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Quarion – RETREAT

Quarion

Berlin-based, Swiss-born Quarion has produced and played with a wide variety of musicians since the late nineties. First, crafting skilful beats and samples for hip hop MC’s, then shaping versatile tech house grooves as Enterplay with Geneva’s Rosario and Japan’s Force Of Nature producer DJ Kent, or with jazz keyboardist Leo Tardin. As Ianeq, he also put out a stellar 12” with Snax on Get Physical and if you asked a 90’s clubber, he would be remembered as the fine drum & bass DJ he used to be.

Nowadays Quarion’s remixes breathe fresh air into already influential house and techno cuts, as evidenced on the best-selling Kompakt, DJ-Kicks and CD series. Tracks by Dirt Crew, Agnes, Chaton, Oliver Deutschmann, John Daly and others have been reworked and shot into orbit while his take on Jamie Lloyd’s “May I?” and Jagged’s “Hello Kool Nice” were paraded by world-class DJs.

These frequent flyers have been charting Quarion’s own productions since a decade, when the likes of Rainer Trüby and Lars Behrenroth repped his superb, housey broken beat “Reset” EP done as Ianeq. That jazz and hip hop background still transpired through Quarion’s “Karasu”, heavily endorsed by Ame and Dixon, while his admiration for dub grooves and Detroit techno deepness (or vice-versa) blossomed into a timely contribution to them. Having early on released a stunning tribute to Mad Mike entitled “The Light”, touring with Motor City ambassadors Theo Parrish and Omar-S was a natural fit.

A moody yet gregarious soul, Quarion has co-founded the vinyl-only Retreat imprint and is a member of Drumpoet Community, both of these labels being his favourite outlets for the widescreen, uplifting house with instrumental flourishes he creates today. By now a well-heeled alumni of high end clubs such as Watergate in Berlin, Goa in Madrid, Rex in Paris, Zukunft in Zurich or tours of Australia, USA and Japan, Quarion takes the stage for a masterful DJ set or one of his always renewed, semi-improvised live performances with the same determination and hopeful inspiration he already blew into his sax and scratched his vinyl with as a teenager. Music casts a spell on all of us through people like him.

RTR01 Quarion/Session Victim – Treats Vol.1

RTR03 Quarion – Dusty Fingers

RTR05 Session Victim/Quarion – Treats Vol.2

RTR08 Quarion – Moons Around Jupiter

RTR09 Iron Curtis/Quarion/Session Victim – Treats Vol.3

RTR11 Session Victim/The Hints/Iron Curtis – Treats Vol.4

RTR13 Quarion – Shifts In The Environment

RTR15 V.A. – Treats Vol.5

 

Links

Quarion on facebook
Quarion on twitter
Quarion on soundcloud
Quarion on resident advisor
Booking

Mixes

DJ Mix September 2013

DJ Mix for Melbourne Deepcast

A Dance With The Clouds (Boogie special)

Live

Drumpoet Community Label Night, Zukunft, Zurich (snippet)

Interviews

Feature in Resident Advisor
“Karasu” explained for Melbourne Deepcast

Discography

The Workout EP (Drumpoet Community, 2008)

Karasu EP (Drumpoet Community, 2006)

Remixes

John Daly – Meltdown (QRN Re-melt) (One Track, 2011)

[sic!] – Orange Sky (Quarion’s Red Dusk Remix) (Meakusma, 2010)

Chaton – +91 Ahead Session 4 (Quarion’s BKLYN Version) (Plak, 2010)

James Blonde & Oliver Deutschmann – Milanese (Quarion’s Sicilia Profonda Remix) (Flakplatz Limitiert, 2010)

Enola – Lost In Shibuya (Quarion’s Usuki Shinrin Dub) (Initial Cuts, 2009)

Dirt Crew – Soundwave (Quarion’s Drunken Wave Remix) (Dirt Crew, 2009)

Filippo Moscatello – Houz (Quarion’s Stop Start Remix) (Moodmusic, 2009)

Andrès Garcia – No More Tears (Quarion Remix) (Connaisseur, 2008)

Christian Vance – Tiger Snake (Quarion Remix) (Perspectiv, 2008)

Foster – Quiet Before The Storm (Quarion Remix) (Drumpoet Community, 2008)

Class 71 – Seaphone (Quarion Remix) (Four:Twenty, 2008)

Jagged – Hello Kool Nice (Quarion Remix) (Quintessentials, 2008)

Alex Attias pres. Mustang – Finding Who We Are (Quarion Dub) (Compost BlackLabel, 2007)

Jamie Lloyd – May I? (Quarion’s Morning Rave Remix) (Future Classic, 2008)

Agnès – Things Recur (Quarion Remix) – (Resopal Red, 2007)

The Dining Rooms – Free To Grow (Quarion Remix) (Schema, 2007)

Contributions

Drumpoems Verse 2 – “I Found You On Facebook” (Drumpoet Community, 2009)

Family Tree – “Takin’ No Shorts” (Perspectiv, 2008)

Appears on

Stéphane Pompougnac – Hôtel Costes 14 (includes “I Found You On Facebook”) (Wagram, 2010)

Paul Woodford – Renaissance: Platform (includes Deetron Remix of “Karasu”) (Renaissance, 2010)

Darren Emerson – GU36: Bogotá (includes Quarion Remix of “Hello Kool Nice) (Global Underground, 2009)

Mark Knight – Toolroom Knights (includes “Takin’ No Shorts”) (Toolroom, 2008)

Terry Lee Brown Junior – Terry’s Café 11 (includes “Takin’ No Shorts”) (Plastic City, 2008)

Jennifer Cardini – Feeling Strange (includes Quarion Remix of “May I”) (Kompakt, 2008)

Booka Shade – DJ Kicks (includes “Karasu” and “Play Your Part”) (K7, 2007)

M.A.N.D.Y. – Fabric 38 (includes Crowdpleaser Remix of “Karasu”) (Fabric, 2007)

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