three years incubation, visionquest compadre antonio thagma returns to follow up his evergreen ‘leather soul’ ep. taking off where his molten constructions left us in 2015, it’s another kinetic experience where the groove is full, and only, focus… and the one and only ricardo villalobos is on hand for a genuinely beautiful remix. ‘sferikum’ instantly locks you in: upbeat with a subtle strut and a maze of psychedelic textures, this one is all about the rolling subs that underpin every element, bringing everything together with fluid motion. it’s backed by the broken electroid charm of ‘everything i wanted’. spacious, pensive and laced with an array of dizzying details from sly acid sinews to crafty drum variations by way of a sudden heart-stopping breakdown. truly, this lives up to its name. complementing these two exceptional originals, and celebrating antonio’s return to visionquest at the highest level possible, villalobos has been recruited for remix duties. a key staple of his sets this summer, it’s a singular 13 minute trip rich in subversion, twists, glitches and surprises. but, as always, the groove is the full, and only, focus. welcome back antonio…
bucharest duo vinyl speed adjust return to visionquest. four tracks of the crystal structure/vsa bossmens signatur grooves, back & forth builds on the introspective motion and reputation of their previous visionquest eps retro and carpe diem: off & on is a tight weave of heavy atmospheres and swelling basslines, blue notes takes us up a gear thanks to a bassline that bumps with authority and a maze of rhythmic layers. deeper again we hit two more mystic moments: noek is deep, direct and driving while late shuffle flips the coin for a smouldering farewell. like all vinyl speed adjust eps it leaves you wanting more.
laura jones has had a breakthrough 2012. fulfilling touring dreams and winning the hearts of the global scene with her sensual melodic house and seductive, driving dj sets, it may come as a surprise that let me in is lauras first, albeit highly anticipated, solo ep. dropping on visionquest, let me in develops lauras signature sound, painting a fuller picture of the artist through deeper techno shades, live vocals and trademark hypnotic style.
CERULEAN REMIXES (LUCIANO, MOFFA X TROXLER, BRUNO PRONSATO & CLOVIS REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK23.05.18
2017 saw cesar merveille & ryan crosson deliver their second long player in the shape of cerulean, drawing on their modern classical, jazz, ambient and abstract influences to create yet another unique listen featuring collaborations with a classical pianist, trumpet, guitar and double bass players. here we see those original parts eschewed into something entirely fresh from friends and close associates of the duo. leading on the release is cadenza boss lucianos sous le sol interpretation of arp, which twists and turns through the hypnotic chimes and emotive piano chords of the original whilst stirring in luciens signature modulating and intricately evolving rhythmic style. following is a collaborative rework from new yorks phil moffa and seth troxler which employs ethereal synth drones and stuttering vocal cuts alongside a bumpy percussive drive and pulsating subs. perlons bruno pronsato steps up next to remix even tides, delivering his typically raw and emotive style via glitched out, mind-bending percussion, elongated bass drones and cleverly reshaped cuts of the originals cinematic elements. l.as clovis then closes the package with his remix of nordic bummers, employing shuffled hats, lumpy subs and crunchy claps at its core whilst horn swells and aiy atmospherics ebb and flow throughout.
berlin based co-founder of visionquest shaun reeves has gradually carved out his unique take of raw, minimalistic house music over the years via releases on dorian paics raum...musik, one records, his new shantu label alongside tuccillo and of course his own visionquest. here we see him pairing up with canadian duo maher daniel and amir javasoul who together as creatures of habit have been picking up attention from the likes of ricardo villalobos, zip, raresh and apollonia amongst others. here marking the debut of their collaborative creatures of shaun guise the duo offer up their mind over matters ep, the title-track leads and lays down mind bending, modulating percussion and synth swirls alongside bumpy bass grooves and hypnotic atmospherics whilst stirring in a tripped-out spoken word vocal sample to further fuel the psychedelic house feel. blink follows and tips the focus over to resonant subs, stripped-back organic percussion and murky vocal swells, again resulting in something mesmerizing and groove-led before out of orbit reduces things even further to refined shuffled hats, minute rhythmic modulations and snaking bass flutters.
merveille & crosson return to visionquest this october with their second long player, entitled cerulean and featuring nine original compositions from the duo. 2012 saw the release of cesar merveille & ryan crossons critically acclaimed inaugural long player drm, seeing the pair veer their output into abstract realms and embrace a more eclectic left on centre production style. here five years later the pair return with their second album cerulean, again tipping the focus over to a modern classical, jazz, ambient and abstract aesthetic, featuring collaborations with juliard trained classical pianist julien quinten, no regular play’s greg paulus on trumpet, wareika’s henrik raabe on guitar, yonathan levi on double bass, moritz baumgartner adding additional drum work and berlins signum saxophone quartet. across the ‘cerulean’ project merveille, crosson and all involved offer up an amalgamation of sounds and styles from the freeform jazz odyssey styles of even tides and nordic bummers to the ethereal ambience of intro (almost raw) and mcyh whilst subtly nodding towards their minimal roots with acid pal and qaudra. the pair also radiantly display their love for the new age modular synth style with arp and life in the 80s with intricately programmed, dynamic melodies throughout, all in all resulting in a truly unique and forward thinking project from an array of talents.
long time friends cesar merveille and ryan crosson return to visionquest to reignite their ‘merveille & crosson’ project in late may with three fresh, intricately programmed cuts. visionquest boss ryan crosson and parisian cesar merveille need no introductions, with the duo’s back catalogues featuring material on the likes of revered imprints cadenza, desolat, little helpers and mdrnty. 2011 welcomed the introduction of their ‘merveille & crosson’ project, with their debut album ‘drm’ on visionquest gaining plaudits from industry heavyweights including ricardo villalobos, and after a five years absence here we see the duo return once again to deliver ‘dream state’, a three track ep that oozes quality from the off. the a side is home to title cut ‘dream state’, a production that tumbles and twists smoothly around meandering synths, crisp percussion shots and a bumping low ends, typical of the duos free flowing and evolving production styles. on the flip, ‘guns’ sets to work through pitched down vocal loops, sweeping sonics and rich textures all reinforced by a driving bassline that carries plenty of groove, before ‘time contraints’ slowly unveils itself with a series of off-kilter gliches and pops, delicate pads and sophisticated sound arrangement, concluding yet another fluent and immersive offering from merveille & crosson, and an excellent addition to the visionquest catalogue.
romanias iuly.b release observatory ep on visionquest, featuring three expansive originals. following an impressive run of eps on moral fiber, bouq, claque musique, memoria recordings and vatos locos, romanian artist iuly.b has impressed a number of electronic musics figureheads and is on a meteoric rise up the ranks of late, his next project leads him to team up with visionquest for his latest offering here.
next up on visionquest is the second single from wareikas righteous and raw wternal album. all little things, here in its club mix incarnation, is another example of the trios hefty musicianship and unbridled eccentric energy, where jazzy textures and pulsating grooves build up with a rising melody to the powerful vocal drop. on the first remix visionquest & nikko gibler develop expansive piano melodies alongside an elasticated bassline and vocal snippets. fred p reigns over the b-side with his raw, deep hypnotic reshape and warmed up spirit dub. this is a distinctly diverse remix package from a rich artistic source.
shaun reeves, one member of the visionquest power force, teams up with good friend and industry veteran alexi delano for the next release on the label with two solid cuts that are deeply mystifying and hypnotic while packing plenty of groove for the dance floor.
montreal dream pop duo footprintz have already captivated the world with their magical debut album on visionquest escape yourself and next single fear of numbers is about to keep the fire burning. as much a vehicle for a true remix master as alight shone on this album highlight, leo zero filters fear of numbers through his own balearic vision and fuzzy warm lens across one remix and two alternative dubs. unveiling laid back percussive rolls and expansive grooves, the zero remix is a slow, chugging masterpiece while the alternative dub imbues a digital folky pop feel with playful keys and a searing melodic synth-line.
making a stand-out debut on the visionquest imprint, one of north americas most dexterous and versatile producers brett johnson steps up with move power - a dense and heady double hitter of quirky chemical romance and rolling sharp edged house with an evocative lick of vocals courtesy of ellipsis.
visionquest return to their special edition vinyl-only series and welcome a new friend to the family: greek craftsman bodj. following a remarkable run of releases on the likes of his own audiorama and memoria earlier this year, the athens-based dj continues his vein of form with these four wide-ranging tracks... ‘parusha’ takes the lead with warm tones and textures. airy pads and an insatiable chicago-like bump to the voluptuous bassline ensure this grabs full attention the moment it enters the mix. it’s backed by three other vital cuts that express bodj’s true breadth and vision: ‘miaplacidus’ celebrates one of the brightest stars in the night sky with a stripped back, sub heavy hypnotic groove, ‘phantom’ kicks with timeless house dynamics that subtly evolve, twist, turn and fold into each other over its eight minute journey before we end with the wonderfully titled ‘trip to planet love’. once again showing bodj’s scope and stylistic flexibility, it closes the show with a hip-wriggling electro twist. slinky breakbeats, bubbling bass and a space-age feel, it’s every bit as cosmic and full of love as its title suggests. a perfect way to end another perfect visionquest trip. happy travels..
fresh names to visionquest, but certainly not new to the game, more than material is the promising new project between two bonafide french selector statesmen who collectively boast decades of dancefloor and studio science: jedsa soundorom and gauthier dm. launching their new alias earlier this year on zingiber audio, their signature has been tangible from the off, deep weighted grooves, warm dynamics and total immersion.
KODAK MOMENT EP (FEAT. REEVES & RYAN CROSSON REMIX)
12" Vinyl UK28.03.18
detroit duo ataxia offer up their kodak moment ep via visionquest this march, accompanied by an edit from label co-founders shaun reeves and ryan crosson. eric ricker and ted krisko aka ataxia have been at the forefront of the contemporary house and techno scene for some time, racking up releases on some of the leading labels across the globe such as leftroom, nervous, culprit and play it say it, making the duo one of detroits finest exports in recent years. here we see them making their debut on visionquest, the label of fellow detroit natives ryan crosson, shaun reeves and lee curtiss. vhs leads the package with murky synth swells, resonant synth sweeps and fluttering square wave bass tones at its core as shuffled drums carry the ever-evolving hypnotic groove along. the original mix of kodak moment follows, shifting the focus over to snaking bass lines, mind-bending, modulating synth whirrs and dynamic, choppy percussion throughout. reeves & crossons edit of kodak moment then rounds out the release, stripping things back to ethereal atmospherics and shuffled drums whilst subtly stirring in the original’s hooky bass groove as the interpretation unfolds.
VISIONQUEST BEACH EDITION SPRING SUMMER COLLECTION 2011
12" Vinyl UK27.03.18
repress 2018 ...following the more house & techno focused spring club collection, the visionquest dream team return with the sun-dappled summer >beach collection<, starring maceo plex, tale of us and pillow talk. part ii of the spring summer collection features a fresh selection of summer jams – a three-tiered melting pot of hot talent, dishing out a warm mix of sun drenched house steeped in soul, both dusky and bright, with an 80s disco infusion. this next installment is testament to the ever-changing moods and winds across visionquest sonic footprint. it sounds like the breeze and the heat of a memorable summer romance, soul music for the feet
julien sandre and mennie return under their jarau guise this january with the saturn system ep, set for release via visionquests special edition sub-label. julien sandre and mennie return under their jarau guise this january with the saturn system ep, set for release via visionquest’s special edition sub-label. france’s julian sandre and italy’s mennie have both individually carved out quite the career over the past decade with the former racking up releases on blindbox, franck roger’s home invasion and e wax amongst others, and the latter holding a residency at tenax club in italy and collaborating togheter on releases for poker flat and housewax of late, 2017 also saw their collaborative debut as jarau which came courtesy of the revered pleasure zone imprint. now returning for their second ep under this new guise the pair join the roster of visionquest special edition with saturn system and taking the lead is le voyage a snaking journey through billowing synth swells, jangling percussive chimes and organic drums before dubhe strips the vibe back to modulating resonant synths, shuffled stripped-back rhythms and lumpy sub bass tones. adrienne opens the flip side with the focus on a swinging drum groove as airy atmospherics ebb and flow throughout. hypnotize then rounds out the package and as the name would suggest relies on subtle nuances to draw you deeper and deeper into the intricately programmed percussion and smoothly blooming synth flourishes.
this october will see canada’s mathew jonson join forces with visionquest co-founder ryan crosson for a two track ep in the shape of ‘robots of dawn’.
canada’s mathew jonson has quite the impressive career under his belt having co-founded the revered wagon repair label and heading up itiswhatitis recordings as well as performing under his own name and various guises such as cobblestone jazz, the modern deep left quarted, and his new project units & measurements alongside hreno and the mole. here we see the synth aficionado joining forces with visionquest’s very own ryan crosson, who’s carved out an equally impressive career to date and will soon drop his second long player alongside cesar merveille focused on intricately musicality and an intriguing approach to electronic music via the visionquest imprint.
as you’d expect from such a pairing this collaboration packs a bunch, opening with ‘tempelhof’ named after the now defunct airport in berlin and laid out over thirteen minutes of gradually unfolding and retracting acid swells, resonant synth whirrs, mind bending arpeggios and dynamic, baroquely evolving rhythms.
title track ‘robots of dawn’, featuring added help from cesar merveille and new upstart artist isis, captures an old school electro feel via an 808 drum workout, vocoded vocal murmurs and funk-infused wandering bass lines whilst modulating synths spiral through the depths of the composition.
visionquest special edition returns this september with sakro s supersymmetry ep. edgardo alonso aka mexican producer and dj sakro has been rising up the ranks over the past few years with his raw, stripped-back approach to house seeing him release material with revered imprints in the field such as raum...musik, housewax, karlovak and fathers & sons. here we see the sakro joining the roster of visionquest offshoot special edition, the vinyl only imprint home to material from ricardo villalobos, craig richards, wareika and konrad black amongst others. up first on the package is lusyd , a shuffling percussion fuelled number featuring swinging snares, murky atmospheric pads and choppy sub bass hits at its core. jazz in mars follows embracing robust rhythms and an amalgamation of jazzy sample snippets alongside resonant synth swells to create a sturdy peak time workout. voices opens the b-side of the release with heavily swung drums, smooth ethereal chords and lumpy sub frequencies while a dark and brooding vocal ebbs and flows throughout the composition. title-cut supersymmetry then closes out the release with an energetic rhythmic drive, intricately modulating synth flutters and snaking pad lines.
this september will see visionquest return with alexi delano’s ‘water colors’ ep, accompanied by a remix from the persuader aka jesper dahlbä,,ck. chilean born, swedish raised, new york adopted and amsterdam based producer and dj alexi delano has an impressive back catalogue dating back over two decades and featuring releases on labels such as laurent garnier’s f communications, richie hawtin & john acquaviva’s plus 8, ghostly international’s spectral sound and m_nus as well as visionquest where he returns to here following his collaborative ‘the breeze’ ep alongside label co-founder shaun reeves in 2013. title-track ‘water colors’ opens the release, a smooth and gradually unfolding composition fuelled by an amalgamation deftly programmed multi-layered melodies which ebb and flow throughout the sturdy rhythmic foundation. following is the persuader’s take on ‘water colors’ which dubs things out to create a murky submerged feel in contrast, utilizing the original’s hypnotic melodies whilst subtly working in a rugged 303 line throughout. ‘communicate’ then rounds out the package with a groove-led feel, bringing a squelching acid bass, hooky vocal chop and modulating synth flutters into the limelight as the shuffled dynamic drum machine workout carries things along
!! vinyl only !! four originals from the italian artist. turins rills has been steadily gaining a strong following over the decade with his tracks being played the likes of ar:pi:ars raresh, daniel bell, dyed soundorom and cassy, and finding a home on imprints such as 8bit, in haus wax and esperanza. here we see rills join the roster of visionquests vinyl only offshoot label, special editions, following material from jorge savoretti, konrad black and quilla. zorlak opens the package and sets the tone of raw and dubby via murky atmospherics, swirling chord sequences and a swinging rhythmic drive, yoda follows and retains a similarly swung drum groove whilst introducing spaced out, unfolding pads across the composition. stranger freaks kicks off the b-side of the release, stripping things back to bumpy drums, heady resonant synth swells and hypnotic tension buildings drones before paper beatz rounds out the package with smooth deep pads, modulating synth stabs and shuffling hats.
iuly.b returns to visionquest this march with the surreal experience ep accompanied by a remix from bass cultures djulz. romanias iuly.b is rapidly becoming a household name in the realms of stripped-back, immersive house music of late, a regular feature on hectors vatos locos imprint and at the labels events, as well as releasing material on bouq, claque musique and of course visionquest where he returns to here following his observatory ep in november of 2016. this time round iuly.b launches the surreal experience with a murky, dub-tinged composition entitled sci fry, laid out over eight minutes with snaking synth whirrs, sweeping dub echoes and tumbling sub bass tones before bass culture head-honcho djulz reworks the original into a more robust, groove-drive interpretation via swinging rhythms, stuttering sample chops and a thunderous low end drive. moonberry opens the flip side on a more reduced tip with bumpy organic percussion, rounded sub swells and an amalgamation of sonar blip melodies to create a dynamic and hypnotic workout, time traveller then closes the release via expansive atmospherics, subtly evolving acidic synth licks and loose shuffling drums
shaun reeves & tuccillo mark visionquest’s first release of 2017 with their ‘origin 99’ ep, comprising four collaborative original tracks from the pair. individually shaun reeves and tuccillo have been driving forces in the realms of underground house for quite some time, collectively releasing on labels such as raum, 2020 vision, circus company and more. this time round though the pair’s material finds a home with visionquest, label co-founder shaun reeves joins forces with tuccillo, following his solo ‘full time’ ep on the imprint in 2016, for a new synergistic release. up first is title track ‘origin 99’ which sees the pair deliver a smooth understated house style via organic percussion, winding dub stabs and tension building atmospheric to create a subtly evolving six and a half minute cut. ‘one two five’ follows and lays focus on a more stripped-back aesthetic with sparse rhythmic hits, tumbling sub hits and a dreamy bell chime melody. ‘prowler’ opens the latter half of the package with soft chord sequences and wandering delayed synth lines running alongside 303 bass and shuffled snares before ‘blood moon’ closes the package on a raw minimalistic vibe with swirling dub echoes and intricately evolving percussion.
hailing from bucharest, romania the vinyl speed adjust duo have been rapidly on the rise as producers and djs over the past few years with a back catalogue boasting material on pressure traxx, gilesku records, colours in music and visionquest where they return to here, as well accolades from leading industry names such as ricardo villalobos, raresh and rhadoo. here we see the pair back on fine form for visionquest following their carpe diem ep on the label in 2015 and taking the lead is title track retro which sees things taken down a percussive led path via modulating pot drums, murky bass flutters and screeching atmospherics. det riot follows and ups the energy levels with robust rhythms and stuttering vocal chops running with subtly unfolding arps, and further howling expansive swells hidden in the depths of the record before stretch souls rounds things off, closing with tumbling organic percussion, soft pad sweeps and a rumbling low end drive.
this september will see visionquest release selector from luke hess, coming accompanied with remixes from delsin artist d5, label co-founder lee curtiss and maher daniel. detroit artist luke hess has been one of the most celebrated acts coming out of the motor city over the past decade with an impressive back catalogue boasting material on omar s fxhe, carl craigs planet e, echochord and kontra-musik to name but a few. here though we see hess join the roster of visionquest following recent output from wareika, vlad caia, tuccillo and mirko loko.
early september will see jorge savoretti release his river plate ep via visionquests special edition imprint, comprising three original compositions from the argentinian artist. having been involved in electronic music as a dj for over two decades now jorge savoretti is firmly cemented as one of the argentinas finest electronic music exports, starting from his humble beginnings in rosario he has gone on to release material with esperanza, claque musique and igloo-rec as well as touring the globe throughout. here we see jorge mark his debut for the visionquest special edition imprint with a new three tracker and taking the lead is title track river plate, radiantly showcasing savorettis dub-infused percussive led style with choppy swinging drums, ethereal pad swells a snaking sub groove and dub chords which ebb and flow throughout. following is parana high which takes a more refined, low-slung approach via soft chord flutters, bright stab sequences and bumpy sub hits while a shuffled percussive drive further fuels the groove. last up to complete the package is u-fonk which delves into darker territories with mind- bending glitch synths, robust rhythms and a vacillating bass lead running throughout its six minute duration.
repress 2016 - dinky makes her evolution from inaugural dj to singer songwriter and front stage performer with new album dimension d out in june on visionquest. single falling angel is first to drop with remixes from two elite producers, matthew styles, who coproduced the album, and pepe bradock. both heighten dinkys layered ethereal vocals and mesmerising melodies with their own movement and elements of dark and light
repress 2016 ...visionquest have made a big impact in their first two releases on the imprint from seth troxler, ryan crosson, lee curtiss and shaun reeves. now they fill up the dancefloor with light on >dark song< ep from the compelling tale of us.
next up on the influential visionquest label is a revered bucharest duo vinyl speed adjust aka claudiu-eduard balan and andrei predoi. this cult pair serve up three essential new cuts that fit in perfectly with the labels spiritualand heady, stripped back techno sounds, and they follow on nicely from great recent eps by visionquest founders ryan crosson shaun reeves and deadbeat. claudiu-eduard and andrei are leading techno makers in their native romania and have made a name for themselves with their experimental, heavily percussive and intoxicatingly intricate soundscapes on labels like pressure traxx, gilesku records, colours in music and many more. here they do so once more, and in the process blow all competition out of the water
hot on the heels of killer releases by label heads ryan crosson and shaun reeves, the latest visionquest release sees the label turn its head to deadbeat aka scott monteith. the berlin based montrealeler has been putting his own spin on house and techno for some time now, putting his stamp on esteemed labels such as cynosure, echocord and wagon repair. the jacks ep continues his fine tradition of putting out discerning fare, as he conjures up a new ep package that remixes his classic track, mecca drum track (originally released on wagon repair), from 2008. striking in its many intricate and delicate production wares, its a polished effort from the outset
the visionquest label is proud to present its next musical statement, this time from founding member ryan crosson. coming hot on the heels of a still essential ep from shaun reeves and tucillo, this one is a solo effort from ryan that features three trademark cuts of supple and sublime techno and house.
for the first time in too long, influential visionquest founder, dj and producer shaun reeves is back with a new ep. this one - the label’s 50th, no less - comes in collaboration with acclaimed italian house producer tuccillo, features two essential new tracks and comes with a fantastic remix by dorian paic. shaun has released on the likes of crosstown, wolf + lamb and catwash and has worked with art department and dj w!ld, but here it is well informed house man and 2020 vision and holic trax associate tuccillo that is his musical paring partner. together the pair really hit it off with some truly infectious club tracks.
the globally trendsetting house and techno family that is visionquest now turns to a new pairing of sonny fodera & gene farris for their debut ep on the label. entitled ‘we work it’, the two-track affair comes with a remix by visionquest man lee curtiss. australian sonny fodera has been at the sharp end of the dance music scene for years now, clocking up huge hits both solo and with green velvet aka cajmere, releasing albums such as afterparties & aeroplanes and appearing on cajual, defected, suara and many more top labels. gene farris, of course, is a chicago house legend who has been active since the nineties, runs his own farris wheel label and has released close to one hundred definitive eps on relief, soma and many others. up first, ‘we work it’ is a lithe ritual of house funk with bent synths and slick mid tempo drums. a spoken word vocal snippet muses on the intake of various substances and the drums roll on infectiously below. it’s sure to be a standout anthem in the months to come given that vocal line and the spiritualness of the keys all around only adds to the effect. the first remix comes from lee curtiss. this one is a much quicker and more peak time bit of tech house with textured, dynamic bass and plenty of drum fills. it’s an involved, more cosmic and tense take on the original, that will build great pressure on the dance floor. all in all this is another on point package from visionquest that will get played far and wide
A MENTAL PROCESS EP (INCL. ION LUDWIG & DEADBEAT REMIXES)
12" Vinyl UK21.01.15
a mental process unveils moreon & baffas fluid and organic house style for the visionquest imprint after releasing on the vision quest special edition vinyl series in 2013 they are back with two great remixes from ion ludwig & deadbeat. penzar is a bubbling broth of dubby beats while idea is a seething and intricate being, best heard loud and up close. remixes come from ion ludwig and deadbeat, both acclaimed for their refined and textured dance music style that complements this release perfectly.
laura jones second ep for visionquest eskipade takes a more serious turn for the respected female producer. featuring two hypnotic, rattling acid tracks together with a remix from sweden-based techno producer och, this is the sound of her stepping into new shoes.
like stepping into a warm electronic sound bath, chaim’s latest release for visionquest ripples with pulsing sonic textures and propels forward at a softly galvanic pace as the slowly emerging melody takes hold in underwater. b side remember when is just as compelling - a slightly tougher edge and darkly euphoric atmosphere injected with sporadic chimes, disembodied voices and dramatic synth stabs. this is a truly hypnotising release.
renowned for their sublime, lyrical take on dance music, dc / berlin based duo benoit & sergio return to their spiritual home of visionquest with some freshly crafted groove ridden thrills. more set in the smoke and heat of the club than their vocalised bittersweet visions, the your darkness ep showcases the duo at their dancefloor focused playful best whilst incorporating infectious vocal samples, searing melodies and pulsing rhythms
back from a brief hiatus from solo output, lee curtiss follows up the masterfully naughty lunatic fringe ep with another heavy dose of dancefloor debauchery for own imprint visionquest. showcasing his undeniable flair for libidinous club music with a hint of the unusual, lee takes time out from producing his upcoming album to deliver two killer originals for the ride ep. a-side > drink tickets< is a suitably dusky and contorted trip with a growling modulated bassline, pseudo-sinister vocal and kinetic groove while b-side > dancing girls< , a collaboration with his chicago partner in crime, nick bassett is a simmering hypnotic summertime affair with a filtered 90s feel and dirty funk bassline combined with sonically sophisticated detail
ahead of the release of their third studio album ‘you play’ - out on visionquest in may - rework drop the rise and fall ep featuring two compelling tracks from the album plus a brand new track on the b-side. rise and fall is a full blown dancefloor workout of driving intensity, hypnotic drum patterns and rhythmic vox while ask you demonstrates the bands propensity for a chugging colourful, cosmic groove and a dash of signature anglo-french modern sass. im waiting provides a glimpse into the talented trios deeper style with a moody soundbed of dubby textures and kicking grooves
brett johnson makes his second appearance on the mighty visionquest imprint with a superbly nuanced ep the secret place. packed full of rhythmic and melodic complexities, johnson embarks on a supersonic head trip for the senses. lead track the awakening is awash with eerie keys and a building framework of warping fx, clicks and bleeps, all pulled together by the emphatic groove. on the flip, voyage 34 feat. ryan is a rolling, hypnotic and futuristic odyssey with the tougher edge of techno and ryans creepy, disembodied voice. finally you can count on me indulges in an intricate, percussive groove with glitchy machine tech funk.
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID REMIX PROJECT PART THREE (VINYL ONLY)
12" Vinyl UK18.03.14
vinyl only limited pressing
this is the third and final part of quillas beautiful hybrid remix project on special editions. part three features oxia & agoria and wareika remixes of tracks from quillas forthcoming debut album beautiful hybrid, which will be released later this year on ritual fire records.
further collaborations are also on the horizon, with a return to making music with friend and cohort ricardo villalobos as butric with the two figures being anything but generic, it promises to be another feet twitching, brain melting escapade in butchs musical ride.
BEAUTIFUL HYBRID REMIX PROJECT PART TWO (MATTHEW HERBERT REMIX) (VINYL ONLY)
12" Vinyl UK18.02.14
hot on the heels of the first release on visionquest special editions is the second part of quillas beautiful hybrid remix project. part two features matthew herbert, ryan crosson & terje bakkes takes on tracks from quillas forthcoming debut album beautiful hybrid which will be released later this year on ritual fire records.
the innovative hamburg three piece wareika deliver an energetic and innovative full-length album for visionquests pinnacle label. wternal! follows previous album projects on perlon and tartelet. this 8 track vinyl version of the album features 8 of the choice cuts from the full length cd.
berlins new hottest residents eric volta & sebastian voigt team up once again, this time bringing their infectiously deep and dark edge onto the visionquest imprint. with intoxicating dreamy synths, title track words and chance opens up into real groover with the seductively haunting lyrics from rising artist forrest adding a new dimension. on the flip one quarter of the visionquest power force lee curtiss takes the reins to deliver a chugging dancefloor ready remix with effective play on the vocal. eric volta then goes solo with one last more? riding out through rolling percussion with beautiful textures
visionquest 033 is brought to you by the unique sonic voice of hamburg trio wareika, who weave a distorted jazz looseness into the pulsing and ever-evolving analogue framework of madame scorpion. a teasing raw live composition with a tribal heart, the undulating percussive groove rolls beneath haunting strings and an expanding soundscape until space opens up for a rising melody and florians deep absorbing vocal. veteran german house producer henrik schwarz turns in a magnificently wonky remix on the flip.
visionquest’s ryan crosson, mighty duo tale of us and the unique aquarius heaven all unite for the into later habits ep - the next release on the visionquest imprint. a-side angel is a collaboration between crosson and tale of us, a multi-layered head trip with a moody intro of broken beats that builds with intricate textures until a rolling groove drives the track into another dimension. b-side head under water is structured around the penetrating and distinctive voice of aquarius heaven as he weaves a story of the importance of family and love. beginning on a sparse, ambient tip with electronic bleeps and fx, the track develops with a hypnotic percussive groove that vibrates beneath the powerful narration.
nice price deal !!! dinky makes her evolution from inaugural dj to singer songwriter and front stage performer with dimension d on visionquest. this vinyl version of her groundbreaking, highly acclaimed album contains an exclusive new track sass!
continuing along their musical path to bring us the most illustrious and innovative electronic music, visionquest welcome talented production trio rework onto the label with touch. four wonderfully distinct and driving cuts combining icy minimal structures with catchy female vocals, anglo french funk antics and a dash of dancefloor melancholy
the reflective and psychedelic dream world of footprintz debut lp escape yourself is fully unleashed on the visionquest imprint this march and next single uncertain change is one of the twelve glowing examples of the duos esteemed sonic and lyrical wonder. reworked here by two of dance musics finest auteurs, audion aka matthew dear and maceo plex ride in full effect.
continuing their quest towards the futuristic and experimental electronic horizon, the ever evolving and never compromising visionquest are back, taking a journey into the deep and dubby, presenting the moonlight shadow ep - three beautifully distinguished tracks from germanys finest, seidensticker & salour.
nice price deal !!! released march 2013 on inimitable label visionquest, footprintz debut album escape yourself delivers on a level that many dance lps aspire to reach but few attain, a proper album with each song taking you deeper and deeper into what is an accomplished and well-rounded body of work.
the mighty visionquest get set to release the highly anticipated rain from young shining star subb-an. a monster of a release, the a-side features the haunting vocals of visionquest favourites footprintz, while the b-side welcomes a collaboration with hollands tom trago featuring label co-founder and no.1 seth troxler on vocals.
steadily mining gold in an ever-evolving electronic landscape, the visionquest imprint gets set to unleash an incredibly special 6-track ep from clarian - one half of the supreme duo footprintz. collaborating with the always-innovative guy gerber on the opener, clarian voyages solo throughout the rest of the ep a collective of chemical gardens for a sonically re imagined blade runner kingdom.
visionquests latest offering comes courtesy of the industrious butch. evoking ancient gods of the ancient times is the theme for butchs latest release, and its not hard to see why once youve had a listen to this one, which oozes with mysterious and mythical charm.
STEP ASIDE REMIXES (CARL CRAIG, JAMIE JONES & REWORK REMIXES)
12" Vinyl D04.12.12
this time last year, life and death the dream team comprised of modern house heroes tale of us and thugfucker released a dual weapon of stealth killer club tracks ‘step aside. now given the royal remix treatment by super producers carl craig and jamie jones plus rework flexing their minimal funk, the ep gets a whole new lease of life.
footprintz are on a rich run of form right now, showing a craftsmanship in their songs that is so often lacking in modern day dance music. new single favourite game is set to further buck this trend when it drops on december 3rd (general release).
after inaugurating the visionquest label with the now canonical where the freaks have no name - an ep whose a-side anthem, walk and talk, inundated the dance music world with a lovelorn soulfulness benoit & sergio return to the throne of visionquest with new ships, the more beautiful younger sister to their debut.
the musical impresarios over at visionquest hq have dropped a little taster of whats to come on merveille & crosson s forthcoming album, with a vinyl-only sampler entitled drm pt 2. this follow up to last years rapturous drm pt 1, further extendsthe duo’s experiments into twisted dance floor jazz and lush ambient soundscapes.
as the visionquest imprint reaches release no.15, its still tough to pin point the labels signature sound. a melting pot of imagination and tastes for four of the globes most dynamic djs, visionquest brings together three fresh voices in music for the teen collection hot jam 96 – a sampler with an eclectic take on summer grooves.
innovative spanish producer uner is the next to step up on the visionquest imprint with his universe ep. this epic three-tracker showcases his unique sound and musical background on a mesmerizing, trippy ride of modern electronic
prolific swiss producer mirko loko (cadenza...) makes his second appearance on the visionquest imprint, this time with special two-tracker >featuring< in which mirko collaborates on a duo of epic sonic voyages with vocalist jaw and classical pianist francesco tristano.
two giant forces in dance music collide as guy gerber makes his first foray with the visionquest imprint. >the mirror game<, guys first original material since 2010, explores varying shades and tempos across two distinct cuts of progressive tech and electronica.
matthew burton & kate rathod are the next duo to leave their distinctive mark on the visionquest imprint. delivering a deep and dreamy melodic work out with softly fractured beats and reverberating vocals >the flip side ep< is three wintry cuts of understated house music
the visionquest label draws their amazing preliminary year to a close with a spellbinding release from the dream team that is tale of us & thugfucker aka life and death. > step aside < is a two track of stupendous sonic skullduggery.
the ever inventive and constantly challenging vq imprint once again expand their sonic spectrum by releasing a superb ep of enchanting, harmonic dance music from the other side of the dancefloor. never one to be pigeon holed for one particular sound the latest vq release by merveille & crosson pushes the envelope further as they produce a sublime three track e.p. of beautiful, innovative electronica, but still with one eye on the dancefloor
following the smash hit >summer beach edition compilation< and dinkys positively carnivalesque >time to lose< ep, visionquests latest collection showcases the label at its curatorial best. offering up three elegant tracks from across the broad spectrum of dance-oriented electronica. the inspiring juxtaposition of david k, my favorite robot and mirko loko together on the fall/winter collection works to create a remarkably unified whole, a versatile remarkable collection for the ensuing darkening months.
VISIONQUEST CLUB EDITION SPRING SUMMER COLLECTION 2011
12" Vinyl UK15.06.11
the visionquest label is cultivating an immaculate reputation for fresh and beguiling sounds, joining the dots from celestial pop to deep techno. now presenting a special >club collection spring summer 2011< the label showcases some of 2011s most promising artists.
visionquest unleash the second superb release on this years most exciting new label. footprintz possess the kind of musical magic that seems to be created through some unfathomable chemical reaction, their pop sensibilities perfectly balanced with a mystical sense of kudos. sounding like hot chip in paradise, hercules in a new love affair with a euphoric lcd soundsystem, >utopia< is the first step in a great musical journey for this magnetic partnership. charming guitar led melodies strung out over blissful poetic lyrics and dreamy synths, >utopia< is the embodiment of its definition. a captivating blend of pop magic, hatched in a dream and painted in vivid colour, it creates devotion to its musical heart. its elusive partner in crime, >golden dreams< is cloaked in mystery and soaked with attraction. uttering choral cries and apocalyptic echoes, it evokes the thrilling sensations of falling in love. steering to the dancefloor, house music king ewan pearson breathes melancholic pulses through utopias veins in a heart-rendering remix for the small hours a truly inspiring remix from ewan who mastered the whole ep.
after several years perfecting and honing their art, the four musketeers: seth troxler, ryan crosson, lee curtiss and shaun reeves, collectively known as visionquest, unleash their sonic imprint upon the earth. its debut release is an introduction to new members of the visionquest family as their great friends and production maestros benoit & sergio deliver the freaky and flavoursome >where the freaks have no name<.
mid march will see wareika release the magic number lp via visionquest, comprising nine original compositions from the trio. across the magic number lp wareika carve out a coherent yet meandrous collection of tracks to form the project, all encompassing the trios unique and forward thinking style. title tracks the magic number part one and two radiantly display the groups musicality and production prowess via melodious piano progressions and jazz-tinged bass, while psychedelia infused cuts like song of wareika, bolero and my guitar show a further distinctive charm in their output. things do look to the dance floor across the album as well with compositions like finding essence, protect me from what i want and planet jason laying down intricately programmed 4/4 rhythms, hypnotic synth works and rumbling bass drones throughout, brilliantly showcasing wareikas diverse and beguiling production style.
visionquest welcome talented production trio rework onto the label with ‘you play’, an album of eleven crisp and wonderfully rich tracks combining elegant rhythms with snappy vocals that blurs the distinction between the underground elite and modern popular culture.
the innovative hamburg three piece touring live band, wareika deliver an energetic and innovative full length album for visionquests pinnacle label. wternal! follows previous album projects on perlon and tartelet. for wareika recording a track is like taking a photograph of an idea, only captured in its present form as it is in a constant flow
dinky makes her evolution from inaugural dj to singer songwriter and front stage performer with dimension d on visionquest. this vinyl version of her groundbreaking, highly acclaimed album contains an exclusive new track sass!
39 track 3 cd specially priced! this spring the influential visionquest label run by detroit born, berlin based djs and producers shaun reeves, ryan crosson and lee curtiss is to take stock of the ground breaking work they have done so far by offering up a compilation of their greatest moments to date. coming as a fantastic three cd package, discs 1 and 2 will offer up some of the most memorable releases on the label so far, whilst disc three is a stunning back catalogue mix put together by none other than dj three. this is the perfect encapsulation of the visionquest sound and you are invited to get lost in it
following last years ground breaking drm (pt.1 single visionquests ryan crosson and cadenzas cesar merveille team up to create a full length album that is the ground breaking heavily praised labels first album release. drm is a sonic delight threading the divide between cutting edge dance music and lushly experimental electronica, invoking along the way the history of musical minimalism from the avant-garde composers of the 60s to the downtown new york of the 80s.