House producers Tale Of Us and Thugfucker's side project gets the remix treatment from some of the most popular underground names. Jamie Jones gets to grips with "Step Aside Lightweight", which features Scott McCloud on vocals. In Jones's world, the vocals sound bugged out as they accompany a stripped back groove into a parallel dimension of after parties and lost mornings. The Rework version is more toolish, but has a reference to the old days of house music thanks to its "we're all united" vocal. But neither can match Carl Craig's take on "Morgana"; its clipped drums and menacing bass will bring anyone who had hitched a ride on the escapist train crashing back down to earth.
It's a mark of the quality and consistency of Visionquest's releases that you can tell them a mile off. This debut EP from four-piece Life & Death is a great example of that. Without checking the label details, you would instantly identify Step Aside as a Visionquest release. It features the label's usual sonic palette - snappy, 808-influenced percussion, woozy synths, sub-bass heavinesss, atmospherics akin to 1980s goth records- and a moody, spoken vocal straight out of the Benoit & Sergio school of thought. Second track "Morgana" flips the script slightly, but it still sounds like a Seth Troxler record. If you, like us, enjoy the Visionquest sound, then, you'll love Step Aside.