Brett Johnson – The Secret Place


PURCHASE: 12″ / Digital


Brett Johnson makes his second appearance on the mighty Visionquest imprint with a superbly nuanced EP ‘The Secret Place’. Packed full of rhythmic and melodic complexities, Johnson embarks on a supersonic head trip for the senses. Lead track ‘The Awakening’ is awash with eerie keys and a building framework of warping fx, clicks and bleeps, all pulled together by the emphatic groove. On the flip, ‘Voyage 34 feat. Ryan’ is a rolling, hypnotic and futuristic odyssey with the tougher edge of techno and Ryan’s creepy, disembodied voice. Finally ‘You Can Count On Me’ indulges in an intricate, percussive groove with glitchy machine tech funk.

With influences ranging from early house and disco to turntablism and techno, Brett Johnson successfully straddles the line between knowledgeable “thinking man’s” DJ and genuine, primal floor-filler. Brett’s sound is best known as groovy, bumping house with a hearty dose of techno elements, crafted and mixed in a way that is truly identifiable as his own. Whether DJing or creating music, his wild card is an ability to inject warmth and soul into his electronic sound. The result is an impressive discography filled with unique statements, otherworldly surprises, and undeniable club stompers.

Releasing his first record in 1999 on the now defunct, Aesoteric Records, Brett has released over 100 records and remixes for some of dance music’s best labels. The list includes Crosstown Rebels, Classic Music Company, 20/20 Vision, Get Physical, Visionquest, Magnetic, Freerange, Cynosure, F-Communications; the list goes on and on. Aside from a busy remix schedule and this killer on Visionquest, Brett is also about to release material on Classic Music Company, Get Physical and Cynosure Recordings.