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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Steve Bug & Langenberg – Chord Cluster – Poker Flat Recordings

The label continues with their series of excellent, hard-hitting releases and this from label boss Steve Bug alongside Langenberg is also sure-fire brilliance. The aptly titled Cloud Cluster hits you in a hurry as layers of keys unfold with atmospheric, bassy strings resonating all over the bottom-end while punchy Acid lines fuel the energy towards completion. Resulting in a complex lesson in mood and richly rewarding emotive states. Next is the turn of, The Teaze which combines a wealth of fizzy synth riffs and notation over gritty, feverish stabs and repeating, insistent drums building its intensity carefully, intently.

Release: October 20

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Markus Homm – Don’t Let Go EP – Poker Flat Recordings

I remember the first time I heard the title track and couldn’t wait to hear it for a second. Don’t Let Go combines robust, deep bass and beats together with a flair of musicality that is so often missing and only goes to enhance the quality of experience here, fusing the future with the past succinctly. Dance With Me gets deeper in comparison with taught, brisk drums fuelling the rhythms as captivating vocals then inform the groove, leaving the edgy vibes of the addictive Feel It to complete this first-rate release.

Release: September 8

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Vincenzo & Cari Golden – Never Go Back/ That’s The Way – Poker Flat Recordings

Killer production from Vincenzo who cleverly fuses timely Detroit styled basslines together with haunting synthesisers and an Acid attitude which is telling complimented by Cari Golden’s resonating vocal input. The tension gets resolved by a rush of emotive chords later on but the subtleties and creative nuances in this arrangement are excitedly rewarding throughout. Also coming with an Instrumental version, plus with an electro fuelled Smash TV feeling suitably charged and excellent, you can’t go wrong either way. Next, That’s The Way retraces more familiar territory with probing keys working their way into your consciousness over five minutes of compelling engagement.

Release: May 26
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Mihai Popoviciu – Fiction – Poker Flat Recordings

Mihai Popoviciu delivers the kind of loose fitting, liquid fuelled funkiness that is unfortunately absent in so much music today. It probes at the corners of the stereo with chiming bass hits, shuffling drum patterns alongside questioning vocals, sometime spoken sometimes sung on the infectious standout, I Should. Twisted, follows with more robust rhythms aimed for the dancefloor boosting darker atmospheres, while Fiction feels more cosmopolitan in turn via its deft sprinkle of breezy synth lines. Interconnected completes this first rate release with a splash of smoky Chicago replayed just like the first time care off pulsating 80’s drums, the spoken word plus tinges of hot Acid colouring the grooves.

Release: March 24
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Joeski – Lessons In Dub EP – Poker Flat Recordings

More wonderful music that celebrates life pushing forward yet acknowledging past creatives – a theme that seems to run through everything I review at Magazine Sixty. Put directly Joeski’s effortless blend of smoky rhythms, heavy-duty drums and Dub sensibilities are a thing of eternal beauty. The crash and burn sounds of Dub Music sizzle and excite as the voice of Jamaica resonates. What Is Dub Love? Poses the question next with rolling drum machines offset by a succession of tripped-out notation. The equally great Roots confirms all the aspiration to complete this wonderful EP and not surprisingly finally complements the spaced echoes with a pulsating reggae bassline and flurry of melody.

Release: February 17
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