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.
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
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
the formidable team of visionquest related artists lee curtiss, ryan crosson and cesar merveille debut their new sweatshop boys project for matt tolfreys leftroom imprint this june with wide world feat jem cooke, backed with remixes from mosca and tolfrey himself.
london based james what is a well known musician treading the more left-field and creative end of the tech house spectrum. his numerous eps alongside dan berkson have become poker flat classics in recent years and so we are happy to welcome him in his first solo effort for the label. lead cut >it feels wrong< fuses classic analog bass with lively synth work and satisfyingly complex question-answer passages that whisk us away into a sweaty, late night vibe immediately. berlin based lord of the witching hour lee curtiss adds his touch on the remix side with a killer acidic treatment of >it feels wrong<. tense, soulful and teasing, this warm and super playable version will no doubt find its way to freaky dancefloors everywhere. >in the dark< slowly builds edgy, spooky elements in a deep, dark and sexy trip. combining smooth chords and keys, with trippy synths and sinister vocal snippets, whats bright and clear production works wonders in this slow-burner.
thirteen might be an unlucky number for some but for culprit it is quite the opposite. the labels thirteenth release >candy< from lee curtiss, is its biggest and most unashamedly dance floor oriented release to date. a watershed record for the young label, >candy< is the special type of track that reaches out and grabs you immediately upon hearing it. so it proved for culprit founder andrei osyka of droog, who, upon hearing matt tolfrey play it at visionquests famed old miami party at demf, knew it must be a culprit release, and promptly went out and signed it
beretta grey returns with another stellar release, keith kemps 2045 ep! keith kemp turns the clock to the afterhours, with two sizzling and intelligent minimal dance floor inventions. big lee curtiss remix!
supplement facts records continue their rich run of form by handing a label debut to detroit-native lee curtiss. the >and we all fall down< ep has been one of the most hotly anticipated from the israeli label and is set to become the soundtrack to the last echoes of summer. we continue to dance, as the days grow short our nights become longer and lees ep is the perfect accompaniment….>i can hear you arthur<, a tribute to one of lees long-time music heroes, arthur russell, is an emotional escape. with russell being a direct sound-inspiration for the release, we are treated to a longing for a far away love. with waves of sound that build and cascade, accompanied by pillow-talk whisperings, all creating eight minutes of rhythmic, warm grooves. arthur never sounded better. after the body-swaying vibes of the a, side b brings the perspirec-electronic throb and hip-grinding action of labor of love. after yearning for arthur, we are more than appeased with the beautifully sultry and ever so intimate vocals of stephanie selvaggio. with its rhythmic guitar opening belying its true intention, labor of love develops into a sensual dancefloor cut with stephanies vocals floating effortlessly with the acidic beats as she drives us ‚crazy, and we all fall down is a perfect example of an artist at his most vunerable. its brutally honest sound invites the listener in with open arms and wraps itself around them like a warm cashmere blanket. as the brutal realisation that summer is almost over starts to sink in…its worth taking comfort in records like this, that make the transition that much easier.
supported by ellen allien, konrad black, kiki, dop, andre galluzzi, dario zenker, dubfire, mikael stavostrand. yeah, finally the highly anticipated pherox ep on stock5 as arrived. everybody that worked on this knows how much hard work was needed to accomplish this epic feat. but what was the hold up? rumour as it that pherox aka tim querengaesser crossed the whole ruhrpottrainforest to find one of the weirdest bendiest organic house grooves that even a harden cadenzian wouldn’t be able to frown at.
michigan resident and currently one of americas (who actually live there) most promising producers steps up to the gpm plate. a regular of acclaimed stateside labels such as spectral, wolf + lamb as well as european outfits dumb-unit and cityfox. lee curtiss is known for a sound, which fuses disco, house and sex. love in the key of freak is no exception, in fact the perfect mixture to cure any saturday night fever. before house made people jack, disco was making them freak.
lee curtiss and spectral sound have been running in the same pack for years-ﬁ,,nally, after sufﬁ,,ciently circling each other and snifﬁ,,ng each others business, spectral and lee have joined forces to release the detroit producers the black door ep, and it s a doozy. lee curtiss trafﬁ,,cs in airtight, undeniable dance tracks with a tricksters sense of experimentation-the black door ep is all that and more, a beguiling 12 inch whose charms multiply with each listen. >black door beauty< opens side a with a touch of chicago futurism, spinning congas, staccato vocal samples, and a swift dusting of hi-hats into a house anthem with psychedelic undertones. berlin producer dyed soundoroms remix minimizes the sub-bass thump and plays up the tracks oddball trappings, tricking out >black door beauty< with the sounds of creaking hinges, neurotic synthesizers, and a particularly creepy chorus of hysterical tittering. b-side >smoking mirrors< guides the listener through clouds of melting organ tones and busy, polyrhythmic click-clack as a sturdy bassline (with a funky, french-house beat skip) cuts through the haze. curtiss lets the rhythm do the work, building to multiple climaxes in the span of seven minutes. at the end of each anxious buildup, there s a womans breathless moan, a let-the-air-out-of-the-tires hiss, and it s time to do it all over again.
great new label from zürichs well known techno club!
played by: anthony collins, butane, lee van dowski, insideout, jeff samuel, jorge savoretti, lauhaus, mark henning, martinez, matt star, pan-pot, raresh, ryan crosson, seuil ...
>smut< ist eine mit hooklines gespickte hymne an die heissen detroiter sommernächte und sorgt für ein frisches lüftchen in den stickigen clubs. mit dicken support von shinedoe, tim paris, 3 channels, butane, luca bacchetti und anderen...!
um es mit lees eigenen worten zu sagen: >fuck trends, fuck dance music, and fuck me<. wir erstarren in erfurcht ob solcher wortgewalt und klatschen dann hoffentlich morgen wieder frenetisch applaus. tight, deep, dark und sexy. ein vielversprechendes debut auf dumb unit !!
only 9 years after its official opening, watergate has become one of the worlds most prominent underground electronic music institutions. in no small part due to its picturesque location running directly alongside the river spree, its wall to wall led dance floor installation and most of all, its consistent flow of first-rate international talent performing every week. watergates presence and influence has spawned many side projects including a boutique-style mix cd series now in its 8th volume. a who’s who of the clubs regular talent and resident artists such as sascha funke, sebo k, dop, ellen allien and others have all contributed to the aesthetically pleasing series, now regarded as collectors items. for the eight installment in our mix series, we bridge the gap between two global capitals of techno: berlin, and detroit, home of lee curtiss who delivers a forward-thinking mix, inspired by time spent living in both cities. lee is one of a new generation of techno visionaries from the motor city, that includes his visionquest collaborators ryan crosson, shaun reeves and seth troxler, who are putting their own unique spin on their citys most famous underground musical export. based between detroit and berlin for the last four years, lee has a fundamental grasp of what makes both dancefloors at watergate tick, and this enduring love and understanding of the space clearly shines through in his mix. building on the raw soul and funk of those who have blazed a trail before him, on both sides of the atlantic, lee brings his own subtle melodies and keen sense of dramatic tension to the fore in a mix that encompasses all that is vibrant and exciting about underground techno in 2011
played by ricardo villalobos !! incl samim and lee curtiss rmxs! mothership transmission #1… two very sexy minimal-tech remixes by samim and lee curtiss and you have a truly amazing record. mothership is the new project from claude vonstroke. the concept for the label is to create a deeper more experimental techno based sound than the tech-funk sound of his other label, dirtybird. a large percentage of the proceeds from mothership will go to a school in downtown detroit that teaches and enables children to learn how to make music (yes, even electronic music!) we are very excited to be able to give something back to the community that helped shape and define our music. enjoy
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
simon bakers debut album traces saw the london based producer record a superb, honest reflection of his influences and took his deep house sound into a long playing format that was critically acclaimed across the board. let me in was one of two tracks that featured vocals from debukas that were highlights of the album, and it returns in original album version and with an excellent remix from lee curtiss. lee curtiss is currently riding high after great releases on spectral sound and get physical, an excellent cd compilation for watergate and as part of the visionquest collective. his version is a remix in the truest form, he treats the original with respect, but twists and turns it very much into his own track, perfectly fine tuned for club sets and soundsystems. this combined with the awesome original provides another essential simon baker and 2020vision collaboration
every so often a new artist on the dumb unit roster steps up and bats one out of the park. case in point, our man from essen : tim querengaesser: aka pherox. the panthers walk ep is an expressive and bombastic ode to a night that goes boom! sultry lyrics voiced by tim himself and guest lee curtiss sit firmly over top of tims excellant and chugging under groove. the panthers walk is an exciting slab of music for any dj and one that will certainly bring pherox and his brand of funk into a more deserving light.
decks tip : >500 shapes< best moodymann stylee !!!!! two years ago murmur set out with a mission to make their mark on the underground house and techno landscape. along the way they guided the journeys of a bright array of artists, heralding early releases from nick curly, mic newman, nima gorji, bearweasel, tom demac, craig torrance and labelhead geddes, and have forged their own unique musical stamp. happy with that achievement they are now expanding and launching a new arm - murmur-? – creating a concept not to direct from but to compliment its forebearer, murmur-? is a chance to encounter a new shade of music, not just about floorfillers, but exploring music with soul, music with a different tempo and style, often still material you could play in a club but that can also be played and enjoyed anywhere.
document, pt. 1 is the first in a series of 12 inch s highlighting the established and new breed of talented artists from the spectral sound roster. a cd version compiling these producers with exclusive content will also be out in the spring. this 12 inch is all about the funky grooves build inside the high-quality production and includes tracks by seth troxler feat. matthew dear, ryan crosson and lee curtis as well as a martinez remix
with it s eleventh 12 release, archipel brings you >en legere suspension vol. 2< the second group of remixes of label head pheek s full length en legerere suspension, this time featuring franklin de costa, lee curtiss and marc neyen.
esperanza once again welcomes a new artist to its forever expanding team.in this release we witness some more young aand fresh talent in the form of seth troxler. already loved and supported by djs like magda and troy pierce, just to mention a few. seth effortlessly creates a sexy and irresistble ep in which he clearly shows his natural ability to create an hearthquake groove through use of skillfull arrangments.the a1 opens the ep with lee curtiss remix (dumb unit-kalimari) of the track which we will find on the a2. lee gives us his interpretation with a straight forward groove and a funkier shape. on a2 we find >crossonlikespoo< wich is characterized by a superfunky bassline and amazing percussion, its been damaging every dancefloor weve tested it on. >brabaros strides< on b side is more deep and introspective track ,perfect for the warm up, in a fresh summer style.this is a must have ep for your collection from the hottest new artist of the moment!
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
das neue konzept little black book des moda black labels vereint brandneue produktionen, exklusive remixes und handgeschriebene liner notes aktuell angesagter dance-produzenten, zusaetzlich auch als hardbook-deluxe edition mit 8 exklusiven tracks auf einer zweiten cd. den anfang macht dj/produzent hot since 82 aus leeds, der bereits auf get physical, noir music und moda black veroeffentlichte.
allgone ibiza sees pete tong join forces with berlins booka shade - one the underrground electronic music scene most influentual acts - to create a 2 cd mix of evocative house and techno, this is the sound of petes and booka shades summer on the white isle.
GUNSLINGERS AND GREENHORNS - POKERFLAT VOL.9 (2CD)
2x cd D28.02.12
2cds for the price of 1cd! includes bonus-mix-cd by steve bug. tracks on cd1 appear unmixed. includes no less than 10 new, exclusive and unreleased tracks from ribn, ian pooley, dj f.e.x. & ron costa, nick harris, aeromaschine, stuart geddes, nico lahs, alland byallo, tom taylor & gareth whitehead, sebastien san! its the ninth installment of the poker flat label-compilation reflects the current season of very strong & club chart provensingle releases by james what, daniel dexter, adultnapper, alex flatner & lopazz, show-b, roland appel, alex niggemann and steve bug & clé
>the concept for this mix was originally going to be to use our favourite tracks from the last two years, you know, classic stuff. but then we thought it might be a stronger idea to do something that was about our world. we have such a strong sense of collective about the way we do things at the marcy hotel and on the wolf + lamb label... we figured if we could bring that to a mix and keep it in the family, with people who ve released on the label we would have something special.<wolf + lamb, gadi mizrahi says.
document captures spectral sound circa 2010, at a peak in the labels almost decade-long evolution. and although spectral sound,s sonic footprint is forever in flux, its mission has been the same since day one: we want to provide uncompromising, forward-thinking, dancefloor-oriented music thats relevant and cutting-edge on a global scale, elliott says.