Forrest’s latest release, his debut for Midnight Vision, demonstrates his intense and versatile sound. The lead track ‘Shiny Suit Man’ blends hypnotic, cheeky vocals with dusty drums to create a roller, which sounds great both in the headphones and on the dancefloor. ‘My Factory’ continues on the deep tip and mixes vocal samples and modulating synth lines to create a smokey atmosphere. ‘My Factory’s’ slinky bassline drives the track along and will get any floor moving… ‘Beverly Hills’ teases us with an uncomplicated arrangement of slick house with sustained strings providing the tension and a great use of a female vocal sample. Closing the EP, new kids on the block Bodhi bring a garage swing to their remix of Shiny Suit Man kicks, their introduction of heavy syncopated 808’s paired with shuffling synths bring a new flavour to the EP.
Archive for Visionquest
The innovative Hamburg three piece touring live band,Wareika deliver an energetic and innovative full length album for Visionquest’s 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. Through this creative process they allow their music to truly become alive, everchanging and eternal, and so became ‘Wternal!’
A magnetic reflection of their revolutionary live set, sonically daring and instrumentally traversing across the distant plains of traditional folk and BalkanJazz to a strange meeting with balearic soul and garden house through clever use of vintage synthesisers and dubby rhythms. The quirky trio give a salute to musical freedom and their humble beginnings through thirteen original freeflowing tracks in ‘Wternal!’.
Cat no: VQCD004
Distribution: Above Board
Released: Monday October 14th, 2013
- All These People Around Me
- The Floors Morphosis
- The Black Sea
- Five Edges
- All Little Things
- Ocean’s Drive
- La Poloma
- Madame Scorpion (feat. Derek Kamm)
- After Berlin
Visionquest Unveils Dinky’s ‘Dimension D’
Dinky makes her evolution from inaugural DJ to singer songwriter and front stage performer with ‘Dimension D’ on Visionquest.
The project shows a tender side to the Chilean mistress and unravels a voice as delicate as paper caught dancing in the wind. Within each track she transforms into a new character to tell complex stories about relationships and encounters, capturing episodes of her life from New York to Berlin and back to her Chilean roots. Dinky structures the music with the looseness of jazz, the ethereal vocals of modern stars such as Beth Gibbons and Goldfrapp, while softly embedding the rhythm of the night.
Alejandra Del Pilar Iglesias Rivera was named Dinky by her sister at birth. Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, as a child she studied Ballet and the Suzuki method of piano before relocating to New York to become a contemporary dancer.
Her drive to make music brought her to Berlin a decade ago where she quickly became a dominant force in dance music, making her mark through releases on Carpark, Cocoon, Ostgut, and the critically acclaimed ‘Anemik’ album in 2009 on Mathew Jonson’s Wagon Repair. Her fifth studio album, ‘Dimensions’ sees her evolve into singersongwriter and performer and take on a new musical direction.
Long term friends with the Visionquest collective from their hedonistic days residing in Berlin, Dinky’s fresh approach fits within their ethereal and otherworldly style and follows the Footprintz album earlier this year.
Matthew Styles also coproduced and mixed the album and will perform the album live in a series of dates this summer.
DINKY ON DIMENSION D
“Dimension D” is a space where darkness and lightens meet and coexist. In each song there is a different story, personality and voice but they are also all one person who is changing their skin as time passes by.
It took me almost 3 years to complete this album. I wanted to take my music to a new level, detach myself from the rules of dance music and submerge myself in fantasy. During the last few years I have been studying jazz, classical guitar & piano, as well as trained in singing to perfect my own style of performing and songwriting. I grew up with bands like Cocteau Twins, The Cramps, Massive Attack, Chris Isaak and Mazzy Star and those influences are a big part of my musical identity.
I also love surf music, especially the dreamy guitar tone that resembles the sea waves. I used a lot of guitar in the album, mainly in an unconventional way so it transforms into something else. I am inspired by nature and tried to achieve natural sounds; the sea, insects, forest and animals ,these are all music to my ears.”
A1. The Things That Last Forever
A2. Heaven Felt Like Night
B1. The Favourite Game
B2. Private Enemy
B3. The Invisible
C1. Uncertain Change
C3. Dangers Of The Mouth
D1. The Fear Of Numbers
D2. The Nightingale
D3. Keys To The Sky
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Guy Gerber is back with another release for the ever excellent Visionquest label. ‘Claire’ sees Gerber re-unite with Clarian North (Footprintz) with whom he previously collaborated with on his critically acclaimed fabric compilation (fabric 61).
Gerber has been on a prolific stretch of late that encompasses his fabric CD, ‘Steady’ for his own Supplement Facts, and ‘The Mirror Game’ EP for Visionquest. It was a creative outpouring that reminded listeners that his emotive take on dance music marks him as one of the scene’s most singular talents, and was rewarded when Resident Advisor readers voted him their No 2 Live Act of 2012.
Every journey has its beginning, and as the opening chords of ‘The Things That Last Forever’ give way to a hypnotic bassline, you know you’re on your way. Basslines form a key part of the Footprintz sound, acting as an anchor from which vocal melodies, synth lines and warm chords weave around in an often psychedelic style. Debut single, ‘Utopia’, exemplifies this ethic with its synth flirtations and optimistic vocal musings adding layers upon a solid core.
As Clarian and Addy say, “We wanted to work around a concept of escaping the confused years of growing up. 16-25, those are the years where you’re figuring yourself out, going through the motions of meeting different people and finding new things”.Tracks like ‘Uncertain Change’ and recent single ‘Dangers of The Mouth’ tackle this subject head on, focusing on the insecurities that arise from growing up. ‘Zanzibar’ takes a lighter approach, touching on the innocence of youth that brings with it, its own simple pleasures.
What becomes apparent throughout ‘Escape Yourself’ is a real craftsmanship toFootprintz’s songwriting. Each track reveals a little more on each listen, aided by the slick production work, done predominantly by the guys themselves in their Montreal bunker studio full of analogue equipment, odd instruments and a fridge laden with ‘special brownies’; which goes some way to explain a noirish-haze that permeates through the album.
Having met at an afterparty aged 15, Clarian North & Adam Hunter have experienced most of their adult life together. ‘Escape Yourself’ distills their experiences, wraps them in a warm analogue fuzz and shares them with the listener. You join them on their journey, and deep down they hope it helps you shape your own.
The Cryptozoologist EP
Cryptozoology, the search for and study of animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the Loch Ness monster and the yeti, is something that Henry Saiz finds deeply intriguing. His love of exoticism and strange natural/organic sounds (his own label is called Natura Sonoris – which means Nature of Sound) provide the fuel for this latest stunning Bedrock release.
“The Cryptozoologist” has an instantly striking, mysterious Andean / Peruvian melodic influence that harks back to cultures shrouded in the mysteries of time, creating a truly haunting track. “Uncharted” is equally hypnotic and enthralling and yet distinctly different. Henry is using a lot of analogue vintage gear to create his music, which is giving him a very distinct sound, a path that will lead to his hotly awaited debut artist album (due out in April 2013) on which he will delve totally into and explore an analogue world (www.wearehenrysaiz.com).
Henry’s critically acclaimed “Balance 019” album, released in 2011, was the catalyst for his star potential explode around the globe. His superb collaboration with Guy J (“Meridian”) and his solo track (“La Marea”) for the landmark Bedrock 100 release, were of the highest level of quality and his most recent release, “Our Discovery” (Natura Sonoris), became a huge Ibiza hit this summer, with supporters including John Digweed, Sasha, M.A.N.D.Y., Luciano, Visionquest, Danny Howells and many others. Henry Saiz is undoubtedly an extraordinarily talented young producer who is simply too exciting to be ignored!
Jimmy Edgar remixes Footprintz next single,
‘Dangers of the Mouth’, released on Visionquest
Long-term friends and confidantes of Visionquest, Footprintz release next single ‘Dangers of the Mouth’ on 12″ today, and Beatport on 27th August on the label.
Taken from their long-awaited debut album, scheduled to drop in early 2013, Footprintz deliver that deep, dark and moody 80s-tinged electronica, blurry around the edges, unable to fit anywhere and everywhere. Accustomed to soundtracking late night sunsets and early morning sunrises, Footprintz AKA Clarian North and Addy Weitzman are school friends from Montreal influenced by the likes of Ultravox, Depeche Mode, 80s B-movies and a hefty dose of artistic licence.
First single ‘Dangers of the Mouth’ is reworked by Hotflush’s Jimmy Edgar who takes the track deep into warped and fuzzy territories.
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Visionquest are a dynamic, charismatic and unstoppable force that have quietly crept up and grasped the horns of dance music in 2011. Comprising of Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves, four Detroit refugees who each have their solo careers in their own right, together they career through barren terrain and mystical energies in the next episode of the fabric series.
“Shaun, Ryan and Seth are from the Detroit area. They finished high school at a point in time when electronic music was making a turning point. We were all deeply involved in it.” Lee Curtiss
“I grew up with a lot of different music – jazz, rnb, soul, house. My parents have such good taste. However when I got into my teen years living in the suburbs I started to listen to a lot of indie rock as well as techno. Still today when I’m home alone I tend to listen to more folk stuff rather then club music.” Seth Troxler
“Chance meetings and like-mindedness brought Visionquest together. If I could sum us up in 3 words it would be ‘never forget home’ or ‘use more fat’”. Ryan Crosson
Cat no: fabric121
Released: Monday December 5th, 2011
- Tin Man – Wasteland [Global A]
- STL – Portside Waves [Perlon]
- Soul Center* – Hal 2010 [Shitkatapult]
- Seuil – In The Moon [Supplement Facts]
- Konrad Black – Doodimbouttogay [Visionquest]
- Cassius – The Sound Of Violence (Franco Cinelli Remix) [Cassius]
- Terje Bakke – Ekaterinburg [Be Chosen]
- Kollektiv Turmstrasse & Florian Schirmacher – Uneins (Aril Brikha Remix) [Connaisseur Superieur]
- Catz ‘n Dogz feat. Paul Randolph – I’m Free (Carl Craig Remix) [Mothership]
- Phreek Plus One feat. Mr. White – Passion (DJ T. Remix) [Compost]
- Loosefingers – Winterflower [Alleviated]
- My Favorite Robot – Forest Fires [Visionquest]
- DVS1 – Polyphonic Love [Transmat]
- Green Velvet – Abduction [Relief]
- Aquarius Heaven feat. Dani Siciliano – Can’t Buy Love [Wolf + Lamb]
- Tale Of Us & Footprintz – Tale/Foot Break [Visionquest]
- Footprintz – Heaven Felt Like Night [Visionquest]
- Wildcookie – Song With No Ending [Tru Thoughts]
In Native American cultures, a Visionquest is a spiritual quest associated with new beginnings and revelatory journeys. Meeting as teenagers in the collapsed city of Detroit, these four young creatives embarked on their own voyage together that has brought them to the forefront of the electronic music community. Surrounded by the explosion of techno in their home city, they each connected deeply with its heartbeat. The youngest of the pack, Seth Troxler’s stepfather was himself a DJ and they each began playing and promoting local events. Keen to etch their own mark as DJs and producers in the wider world, they eloped to Berlin and forged successful solo careers, before coming together again to form the Visionquest production collective responsible for crossover remixes such as Tracey Thorn ‘Swimming’ and Kiki ‘Good Voodoo’. In 2011 they formed the Visionquest label that houses a rising circle of talent such as Footprintz, Laura Jones, Tale Of Us and the biggest track of the year from Benoit & Sergio ‘Walk and Talk’.
“When deciding together which tracks we wanted to go with we took into consideration the timelessness of the songs, tracks from our past and our present and presented them to tell our story. The start is very representative of the Visionquest DJ sound and the end shows the eclectic sound of our label. It goes from music for clubs to music for life.”Shaun Reeves
The meditative ‘Wasteland’ from Tin Man commences this almost supernatural journey, urging you to relax and sit back for the ride. Throughout the subsequent seventy minutes, Visionquest sweep gently from light atmospherics through into warm grooves and hypnotic basslines, embodying a spellbinding sound that seems suspended in time. The close circle from their early days such as Konrad Black and Toronto’s My Favorite Robot are represented in the mix as well as early heroes such as Green Velvet and Carl Craig. Iconic records such as the Cassius ‘The Sound Of Violence’ and this year’s anthemic Aquarius Heaven ‘Can’t Buy Love’ are sandwiched between esoteric jewels. The end spirals deeper into Visionquest’s dreams and pop infused hallucinations as the auras of the young Montreal duo Footprintz merge with Italian duo Tale Of Us. The playful close on Wildcookie’s ‘The Song With No Ending’ is an archetypal Visionquest twist as they bow out in style.
What is Red Dot Relief?
It is a group of artists and supporters of the dance music community who are asking YOU to compare those factors mentioned above and to make magic happen!! Red Dot Relief is a call to action across the dance music community in a bid to raise money and spread awareness of the disaster stricken regions of Japan. Spearheaded by Visionquest (Seth Troxler) & Friends alongside the Tuning Spork Efforts Team we are trying to influence others to follow and donate whatever they can to the disaster fund by involving not only artists but the wider community in this cause including event organisers, promoters, club owners, clubbers, agencies, music labels and the supporting press.
For our Red Dot Relief proposal and full details please click here
How can you help?
If you are an artist…
- Help us promote this effort via your social networking websites, mailing lists and most importantly word of mouth (talking has been proven to still be the most effective way to exchange ideas and turn them into reality).
- We would then ask you to donate a part of your artist fee from a particular event (to take part in this effort we suggest a minimum donation of 10% of your average fee).
If you are a promoter or venue/club/lounge…
- We would like to ask you to allow a team of volunteers to spread fund collection buckets around your venue/party.
- Clearly display the Red Dot around your venue to show that you support this effort.
-Suggest to your artists and their agents prior to the event participating and donating to the cause (minimum of 10% as previously suggested).
- All promotional material related to the event should bear the red dot for this cause to spread awareness about this project and maximise exposure to your audience which is key to making the project more successful.
If you are a label/agency/clubber…
- There are many ways of getting involved such as making a direct donation as a business or as a civilian; influence your friends and family to do the same and get involved by helping spread the word via all communication means available to you.
Music is life and love is the answer. Let’s make this happen!!
Current participating members of the dance music community
Jay Haze, Visionquest, Cesar Merveille, Mr.C, Leif, Chris Lattner, Julietta,Claus Voigtmann, Clive Henry, Dan Ghenacia, Damian Lazarus, Deniz Kurtel, Craig Richards, Droog, Dyed Soundorom, Tiefschwarz, Kiki, Guti, Dubshape Jamie Jones, jozif, Konrad Black, Lee Foss, Maceo Plex, Matt Tolfrey, Move D,Richy Ahmed, Robert James, Russ Yallop, Solomun, Soul Clap, Subb-an, Superfreq,Sud Electronic, Tuning Spork, Toi.Toi.Musik,
Crosstown Rebels, lo*kee, Fabric, Exstatic Sounds, Colourful Sessions, Freak Farm,Simmer London, Colours In Music, maouris pr, Bullitt Bookings, Elysium Lounge, Flawless Sound, Verboten, Autobrennt, Plexi pr, Rythmism.com, Feelbookings