For the latest excursion on his label, Steve Bug teams up with Langenberg, aka Max Hessen. With releases on Poker Flat's sister imprint, Dessous, as well as Liebe Detail to his credit, it's fair to say that Lagenberg is adept at making deep, hypnotic house. These skills are very much to the fore on "NGC 6240". Working together with Bug, the German artist lays down an ominous bass and overlays it with spacey synths and spiralling acid motifs. It strikes a perfect balance between depth and menace. Poker Flat has also top-tier remixers to rework the collaboration. Tim Engelhardt, who has released frequently on the label in recent years, delivers an evocative but chilling take, while Scottish techno sensation Vince Watson adds his trademark dreamy Detroit take to the original.
First teaming up on the terrific "Chord Cluster" last year, Poker flat chief Steve Bug teamed up with Max Heesen aka Langenberg (Drumpoet Community/Ovum/Dessous) once more on this year's long player Paradise Sold - a masterclass in house music production that came to life as a true collaborative work. Keeping the music from the album fresh in your memory (all these months later) are these brilliant remixes. As part of the package, featured are German duo Frankey & Sandrino who deliver their idiosyncratic style of dancefloor drama on their version of "Senior Elfo", while the always reliable Cassy - she of the newly launched Kwench imprint - serves up the moody and hypnotic backroom vibe on her Cassy Full On Dub. Closing up is Panorama Bar resident Virginia going for an evocative and bittersweet electro vibe on her rework of "A Touch Of Detroit".