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IT’S HARD TO FIND YOUR NICHE IN DANCE MU­SIC TO­DAY. Ev­ery cor­ner of dance mu­sic seems taken, ev­ery sub- genre has seem­ingly been cre­ated ( and then re- hashed sev­eral times).

And yet Vi­sion­quest, the Detroit/ Ber­lin based la­bel con­tinue to cre­ate their own niche, and thanks to some ex­cel­lent A& R work, have de­vel­oped an im­pres­sive roll call of tal­ent into their midst, in­clud­ing Maceo Plex, Laura Jones, Guy Ger­ber, Chaim and Benoit & Ser­gio.

It’s the lat­ter who kick off this 3 CD Best of, with their al­ready clas­sic ‘ Walk & Talk’ open­ing up CD 1, the first of two un­mixed discs that show­cases some of the la­bel’s big­gest hits. So there’s Maceo Plex’s ‘ Fallin’, ‘ Dark Song’ from Tale of Us, and Laura Jones’ ‘ Let Me In.’

All the tracks have Vi­sion­quest’s ide­ol­ogy son­i­cally im­printed – deep, thrust­ing techno, that’s not afraid to get weird or in­no­va­tive, but is still melodic enough that you’re play­ing air pi­ano/ bass. Firm­ing up the Best Of is a sprawl­ing, left­field look at the la­bel’s out­put thanks to Pitts­burgh’s DJ Three who blends cuts from Dinky, Pez­zner and two of the trio’s la­bel bosses ( Ryan Crosson and Shaun Reeves) into a fit­tingly sin­u­ous techno mix.

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