Given that this loose, chiming and impressively organic three-tracker was co-produced by Visionquest co-founder Ryan Crosson, it seems strange to suggest that it's not a very Visionquest type record. Yet on the face of it, it isn't. Neither the distant, icy and snaking "DRM" - a 13-minute vibraphone-laden tech-house epic - or the more upbeat "Orca" easily fit into the Visionquest catalogue, but both are magical. The latter, in particular, sounds like contemporary take on the Steve Reich minimalist classical sound, but with serious dancefloor oomph. With the acoustic guitars and downbeat house pulse of "The Day You Left" adding another texture, DRM Part 1 is an excellent EP.
The Visionquest crew go beyond the confines of house music to deliver this wonderful album. It sounds like Merveille and Crosson have been listening to a lot of ambience, Balearic and wold music in their preparation for this release. "Escale" is a sprawling warren of gamelan-style rhythms, while the piano-led ambience of "At The Seams", which features Banana Azuli and Arthur Simonini, would rival the Cafe del Mar series at its most chilled. There are some references to house music, mainly on the walking bass and funky drum shuffle of "Again & Again" featuring Greg Paulus, but in the main, this is wide screen electronic music at its most sublime.
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