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: 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: Long-standing German tech-house legend Steve Bug, founder of both Pokerflat and Dessour, returns to the latter label with something a bit special, and likely to satisfy all of your DJ needs. The producing don has taken it upon himself to remix a twelve tunes, all from different artists that have shaped the sound of house and techno as we know it today. You'll find Bug's retouches on artists like Simon Baker, Manuel Tur, and even Lovebirds. However, the special moments come from his sleek Re-Dub of Chez Damier's mythical house bomb "New York Dub", a stripped back edit of Laurent Garnier's "Whistle For Frankie, and the gorgeously deep swells of his remix of "Pensum" by Francis Harris. Masterful, and very much recommended.
Review: Esteemed German deep house imprint Dessous Recordings return with the second edition of the We Like The Deep series. Here Steve Bug & Co. curate another wonderful selection of sensual groove delights. Highlights coming from: Fairground People with the melancholic Windy City vibe of "Sound Foundation", as always legend Charles Webster lends his midas touch to Berlin veteran Phonique's "Worked It Out" (feat Ian James Whitelaw & Volker Meitz), longstanding label staple Vincenzo appears with the sexy deep disco goodness of "Don't You Ever Stop" while Bug's partner in crime Langenberg servers up some meditative tribal atmospherics on "Alternate Rhythm". Plus, there's the welcome return of UK tech house veteran Jamie Anderson (with Owain K) on the dubby late night mood music of "Night Scanner".