Akire by Aril Brikha
Poker Flat welcomes Aril Brikha. The Swede's 1998 debut 'Groove La Chord' remains a tech house big floor classic and his live-sets have been highly appreciated all the way from DEMF (Detroit Electronic Music Festival) to in-vogue clubs like London's Fabric and Tokyo's Air and Yellow, where he has been playing his take on Detroit-techno with his special spacy soulful and funky flavour. They don't come along very often, but when they do, Aril Brikha releases are guaranteed to get people of eclectic musical affinities all under one groove. After his Kompakt release earlier this year, Brikha joins Poker Flat with a welcome dose of hi-end melodic deep techno soul. 'Akire' is trademark Brikha deepness. It wins quickly with its emotional and dark dirty bass-line grooves with light sample work and atmospheric build-ups. 'Life Like' also follows his unique arrangements - building up softly and tweaking out with strong percussions complemented by subtle kicks and surges, backed up with the synths - making a killer track. 'To Begin' works with its straightforward funky bassline and dry percussion making it a straight-up floor-shaker. Akire is not a simple genre centric house or techno 12', Brikha has dropped eclectic elements of electronic music, creating weaving warm hooks and spacy disco techno, resulting in his well known spacious atmosphere.