Germany’s very own taste-maker, trend-setter, mover-shaker-extraordinaire Steve Bug is a multi-faceted artist who refuses to back down from the limelight. A dedicated, energetic and constantly surprising talent, Steve is nothing less than an electronic music ambassador, a much-loved spokesman to the people, and for good reason. His brand new full-length album “Noir” doesn’t deny its roots, but expands the usual spectrum and invites the listener to an exciting listening pleasure.
The title is “Noir”. The cover is dominated by the filmic aesthetics of light and shadow. The title evokes a world of shady transactions and secret crimes. The material for the new album was created over a period of three years, which makes its consistency and coherence all the more amazing. The mood is dark, spooked. Over the relentless beats and basslines ghostly sounds swirl and conspire. Although all the pieces are driven by head-rushing beats, “Noir” is more than ever, a listening album. “If I had worked longer on the album, I probably would have replaced even more of the dance tracks with listening tracks”, says Steve. “I think a lot of albums in dance music are not convincing as albums – more a collection of tracks, than a coherent whole.”
“Noir” is definitely different. Although the film noir concept isn’t carried through completely, it infuses the spirit of the record in a way reminicent of the sci-fi obsession of Jeff Mills or Carl Craig. In fact, “Noir” could soundtrack a 21st Century “Blade Runner” – tracks such as the pre-released single “Those Grooves” and “No Adjustments”, with their evocative spoken word texts, play in to a vision of an apocalyptic-dystopian disco.
Steve Bug Top 10 October 2012:
01. Low Jack – Slow Dance (Get The Curse Music)
02. Steve Bug – Serve Your Mistress (Poker Flat Recordings)
03. Andy Ash – White Leaf (Moodymanc remix) (Fly By Night Music)
04. Professor Inc & MB – Under The Bunker (Phonogramme Records)
05. Sasse – Treat Me (Ems 250 remix) (Moodmusic)
06. Maddslinsky – Compuphonic (Broadwalk Records LTD)
07. Scan 7 – The Resistance (Tresor)
08. Kindimmer – Shadow And Construction (Local Talk)
09. Breach vs Midland – 101 (Naked Naked)
10. Dubspeeka – She Loves (Skeleton)