2019 Feb 04     
2 Bit Thugs

Half a dozen cuts from Poker Flat's vinyl-only sub-label get a digital reissue

Most iDJ readers will, we should imagine, be aware by now that Poker Flat has for the past few years been running a vinyl-only sub-label called Poker Wax - and that its releases have generally been greeted by widespread acclaim. But fret not, all ye non-turntable owners, because here six tracks from the back catalogue get released digitally for the first time.

Pavel Ludin's Waxology is up first, an unhurried deep house chugger based around rolling beats and a simple stabbing organ chords. Kindimmer's Quite Beachy then takes us into wonkier, more jazz-tinged territory, before James Dexter's sparse, bleepy Area 51 brings the first half to a close. We move into the back three in Kindimmer's company once more, with The Subject augmenting its hefty 4/4s with all manner of weird and wonderful sounds 'n' FX. Mennie & Julien Sandre's Partitions is a somewhat livelier tech-house roller that's somehow reminiscent of vintage Classic productions, before Pavel Ludin's dreamy, dubby Halo plays us out.

With six very playable deep and tech-house grooves to choose from, this is a must for anyone who missed the vinyl first time around.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 1 February



Review Score: 8




Tags: Poker Flat, Poker Wax, deep house, tech-house, minimal, Pavel Ludin, Kindimmer, James Dexter, Mennie, Julien Sandre