Dan Berkson & James What

“Reflections Feat. R. Owens”

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Cat. No.PFR93
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True underground artists from London’s thriving music community, Dan Berkson & James What are more than capable of working a groove! Already well known on the scene for their precise deep tech-house sound and unique live shows, they deliver another first class EP here on Poker Flat. ‘Reflections’ is a typically nonchalant display of the young pair’s talents; tight percussive layers build to reveal a classic groove. As if to cement the track’s foundations in House, legendary vocalist and figurehead for the genre Robert Owens provides a gritty monologue that comes straight from the heart, reminding us all to ‘Keep it Real!’ Just as soon as Owens’ stirring tones disappear, a pulsing bassline infuses the blend with a splash of Acid. Instantly creating a memorable moment, this fantastic meeting of minds will work in so many different situations! The slightly darker subtleties of ‘Onika’ are released in mesmeric phases which again confirm the pair’s arrangement skills. Rich percussive gestures dance around another air tight groove and a ignature riff that deftly balances between funk and paranoia. An ideal tool to deploy when its time to take the party up few notches, or indeed hold it there, teetering on the edge! This is solid, dynamic House Music, clearly designed for the dancefloor, but its lovingly crafted spatial qualities and careful crescendos are the marks of two very devoted musicians.

PFR93 in the media

2000 and one: “Please, please give meeee...... would be crazy to play this, heard it out. steve played it. big fan of james & dan! thanx x dylan”

culturanocturna.com: “De la segunda juventud del que, seguramente, haya sido la mejor voz de la música house, Robert Owens, se benefician ahora artistas mucho más jóvenes que él. Este es el caso de los británicos Dan Berkson y James What, que tras pasar por los catálogos de Crosstown Rebels o Four:Twenty, vuelven al redil del sello que primero apostó por ellos, Poker Flat. En la casa de Steve Bug es donde ve la luz este Reflections, que nos trae dos cortes de house contemporáneo de envoltorio minimal y esencia Chicago. El corte original, donde se hace más patente la garganta de Owens, es un track cargado de groove y con reminiscencias ácidas que nos hace echar la vista atrás hacia los mejores tiempos del género, o mejor dicho, a sus comienzos. House “old school” con pads de hoy y la confirmación de que el género pasa por un buen momento por mucho que peque de nostálgico. “Onika” completa la propuesta por el reverso del plástico con un corte en el que el groove es también protagonista, pero que adolece de algunos clichés minimaleros que lo emparentan con emergentes labels como Area Remote (es lógico ver ciertas similitudes con el “Mumbling Yeah” de Kabale Und Liebe), lo que en sí no es malo, pero que le resta cierto ápice de originalidad. Aún así, hemos de reconocerle el mérito, sobre todo al mito Robert Owens, que además prepara disco en solitario con colaboraciones de auténtico lujo. ¡Estaremos atentos!.”

D'julz (Pokerflat/Paris): “"strong release, both track are good but i think i'll onika the most. good job guys!" ”

DAVE DK (Moodmusic / Dialect): “Like the “Reflection”, great vocals by Mr. Owens! The beat is very Berkson-What style, played it in the club and it rocks! Though somehow the mixdown of the subbass is quite heavy. ”

Debug (GER): “Die nehmen schon mal Anlauf auf die 100 und releasen nur noch Hits. Der hintergründige Track der beiden mit den Vocals von Robert Owens will den Soul herausfordern. Und ich würde sagen das funktioniert. Das ist zwar extremst klassisch in der Art, den Track einfach als Grundlage für die Stimme zu nutzen, aber es ist auch immer wieder gut und auf eigentümliche Weise verwirrend und wer lieber nur Musik haben möchte, für den drehen die beiden auf der Rückseite "Onika" noch mal mächtig an. Housemusik. Ach. Was würde man eigentlich ohne sie vergöttern? http://www.pokerflat-recordings.com bleed••••• ”

Groove Mag (GER): “Zwei Londoner frönen hier ihrer Liebe zum deepem Tech-House und haben dazu niemand geringeren als Robert Owens mit im Gepäck. Owens darf in diesem durch schätzungsweise 130 BPM angetriebenen Intercity von London ins Berliner Epizentrum nur äußerst sparsam dazwischen raunen, was diesem Groove-Monster allerdings keinerlei Abbruch tut. Fesches Flächen-Futter zwischen maximalem Antrieb und filigranem Perkussion-Geschwurbel auch auf der Flipseite. Gut für die Zeit before sunrise, wenn die Tänzer in der Anonymität der Masse ihr letztes Hemd geben. welz”

James Flavour (Dirt Crew): “"finally a record that sounds like the good old pokerflat stuff! great!" ”

Jamie Jones (Crosstown rebels: “Another Solid release from PF. Really like both tracks. But Reflections is my favorite. good work!!”

Jamie Jones (Freak n Chic, Cro: “Love this.. Both sides are really good. But Reflections is my favorite... 8/10 ”

jeff bennett (Pokerflat/kung f: “ "Amazing, this is da shit, full support all the way! Simple n shiny groove!!! 10/10 points" ”

Laurent Garnier (F-Com): “simply brilliant R Owens still has this brilliant voice i love it”

martin landsky (pokerflat): “dj charts #01 ”

Martinez (Galaktika): “nice one, thanks.. i like the b-side, its a hell of a track ;) ”

P.toile (Trenton): “"like onika a lot! 8/10 points" ”

Ralph Lawson (2020 Vision): “"Excellent production and sound, looking forward to spinniung both tracks.." ”

Sian (Pokerflat, Karmarouge): “ dj charts #04 ”

St. Sebastian: “"Well what can I say!!! its Dan and James and Robert Owens ummm Killer old new school vibe going on Seriously deep Seriously sexy Seriously rolling. 8/10 wicked beats" ”

Tobi Neumann (Cocoon): “i like this record.. perfect wintermusic! deep & detroit in einem.. in meinen groove charts.”

Will Saul (Simple Records): “"I love this. Dan is the master of dancefloor arrangement and reflections builds perfectly. Lovely tonal percussion that locks the groove so well. A great release, full support." ”

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