Matt Tolfrey / Word of Mouth Album Tour / UK
Ryan Crosson / Visionquest / US
David Apples & DLV / Disco Tales / AT
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In a current musical climate where originality can often be overtaken by the mundane and regular, Matt Tolfrey’s tireless devotion and relentless energy have taken him to a point where he is beginning to shape the musical world around him. Labels of the calibre of the legendary Classic Records and 1Trax now approach him to launch their compilation series, and through his own family of labels – Leftroom and its sister imprints Leftroom Ltd and Left’d, plus the edits label Foot and Mouth – he launches his own productions and musical tastes upon the scene. Matt’s inherent instinct for future classics have seen seasoned names such as Jamie Jones, Glimpse and Lee Curtiss all grace the label’s back catalogue. As the Leftroom stable hits maturity after 5 years, it is also now responsible for developing the likes of Laura Jones and Waifs & Strays and, in doing so, helping to launch the careers of tomorrow’s hot new house generation.
Ryan Crosson makes house and techno inspired by the historical precedent set in his native city of Detroit and his adopted hometown of Berlin. His musical output is shaped by pioneering artists like Richie Hawtin, Kevin Saunderson and Moodymann in the US, in addition to European heavyweights like Pantytec, Ricardo Villalobos, and Thomas Brinkmann. Situated loosely between these two defining poles, alongside his partners in Visionquest: Shaun Reeves, Seth Troxler and Lee Curtiss, Ryan delivers a obsessive attention to the constant progression of his sound and embodies a ceaseless energy that carries itself from the studio directly into his live set and DJ performances. Whether it’s solo in the studio or as a guiding hand in the Visionquest label and DJ/production partnership, Ryan consistently chooses to steer away from the predictable circuit of so-called “underground” club hits, instead favouring a process of constant renewal, returning both to early influential material and to emerging sounds that depart from well-trodden trends.