Review: There is no doubt that Steve Bug is one of house and techno's most respected artists, and the second volume of this compilation demonstrates why he is such an essential part of the underground. It contains Bug standards like the seductive melodies of "Chordwalk Empire" and the deeper than deep house of "Different in Detroit", which sit alongside more tripped out tracks like the 303-soaked, moody bass of "Tweaky Blinders" and the low-slung jacking house of his Traffic Signs project, represented here with the vocal-led "Cookie Jar". It's a fitting tribute to one of electronic music's most talented producers.
Review: Poker Flat Recordings are back with another collaboration between label boss Steve Bug and industry veteran Cle (Martini Bros), with the addition of the legendary Robert Owens who brings his deeply soulful voice to the track "Not In Vain". The Windy City icon's unmistakeable, smooth- as-silk vocals will captivate you, against a perfect backdrop of slinky and hypnotic dub techno. The dub version does not omit the vocals, rather the mesmerising chords of the original to create a sensual and emotive deep house number - which is perfect mood music for the warm-up or afterhours alike.
Review: Hanseatic heroes Poker Flat delve back into their extensive back catalogue here, particularly between 2009 and 2012. Highlights come from Kiwi veteran Simon Flower on the dubby tribal psychedelia of "Late Night", label boss Steve Bug on the classic "Swallowed Too Much Bass" featuring Paris The Black Fu of Detroit Grand Pubahs, Irish deep techno legend Donnacha Costello's "It's What We Do" getting a nice retrofit by KiNK & Neville Watson, label staple Martin Landsky getting deep and sensual on "V2U" and whatever happened to James What? The prolific British producer's 2011 underground hit "It Feels Wrong" appears here, remixed by Visionquest's Lee Curtis.
Review: Here it is, the definitive review of the year that was 2018 by Hot Since 82 & Co. Featuring all the surefire dancefloor weapons that soundtracked one terrific year and that will no doubt burn up dancefloors for many more years to come. Highlights include the epic "Buggin'" by the Knee Deep In Sound head honcho himself, fellow Leeds heroes Audiojack on the funked-up "First Flight", the Hot Creations affiliated Richy Ahmed on the tough rolling tech house of "Technique" (D'julz remix) and Spanish veterans Chus & Ceballos delivering a wickedly deep dub for the back room on "Ain't Nobody" - among many others.
Review: As the title suggests, this compilation is culled from the fourth quarter of Poker Flat's catalogue, and what impresses most is its diversity. Clearly favouring an open-minded approach to A&R, Bug's label casts its net far and wide and covers a wide range of styles. From the menacing bass and symphonic flourishes of Martin Buttrich's neon trance "Cloudy Bay", through to the minimalistic groove and lullaby chants of Gudio Schneider's "Transmission" and into the sick, dubby house of Radioslave's remix of Trentemoller's "Moan", this compilation succeeds in representing many of modern electronic music's facets. By including the dreamy, Detroit pads of Aril Brikha's "Amire" and the atmospheric filters of Redshape's remix of Simon Flower, it also captures new interpretations of classic styles.