Released 26th August 2016
Fideles is the joint moniker of Italian duo Daniele Aprile and Mario Roberti, who have carved out a niche for their distinctive brand of deep, techy house on noted labels such as Defected, Be As One, and Marco Resmann’s Upon You, among others.
Here on their first outing for Poker Flat Recordings, the duo cook up four courses of lean, focussed tech-house for Steve Bug’s seminal imprint.
‘Detuned’ starts the journey - an edgy, tense groove exhibiting the boy’s masterful sound design and use of space to create a thick, intoxicated atmosphere. ‘I’m Rude’ is more direct - a thumping bass drum introduces a low slung bass groove, slowly evolving and mutating into a true party-starter.
‘Worthy’ uses similar building blocks but delivers a different vibe altogether, revelling in a minimalist production aesthetic and cheeky bass riff. ‘Ran Baran’, the title track, is another lesson in great production - each element perfectly balanced to create an atmosphere of controlled mayhem - which is exactly the response this entire EP aims to instigate on dancefloors.
a2. I’m Rude
b1. Ran Baran
Released 11th March 2016
- Vinyl Only
A well deserved second outing on Poker Flat's vinyl only series for Thanasis Voulgaris a.ka. Kindimmer.
Born in Greece but now residing in Berlin, Kindimmer's playful and punchy productions see him treading the line between raw house and quality techno, seemingly deeply tuned into the endless energy of the dance floor.
The Occhiolism EP presents four equally impressive and totally varied cuts from our man - 'The Subject' an atmospheric and loopy house affair with snappy snares and bubbling bass wobbles. 'Anxiety Society' is more of a raw and aggressive floor slayer, primed for peak time damage with its firing percussion and unrelenting kick, bass and snare axis. 'Your Name of Choice' channels some classic two steps breaks for its rhythmic blueprint, while adding layers of cut up vocals, synths and effects. Last but by no means least, 'Stanza 103' is a straight up banger that builds from a sick techno pulse and mutates into something altogether more groove orientated via intricate drum programming and evolving pads that evoke Detroit's legends. All in all, Kindimmer offers us an amazing glimpse into his sonic world - and a must have piece of wax.
a1. Kindimmer - The Subject
a2. Kindimmer - Anxiety Society
b1. Kindimmer - Your Name of Choice
b2. Kindimmer - Stanza 103
Released 8th July 2016
Poker Flat Recordings offers up another mouthwatering collaboration in the form of this EP by Mennie and Julien Sandre.
Mennie hails from Italy, and had fast been gaining a serious reputation on the underground, both as a resident at Club 999 in his home country and as a talented up and coming producer. Teaming up here with the Frenchman Julien Sandre, this is an international project that will hit home with DJs and house lovers globally.
The Night Riots EP kicks off with 'Partitions', which sees the boys in sparkling form - twisting and teasing a sick groove out of fairly simple sources.
'Darth J' follows a similar path - the devil is in the detail, and Mennie and Sandre get down to some serious beat science, punctuated with some subtle chords and vocal stabs in the process.
'In A Pixel World' reveals the pair's love of classic Chicago vibes distilled though French Touch, bringing in a super funky groove filtered though various effects and processes, and paying homage to the timeless sounds of early Daft Punk.
'No More' closes out the EP with a yet another weapon - a ray of house sunshine that skips along on a fidgety beat offset by filtered strings and chopped up vocal stabs. It's got summer written all over it.
a2. Darth J
b1. In A Pixel World
b2. No More