Following the more techno focused Spring ´Club Edition´, The Visionquest dream team return with the sun-dappled Summer ‘Beach Edition’, starring Maceo Plex, Tale Of Us and Pillow Talk.
Out of the fertile Visionquest soil emerges another fresh selection of summer jams – a three- tiered melting pot of burgeoning talent and seasoned doyennes of dance music, dishing out a warm mix of idyllic house steeped in soul, both dusky and bright, with flecks of disco sheen. This next installment is testament to the ever-changing moods and winds across the Visionquest label’s sonic footprint. It sounds like the breeze and the heat of a memorable summer romance, soul music for the feet.
House maestro Maceo Plex steps up first with the bittersweet summer anthem ‘Falling’, spinning a yarn of the helplessness of love. As the dreamy vocal drifts into the uplifting melody, funky guitar licks and subtle undercurrents of softly jackin’ beats build into psychedelic waves of distorted synths, causing the sonic textures to run even deeper. Maceo Plex’s recent groove-led escapade, Life Index is a contender for album of the year and out now on Crosstown Rebels.
Hot on the heels of the moody, epic ‘Dark Song EP’, Tale Of Us are back representing Visionquest with the deep melancholy of ‘Winds Of Change’. Eerie atmospheres unfold with gently broken beats, minor key bass notes and a mysterious vocal cut that penetrates the soul with its yearning clarity. Summer 2011 will be the making of Matteo Milleri and Carmine Conte aka Tale Of Us. After shifting from the realms of percussive tech house to explore a slower, deeper sound, the Italo/American duo have been turning all the right heads with their cerebral, disco-infused productions and outstanding remixes, notably WhoMadeWho’s ‘Every Minute Alone’ on Life and Death.
Sammy D aka Pillow Talk has been a fixture on the San Francisco house and techno scene for the past 12 years, having released as Justin Martin & Sammy D on luminary labels such as Derrick Carter’s Classic Records, Ben Watt´s Buzzin´Fly and Claude Von Stroke´s Dirtybird. Sammy´s new project Pillow Talk (alongside production partners Michael Tello and Ryan Williams) is straight up soul dance music. Influenced by the great RnB singers of the 50s and 60s, Sammy’s velvet vocals displayed here in the majestic ‘Love Makes Parks’ wash over the laid-back, swinging groove and the message is clear; It’s the Visionquest summer of Love.