Earlier this month, Poker Flat boss Steve Bug released his 5th long player album of a long and successful career. ‘Noir’ carries an obvious theme, with the album cover dominated by darkness, a consistent moody and dark edge to the contributing tracks and three direct references to the ‘film noir’ genre in ‘The Spiral Staircase’, ‘Somewhere in the Night’, and ‘The Seventh Victim’. Originally planned as a concept album, Steve dropped this idea some way through the project. Despite this, there is still a very clear path through the album and as a full length electronic release it works exceptionally well and definitely feels much more of a convincing album than purely a selection of productions Steve has been keeping hold of for the past few years – as is often unfortunately the case in dance music. As Steve put it himself... “If I had worked longer on the album, I probably would have replaced even more of the dance tracks with listening tracks”.
The album toys with both the driving four to the floor productions we would expect to hear Steve selecting at the weekend – such as the opener ‘Tell Me Why’ and ‘Those Grooves’ – slower, atmospheric tracks such as ‘Poison of Choice’ and the jazz infused ‘the Seventh Victim’ and even disco tinged productions like ‘The Sprial Staircase’ – and all done with a coherent, through-flowing theme. A piece of quality electronic music that works beautifully as a long player, but with tracks you’ll be gunning to hear in the club too, we love it.
Steve has kindly uploaded clips of every track on the album to his Soundcloud page so be sure to head over and check it out. LISTEN HERE
Saturday 1st December sees Steve Bug back in Leeds for System’s long awaited return to the infamous Mint Club for their ‘2012 closing party’. Steve has played some incredible sets for the System family over the years and this will be no exception. Tickets are strongly advised – BUY TICKETS.
Saturday 1st December
Mint Club, Leeds
Ticket Arena – Lowest Priced Tickets
Pre Party at Distrikt Bar, from 9pm onwards (free entry)
Article by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of Pulse Radio and Ticket Arena.