20 years in, Steve Bug's label is still pushing things forward
If you haven't been paying much attention to Poker Flat's output this year, then here's a chance to catch up, with a 12-track compilation of some of the best of the past 12 months' catalogue.
Frankey's Dream gets the ball rolling, wherein a pounding technoid kick and an insistent one-note synth riff go head-to-head with a haunting, distorted spoken female vocal, and from there on out we're taken on a ride through house music 2019's many flavours, from tracks like Francesca Lombardo's Flumen or Hannes Bieger, Sailor & I's Chemistry, that lean towards the melodic/proggy side, to Eva Be's Delight [Ian Pooley Remix] with its monster of a speed garage-style bassline, via cuts from Steve Bug & UNER, Marco Resman, Kotelett & Zadak and youANDme & Tim Toh – not to mention Mihai Popoviciu, who turns in not one but two album highlights in the form of Sleepwalking, a hefty, dubby 3am dancefloor strutter, and (most especially) Understand, which comes on like the very, very deepest of Jersey garage from the early 90s given a 21st Century teched-up refix.
If you haven't been paying much attention to Poker Flat's output this year, you're a fool, because they've been on fire. So do yourself a favour and make sure you don't miss this!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 27 December
Review Score: 8
Tags: Poker Flat, house, tech-house, deep house, minimal, Francesca Lombardo, Hannes Bieger, Sailor & I, Eva Be, Ian Pooley, Steve Bug, UNER, Marco Resman, Kotelett & Zadak, youANDme, Tim Toh, Mihai Popoviciu