late into the session, blackened with thick textures and unrelenting rhythms yet dynamic and undulating like all good house music structures. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: I've got a feeling me and the aforementioned Krysko will be bagging this pronto and moving it swiftly to the front of our bag yet again. We suggest you do the same!

Long term friend and cohort of Leven Vincent, Eric Maltz is the latest artist to grace the hallowed Novel Sound. Hailing from New York City, and now residing in Berlin, his life alongside the label honcho has included a long stint in Halcyon Records' (Brooklyn) and a dynamic series of parties that the pair threw in and around the area. A debut album that takes on the industrialized, technoid aesthetic of Novel Sound and injects it with a kind of cybernetic emotion that makes it glisten like a neutron star. From the opener, "Drone Y Besa" which hints at its cyborg-pop sensibilities to the inter-planetary bounce of "Time". "All The Things" sends shatter-like ripples through the space time, as another yearning vocal part gets shrouded in dark matter and red shift. "Symphony At Dawn" sees the second disc introduced with style and aplomb, a cosmic arpeggio pushed ever-outward into the outer cosmos and met with emotion-riddled strings and sweeping mainframe bursts. One hell of a ride this one folks, a more than competent addition to the flawless NS catalogue. 


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