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Steve Bug Talks 15 Years of Poker Flat: "Something With Soul, Rather Timeless"

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Regarding his criteria for handpicking Poker Flat releases, Bug explains: ""I really have to feel the music. It needs to have a great groove and take me on a journey, something with soul, rather timeless than super-hip at the time. Tracks that haven't forgotten about the roots of house and techno but that are still sounding up to date.

"If we can keep on releasing great music, and people are still appreciating what we are doing, we might do it for another 15 years," he assures us.

But if you truly want to get a sense of what defines the Poker Flat sound, lend your ears to Four Jacks, the label's newly released four-part EP series to commemorate its 15th anniversary, featuring brand new tracks and remixed classics from the back catalog.

And before you do, check out what Steve Bug had to say about his personal picks of four essential Poker Flat cuts ahead of his Art Basel Miami Beach week performance at Do Not Sit on the Furniture.

Steve Bug's "Loverboy"

"Released on the Double Action EP, the first ever Poker Flat record. A perfect start for our young label. It got a lot of attention and has been selling many copies over the years, even though we had to change distribution three weeks after the original release date -- it took about three months for the new distribution to set up."

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