Steve Bug, one of the world’s most renowned artists in the electronic music circuit, is set to release his fifth studio album and his most mature to date. Originally planned as a concept album about film noir, Steve found that idea too rigid and decided to use it more as the underlying inspiration like in the tracks“The Spiral Staircase,” “Somewhere in the Night” and “Seventh Victim.” Noir evokes a world of shady transactions and secret crimes, where the tracks emit a dark and moody atmosphere. Although the film noir concept isn’t carried through completely, it infuses the spirit of the record in a way reminiscent of the sci-fi obsession of Jeff Mills or Carl Craig. Tracks such as the pre-released single “Those Grooves” and “No Adjustments,” play in to a vision of an apocalyptic-dystopian disco with their evocative spoken word.
The material for the new album was created over a period of three years, which makes its consistency and coherence all the more impressive. Ghostly sounds conspire amidst relentless beats like in my favorite track “Serve Your Mistress” and although the album is driven by head-rushing beats, Noir is a listening album more than anything.
Steve Bug has crafted a rounded, dark, and sophisticated album that casts a shadow over most contemporary dance albums. Noir is worth more than a few listens—it is worth your undivided attention.
Steve Bug - “Noir” (Poker Flat Recordings)
01. Tell Me Why
02. Poison Of Choice
03. Serve Your Mistress
04. No Adjustments feat. Foremost Poets
05. The Spiral Staircase
06. Moment Of Ease feat. Emilie Chick
07. Those Grooves
08. Somewhere In The Night
09. Farewell Friend
10. The Seventh Victim
Steve Bug ‘Noir’ is released 1st October 2012 on Poker Flat Recordings
Recently electronic [house] artists have been releasing albums that are not only for the dance floor but also an easy listen full of intoxicating vocals that can be enjoyed from start to finish. Yousef’s new album, “A Product of Your Environment,” achieves this perfectly, as he has “paints a technicolour picture of a DJ long player” with what is being regarded as his finest work to date.
Each track soars beyond its club use and into a composition comprised of its own unique elements of personality. This album was inspired by his personal history and global travelling exploits yet he tips his hat at the melancholic and entrancing works of Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Prince. But not to worry, this album has just as many wild moments that remind you of after hours on the floor of Cocoon, Circo Loco, and Space.
This album is already receiving lots of acclaim from heavy hitters like Loco Dice, Magda, Carl Cox, and Nic Fanciuli to name a few. The project has allowed Yousef to “open up his collaborative instincts too, inviting some unknown but extremely talented musicians to perform.”
Each track has been produced, arranged, and mixed by Yousef, with collaborations coming from a variety of artists: Mercury Prize nominee Gwilyam Simcock, Chicago house legend Alexander East, one of the U.K.’s finest classical guitarists Neil Campbell and some unknowns like Tom Crew, whose vocals remind me of a modern day rock band like The Strokes or Interpol.
The title of the album represents the meaning of Yousef’s work. It’s an expression of someone for whom dance music has been a career, but who looks to the outside world for focus. In a year where his personal life has reached an all time high, the project reflects experiences he has been through as well as the worldwide clubs he continues to rock—a true product of his environment.
1.Yousef with David Williams – An Old Friend
2.Yousef feat. Alexander East – Think Twice
3.Yousef – For The Terraces
4.Yousef feat. Tom Crew – Had No Sleep
5.Yousef feat. Chari Taft – I See
6.Yousef – What Is Revolution
7.Yousef with David Williams - Indigo Child
8.Yousef - Unusual
9.Yousef - Beg
10.Yousef – Feel The Same Thing
11.Yousef – In Fear Of Dusk
12.Yousef with Gwilyam Simcock - Dissolve
Yousef - “A Product Of Your Environment” will be released 15th October 2012 through Circus Recordings
1. American Dream (Supernova Remix)- Jakatta, Joey Negro
3. Salty Days- Smallpeople
4. Work Your Body (audiojack remix)- Daniel Dexter
5. Night and Day (Dusky Remix): Hot Chip
6. House of Jesus (Oscar G Miami Heat Remix): Dax Gaeten
7. Confess- Floorplan
8. Ellipsis- Joy Orbison
9. NoNo- The Glitz
10. Only- NIkola Gala
Release date: June 4, 2012 on Poker Flat Recordings
26 year-old Alex Niggemann wasn’t always making funky house music, the Berlin-based music producer used to be a classical pianist before he traversed a more technological path.
For his debut album, Alex had one goal in mind,“to create an album which is different to typical club or listening albums…. where songs fit together (even when having different styles) without being too similar“. Alex not only accomplished his goal but also created an album full of sounds that are edgy, sexy, and at times dark yet always funky and fresh. Paranoid Funk is an entertaining “funkoction” made up of seductive club bangers and contemplative tunes fit for a chill evening at your casa. Alex planned it this way; he wanted the album to reflect the social aspect of his music and its twofold function as a dance record and the soundtrack to everyday life. Paranoid Funk is bound to be a summer 2012 hit and a future house classic. 9/10 stars
- Don’t Wait
- The Sweetest Thing (with Daniel Solar)
- Easy Love (with Florian Schirmacher)
- That Is…!?
- Come Into My World
- Parentless Child
- I Don’t Care (Ride Mix)
- Street Therapy
- Back 2 Basics feat. Benji
- Lovers feat. Daniel John Rydell