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 ‘Spring Collection’ the label showcases some of 2011’s most promising artists.
Vernon Bara & Igor Vicente set the precedent with their rolling tech masterpiece ‘Don’t Feel No Way’ - a powerful blend of compelling drive and intergalactic energy. Textured percussion and a rumbling bassline build the momentum and a soulful electric voice descends from outer space as the electrifying currents of deep techno take hold and don’t let go. Belgium born Igor Vicente and Vernon Bara were early party friends in their hometown of Mons and have only recently come together after a string of solo projects. Bara has stacked up over 200 productions and remixes on labels such as OM, OFF, Robsoul and Toys For Boys and Igor Vicente runs one of Belgium’s most successful underground parties ‘Wildfamily’. Making their debut on Bara’s Homecoming Recordings last year, Igor & Vernon are breaking through to make their mark on Visionquest.
Flipping over to the B side, Matthew Burton & Nick Lawson get into the deeper groove with ‘Gruff It’, a sexy slice of tech house. Weird and trippy FX underpinned by the moody funk bassline, delicious kicks and tightly crafted beats and bleeps give ‘Gruff It’ edgy soul. Hailing from Nottingham, Matthew has been conveying his style via UK labels Leftroom and Retrofit as well as Ultrastretch in Berlin where he also holds monthly parties with Sammy Dee. Nick Lawson co-owns SheWolf Music and has delivered releases on Morris Audio and Leftroom. Meeting on the scene in Nottingham, the two producers discovered a strong musical connection and regularly zone out in the studio to make their stripped warehouse style groove music. Their party Busta Groove, first held in Berlin, is now shaking joints in London and Nottingham.
Last but by no means least, Leeds-based Laura Jones gets ready to cement her place in the Visionquest canon by lending her cool, melodic style to the package. About to become a household name in dance music, Laura’s debut ‘Intentions’ tore up the dancefloor of DC10 last summer and her shining contribution to the recent Leftroom VA release ‘Love In Me’ was a massive hit at Miami WMC seducing all with its bright old school charms. ‘Live A Little’ is a classic cut of fluid house grooves and hypnotic sunrise techno, warm and gritty in equal measure.
Going by their sonic imprints evolution, it’s clear that Seth Troxler, Shaun Reeves, Ryan Crosson and Lee Curtiss have a vision of kaleidoscopic proportions. A ´Visonquest Beach Collection´ is forthcoming but it would be a feat to second-guess their next instinct. Watch this space.