Following a summer of fifth birthday celebrations, Tom Trago’s Voyage Direct label returns to action with a brand new 12” from Amsterdam scene stalwart Simon Weiss.Although a new member of the Voyage Direct family, Weiss is no newcomer to the scene. He’s previously delivered high grade EPs for Rush Hour, Deepermotions and Home Taping Is Killing Music, and his contribution to First Mission, Voyage Direct’s fifth anniversary compilation, was one of the undoubted highlights of that set.
It’s that track – the gloriously positive “Tele-Vision”, and it’s cyber-house fusion of darting synthesizer arpeggios, Detroit-influenced percussion, and thrusting acid bass – that heads up Weiss’ first EP for Voyage Direct.
Dutch veteran and longtime friend of the family Dexter turns in a stunning remix, putting a well-placed boot up the backside of “Tele-Vision” via speaker-shaking sub bass, kaleidoscopic electrofunk motifs and thumping techno rhythms. It’s a stunning re-make, and one that takes Weiss’ fine original to even greater heights.
Flip the record for two previously unheard Weiss productions. First up is “Ghost”, a supernatural house shuffler full of alien synths, wayward melodies, intergalactic electronics and crunchy drum machine hits. Weiss flips the script slightly on “Super Sub”, pairing his now trademark vintage synthesizer refrains and tumbling electronics with a heavyweight, bassline-driven groove. It’s a sweet and evocative track, but critically also packs a punch.