After a chance encounter at the Southport Weekender, the musical partnership between Ben Westbeech (Brownswood, Strictly Rhythm) and Kon (BBE) aka The Vision, have been behind a number of the most meaningful dance releases of the last twelve months. Striking the balance between classic and contemporary the duo now present their eponymous debut album, The Vision – its impeccable craftsmanship demonstrated through a meandering mix of soul, disco, house and funk across 14 tracks. A magnet for A-List collaborators, Roy Ayers, Honey Dijon, Andreya Triana, Dames Brown and Nikki-O all feature on this album debut.
Since the first teaser of The Vision’s music, a white label 12” circulated to in-the-know DJs, the pair have continued to make waves with their genre-bending, multi-instrumental and ultra-modern sound. Stand-out singles ‘Heaven’ and ‘Mountains’, both featuring long-time collaborator Andreya Triana, showcased their ethos of producing completely original music, from the song-writing, to the recording of live instrumentals and meticulous production. Garnering support from tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Gerd Janson, Annie Mac, Maryanne Hobbs and Joe Claussell to name just a few.
This LP allows the pair to showcase their broad range of influences and musical disciplines, the result is a listener’s album in every sense, designed to be played in full, with dream-like interludes that guide its narrative. From dancefloor-friendly cuts like the disco-tinged ‘Down’ and funk-laden ‘Satisfy’, to the soul-searching ‘Wasting’ and ‘Believe’, along with heartfelt odes ‘Home’ and ‘Missing’, The Vision leave no stone unturned with the LP.