Alex Niggemann – Materium (remix) – Poker Flat Recordings

Bassline. Syncopation. Funk. Are three word which readily fit the description of Argy & Ernest & Frank’s remix of Alex Niggemann’s exquisite gem from last year. The sparkle of captivating keys remains intact as does the exhilarating sense of melody they provide but it’s the unadulterated brute force supplied by the drums and bass that really drive this. Breathless.

Release: August 21


Frankey – Sing – Poker Flat Recordings

The key to this production is tension. As layers of sound are introduced so does the pressure increase. And yet you can feel an almost improvised Jazziness at play here too with piano strikes contrasted by a chorus of heavenly voices. The drums are typically smouldering while sound effects and treatments pick out spaces creating further dialogue, all in all this is an excellent piece of music. Then, Satellite delivers a message in words that captivate and inform as taught beats and keys punctuate the intention in four-four time, feeling like contemporary Acid could and should.

Release: July 3

Tim Engelhardt – First Contact – Poker Flat Recordings

A stunning piece of electronic music from Tim Engelhardt. First Contact, is soulfully resonate, forward-thinking capturing the essence of an imagined reality with its smouldering drums, cutting synthesizers plus probing bass. Creating a sublime atmosphere in the process while punching its weight in gold, this resolute production will serve both the dancefloor and your heart. Just to highlight that perspective a Beatless Tool proves the point with blazing keys setting the world alight. Second original, Light The Fire then carves out deeper grooves with more thought-provoking sights and sounds feeling just perfect.

Release: March 6

Mihai Popoviciu – Sleepwalking – Poker Flat Recordings

It’s almost all in the way the bassline grooves and moves you in inevitable ways when something smoulders as much as this does. Driven by punchy drums the unfolding sensation of drama soon gathers pace with the addition of grainy synthesisers capturing the ever evolving sense of adventure. Apart from occasional vocal touches it’s pretty much all down to the addictive rhythms, and they are certainly irresistible. Francesca Lombardo then adds sparkle into the remix with punctuating keys bouncing off Acid attitude and effervescent melodies.

Release: November 22


Francesca Lombardo – Flumen – Poker Flat Recordings

If you feel that music still has the power to excite, educate and define life then Francesca Lombardo’s wonderfully compelling Flumen is for you. An exciting piece of music that touches the soul, as much it may damage the dancefloor, while washing the stereo in the mood of anticipation. Its futuristic fusion of electronic sounds plays fast and loose with tantalising rhythms, alongside the melodic punch of humanity as the final moments of heavily treated guitar-like plucks infuse a timely, intense refrain. Psycho, then flips the coin to reveal energetic, twisted Techno beats, bass and keys all flying high.

Release: September 13

Berkson & What – Keep On feat. Robert Owens (Tim Engelhardt Remixes) – Poker Flat Recordings

Does twenty years feel like a long time to you? Perhaps not if you’ve reached a certain vintage, but in the end it’s all about the music and how it survives exposure to the ticking clock. Celebrating that timespan then is a series of remixes with this from Tim Engelhardt beginning the sequence in two parts. Saluting, Keep On and featuring the unmistakable time honoured voice of one Robert Owens, Remix A highlights all of the vocal goodness on offer, alongside its timely message, over a bed of electronically charged rhythms feeling that bit loser with an addictive, shuffling funkiness very much in evidence. Remix B injects a little extra energy rearranging the song over brisker drums and freshly squeezed sounds. Although, either way this is a classic moment to add the labels already robust canon.

Release: August 16

Frankey – Dream – Poker Flat Recordings

Frank Beckers alias delivers music that should have you jumping in the aisles as its startling succession of fiery drums and hot-wired electricity does pure damage to the senses. The title track unfolds with layers of dangerous keys alongside a probing urgency that resolves somewhat upon the arrival of tripped out vocal, but not before creative juices flow in excess. Clocking in at almost nine minutes of pure solution this has anthemic stamped all over it. Next, Rotary sequences a series of melodic notation that is all at once addictive and yet soulfully satisfying. What more is there?

Release: July 5

Thales Boutroumlis – Perpetual – Poker Flat Recordings

A stunning production of music from relative newcomer Thales Boutroumlis. Beginning with the title track, Perpetual which positively simmers with the sort of energy to tempt you into oblivion this release for Poker Flat hits all the right notes reaching for hints of melody and proportion, while actively exploring an array of electronic sensory delight. Capturing the imagination is key here as the sounds create a wealth of images in the mind but these are never far from the drums that fuel movement either. The equally impressive, Aether follows this time with tougher basslines igniting the airwaves while resolutely brisk drums take care of the rest amid the pulses of Acid. Excellence.

Release: May 3

Steve Bug & Langenberg – NGC 6240 – Poker Flat Recordings

Lifted from his the current album Paradise Sold this joint collaboration alongside Langenberg seeks out an urgency that becomes all too apparent depending on the numbers. From one aspect the undulating stabs feel like haunting, atmospheric ruminations. Yet viewed from another the reoccurring, sizzling Acid lines are purely fierce, cutting determinedly through the airwaves backed-up by a single strident kick drum. Never one to underplay the power of music in all its forms NGC 6240 supplies and then satisfies the demand for invigorating moments. Remixes come from Tim Engelhardt who lifts the rhythms skyward adding hints of melody amid the rush of synthesized keys. Plus, from Vince Watson who inevitably stokes the fire igniting the array of stabs punctuating and building the tension in expert fashion.

Release: February 23


Martin Landsky – Being Me EP – Poker Flat Recordings

Striking the right chords for the closing in of the winter hours is just what Martin Landsky’s smouldering title track does in earnest. However, it’s almost as much about the striking cowbell as it is about the magical concoction of darkly, brooding pads, deft bassline and unnerving voices. A Dub version follows allowing the buzzy stabs space to roam, leaving the probing tones of Norway to finish on an equal high.