Authenticity is essential to the work of Session Victim. Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling are the type of guys who only work with people they know. They both have a hand in vinyl-only labels—Freer runs Retreat with Quarion, Reiling is involved with Giegling—and only play vinyl in their DJ sets. Session Victim produce classic house tracks on hardware gear and often use old soul, funk and disco records for samples and inspiration. They've released an album, The Haunted House Of House, and lots of 12-inches in this vein, and most recently Freer put out Treats Vol. 5, Retreat's latest compilation.
When it comes to playing live, Session Victim run a setup that intentionally leaves room for error: "There are so many points where we can fuck up," they told us in 2010. "We're able to improvise and people should really see that we are doing something." For their RA Session they gave us a raucous rendition of "Never Forget," a track from their upcoming LP for Delusions Of Grandeur, which, like their best work, is bright and full of character.
Session Victim play The Garden Festival in Croatia, which runs from 2nd to 9th July.
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