Arborea Top 10
Mem1 Top 10

Cory Allen
Bio / Larkian / Autistes
Black Swan
James Brewster
C.H. District
Crazy Penis
Robert Crouch
Demdike Stare
Cezary Gapik
Ron Geesin
G. Night & G. Morning
Tim Hecker
Hole Punch Generation
Hopeless Local M. Band
E. De Jesus / Minus Pilots
Saito Koji
Little Fritter
Sam Moss
Dustin O'Halloran
Phillips / Hesse-Honegger
Maceo Plex
Pietro Riparbelli
Daniel Steinberg
Colin Stetson
Subtle Lip Can
Tapage & Meander
Robert Scott Thompson
Simon Whetham

Compilations / Mixes
DJ Bone
Pop Ambient 2011
Silence Was Warm Vol. 3
Superlongevity 5
v-p v-f is v-n

Benoit & Sergio
Mark Bradley
Ragle Gumm
Tevo Howard
Isnaj Dui
Clem Leek
Luv Jam
offthesky & Ten and Tracer
Sleeps In Oysters
Nobuto Suda
Totem Test
Morgan Zarate

Benoit & Sergio: Where The Freaks Have No Name

Visionquest's premiere release, Where The Freaks Have No Name, is notable as much for the names behind the imprint as for the EP itself. Visionquest, you see, is the brainchild of Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson, Lee Curtiss, and Shaun Reeves, and the four, all of them well-known DJs and producers in their own right, have chosen techno producers Benoit & Sergio ( Benoit Simone and Sergio Giorgini ) to inaugurate their label venture. The pair, who hail from Washington and split their time between the US and Berlin, have issued material on Bruno Pronsato's thesongsays (What I've Lost EP) and on Spectral Sound (Midnight People) and also have a release scheduled to appear on DFA in early 2011. The three tracks on Where The Freaks Have No Name aren't thunderous ravers or stompers but rather laid-back tech-house tracks overlaid by dreamy vocalizing and aiming for something closer in spirit to pop song polish than hell-raising.

“Walk and Talk” features a restrained yet smooth and hypnotic groove bolstered by hand claps, backwards treated vocal effects, and a sleepy lead vocal that laments a partner so anaesthetized she verges on lobotomized (“She doesn't wash her hair, doesn't wash her clothes / Just sits on the couch watching television shows / When I come home doesn't even say ‘Hello'”). “Where The Freaks Have No Name” is, yes, a tad freakier than the opener but even here restraint abides, as the tune's creeped-out title chant spreads itself across an insistent, conga-inflected pulse and radiant synth smears. The B-side's ten-minute “Day Residue” cultivates a dreamy atmosphere to the greatest degree of the EP's tracks, as the repeating vocal melody acts as an anchor for the fluttering synthesizer flourishes that swirl atop the tune's gently pulsating rhythms. It's one for the early morning I reckon, whether that means awakening to a new day or slowing things down at the end of a long night.

February 2011