Review: Cosmo Vitelli and Julien Briffaz's Bot'ox alias returns with Foremost Poets on mic duties for this commanding slice of indie-disco brilliance. With the French pair showing their love of softly building and romantic house, the pair let the satisfyingly camp vocals drive the tune, with a 128 bpm beat and simple bass and strings backing it up. Getting truly epic though, their 12 minute dub version is simply mind-blowing - using every arrangement trick in the book to keep it thrilling the entire way.
Review: Bug is known primarily as a deep house producer, but this latest missive sees him taking a darker, more menacing approach. Maybe it's the presence of Foremost Poets that has led to this artistic swing, but there is no denying that "Adjustments" is more menacing than usual. Bug's own 'adjustment' sees a humming bass that tears and grinds and heavy claps combined to provide a backdrop for Foremost Poets' ominous vocals. Alex Niggeman takes it deeper and more chugging with his remix, but the standout remix is by Arttu; the bass is grainy, the groove abrasive and insistent - no wonder then that it sounds like Gesloten Cirkel doing house music.
Review: The Berlin techno collective's house offshoot delivers an intoxicating ode to enjoying life while you can. Over a squeaky, stripped back rhythm and doubled up beats, Foremost Poets urges everyone in the club to let their hair down - 'we ain't going nowhere - I wanna see everybody on the dancefloor' - and to keep the party going for as long as possible. The fact that he does this to the sound of a spiralling acid line makes his request sound even more inviting. Losoul also delivers on his 'Altered Poetry' remix; while not as immediate as the original, his shuffling drums and dark bleeps will convince even the most civilised party-goer to have a late one.
Simon Garcia & Daniel Kyo - "Options" - (8:13) 122 BPM
Nico Lahs - "Suddenly Gone" - (7:26) 125 BPM
Steve Bug - "Life In Circles" - (7:34) 123 BPM
Alex Niggemann - "Curious" - (7:21) 118 BPM
HOSH - "Facebook" - (6:13) 114 BPM
Review: Legendary German imprint Poker Flat continues into 2021 with the latest in their B Sides compilation series. As it says on the tin, Chapter Six presents the best of their back catalogue between releases numbered 126 to 150 - which were around 2012 - 2013. Starting off with label boss Steve Bug's 'Tell Me Why" taken from his album Noir, Alex Niggemann's expressive piece of mood music entitled 'Tangram" (The Deep End) from back in 2013, the sexy late night shuffle of Mihai Popoviciu's "Here", Carlos Sanchez getting deep down and dirty on the afterhours bounce of "Conclution", Hamburg heroes Kollektiv Turmstrasse lending a typically emotive and bittersweet vibe to their rework of Daniel Dexter's "Birds" and who could forget the low slung swagger of "Facebook" by Diynamic chief HOSH.
Alex Niggemann - "Tangram (The Bright End)" - (8:32) 123 BPM
Steve Bug - "The Arpeggio" - (9:04) 121 BPM
Mihai Popoviciu - "Call Me" - (7:52) 122 BPM
Steve Bug - "No Adjustments" (feat Foremost Poets - Steve Bug's Re-adjustment) - (6:51) 122 BPM
Simon Garcia - "Cavern" - (9:08) 120 BPM
Nico Lahs - "My Side" - (7:43) 122 BPM
TJ Kong & Modular K - "End-game" (feat Edward Capel) - (9:17) 126 BPM
Review: The Poker Flat filter sifts through its immense catalogue to pull up a fresh new 'best of' chapter. Tracks come Boris Dlugosch, Marco Resmann and Steve Bug to Vince Watson, TJ Kong and Alex Niggemann all deliver the goods, be burning italo basslines, techier dub techno and 80s synth to percussive melodies and other minimal actions. Simon Garcia goes deeper into tripper arpeggio mode with "Cavern" while the words of Theo Parrish feature in the Juno-106 house sounds of "Lectures". Get some extended minimal players from Mihai Popoviciu in "Call Me", with Detroit and Chichagoan sounds further permeating the compilation in "My Side". Dope.