Dead Man's Hand


This is the sixth compilation from the world-renowned and continually expanding Poker Flat imprint. Just like the notorious dead man's hand in a high stakes all-nighter, this double CD release is full of carefully-judged mind games and more than a few winning surprises. Compared to previous Poker Flat albums, Dead Man's Hand takes a deeper route, reflecting the label's latest developments. The first half of the compilation is dealt out in traditional style by none other than label head and DJ and producer Steve Bug. Key cuts include the disco versatility of Bug and Clé's "Behind The Curtains," and the mischievous bass assault of Martin Landsky's "Man High." There are also some standout remixes from rising stars, like new blood Redshape's deep techno interpretation of Simon Flower, and the emphatic Sebo K remix of Martin Landsky's biggest track of the year. Every track is a true gem, with inclusions from previous Poker Flat releases, to future hits surfacing on the label soon, to specially-produced material, exclusive to the compilation. CD2 contains a fantastic mix presented by one-half of the critically-acclaimed Märtini Brös, Clé. The German DJ and producer, who also collaborates with Steve Bug, has chosen 13 more Poker Flat past and future classics for the mix. An insistent and techy display of his mixing and track selection skills, the mix includes Raudive's "Needles," remixed by Steve Bug, which blends into an exclusive new funk stomper by Guido Schneider and Florian Schirmacher. Later, one of several tracks produced exclusively for this compilation, Ryo Murakami introduces a real late night element to the proceedings, which is followed by a double hit of Märtini Brös, taken from Poker Flat 90. Further highlights include London duo Dan Berkson & James What, with a spoken eulogy from house legend Robert Owens, and more seamless cuts from Clé himself, working alone and alongside Bug and Mike Vamp. With the introduction of each new track, the mix evolves, providing more insight into Poker Flat's recent activities and talents. Dead Man's Hand sums up perfectly the ethos of the label -- to produce genre-defining electronic music that works perfectly whether inside the head or on the dancefloor. Other artists include: Jeff Samuel, Matthias Heilbronn, Maik Loewen and Aril Brikha.