Secret Weapons Vol.5 – Shantu

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Visionquest’s Shaun Reeves and Tuccillo have joined forces to start their own imprint, Shantu. To celebrate, The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight invited them to reveal what Secret Weapons they ply on the dancefloor market.

Welcome to the fifth installment of our Secret Weapons series. This time we have esteemed house producer, Shaun Reeves (who founded Visionquest alongside Seth Troxler, Ryan Crosson & Lee Curtiss), and Tuccillo, who has long been a Visionquest regular. The pair have decided to pool their talents and launched their own label, Shantu, the first release from which is a collaboration between the pair, under the Shantu moniker.

The release is due for October 13th and features three choice minimal house cuts from the duo. The opening track, Primero, has a distinctly experimental feel to it, as skittering percussion loops haphazardly over the top of impressive synth swells and a killer bass drone.

Taking things up a notch we have the funk-infused Ingenue, which has a distinctly robotic feel to it, with the distorted claps that punctuate the mix, every so often joined with an old school vocal stab. We then take things down a slightly jazzier route, with Zissou. This is really promising material to launch Shantu with, which sets the bar high for future releases on the imprint.

We spoke to Shaun and Tuccillo, who have supplied us with the ten most deadly weapons in their arsenal, for this week’s Secret Weapons feature. Check them out, below.

Soul CapsuleSeekers (Ricardo Villalobos Remix)

One of my favourite remixes from Ricardo. It’s been solidly in my rotation since it came out in 2010.

CabanneMaki Sade

Classic dry funky Cabanne sound on this one from 2011. A prime of example of what I would consider a perfect pocket jam for a long Club Der Visionaere session.

DimbimanV

It was a tough call on which track from Zip to include here. That’s not nearly enough of them around but all so good and unique.

LosoulUp the Beach

Minimal space funk from Losoul. I love this one for afterhours and certain warm ups.

RadhooDe la Dus

Beautiful dub groove here with some wise words from Osho laid on top. Really nice to put this one on and just trip out for 15 minutes.

Hakan LibdoTelevinken

Classic Poker Flat release from 1999. This was one of the first records I owned and I’m happy that it somehow still miraculously plays scratch free.

SeafoamChatter

Really nice deep dubby west coast house. I really enjoy this sound and this is one of the quintessential tracks in my opinion.

Ion LudwigSOS Tribute

My favourite track from his amazing catalogue. a masterpiece of functionality. The perfect DJ tool with a groove that stands on it its own.

ElephunkEsmerald

Super sexy house bomb from 2002. I first heard Dyed Soundorom playing this years ago and had to get my hands on it. It’s really magic in the right time and place.

LawrenceTangled Track

Groovy building jam from Lawrence. Works on most any dancefloor and in many situations. Permanently in the rotation.

A fine selection indeed from the Shantu pairing, and we look forward to hearing more from their fledgling label.

You can check out past (and future) Secret Weapons features in our archive, here.

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