Review: Steve Bug's Poker Flat Recordings imprint hit the ripe old age of 15 this year - an eternity in house music terms - and has been celebrating with the superb Four Jacks series of EPs. This third instalment delivers more thrills in the shape of two previously unheard remixes of label classics, and two brand new jams. Audiofly's remix of Argy's 2005 debut "Love Dose" gets the right balance between locked-in tech-house grooves and gnarled acid jack, while Joeski's dub of Martin Landsky's "Reject" is a throbbing jacker peppered with woozy synths and urgent vocal samples. Berlin-based Brit Mark Henning impresses with the foreboding chords and classic Chicago drums of "Mad Half Hour", before Dario D'Attis steals the show with the hard-wired acid funk of "96000".
Review: Swiss producer Dario D'Attis' profile is on the rise, if this is certainly anything to go by: a release on Steve Bug's mighty Poker Flat! Following up several impressive outings on the likes of the local Purple Music and Hive Audio: where he provided similarly effective grooves, "Solera" once again sees him serve up some moody and elevating tech house attitude, that rolls along just as you like it. "Somebody" (original mix) utilises chopped and pitched up diva vocals with hypnotic melodies on this slow burning progressive house journey: optimized for serious dancefloor drama. Finally, "Solera" (Reprise mix) does exactly what it says on the tin. It returns for one more bash at the killer track: this one's a beatless tool version that still manages to distill some of the energy and suspense of the original.
Review: With a career that spans back to the mid-90s, if anyone can step up to Purple's Purpleized artist series it's D'Attis. Compiling tracks that date as far back as 1998 (his quintessentially soulful rub of Jamie Lewis's "For You"), the album acts as an impeccable audio CV while plotting the development of house music in the process. Styles and sounds come in myriad forms from the bulbous bass minimalism of his "Once Again" remix to his Latin-licked sunset sizzles "Circolo Cubano". A worthy addition for both completists and those who've only just got acquainted with the D'Attis style.
Review: Poker Flat's A&Ring is the envy of most labels and listening to Virtual Mood, it sounds like they have made another astute decision. The work of a Swiss production duo, it spans many of the moods and sounds that Steve Bug's label is known for. The title track is all rickety rhythms, breathless 'cha cha cha' vocal samples and eventually, a mournful chord sequence. "Shape" sees the pair opt for a more musical approach; over an ominous, moody bass, tranced out synths sweep in like rain clouds. Finally, there's "Drop It", which visits Poker Flat's interest in all things Chicago, as a pitch-bent vocal snatch is set to dry, jacking rhythm.