Running three record labels is impressive. If two of the labels are Poker Flat and Dessous Recordings, it’s downright genius. Produce great tracks that use sparse arrangements to maximize each rhythmic element? OK! If your name is Steve Bug, all of the stated facts are true. But incredible accomplishments aside, what Steve Bug arguably does best is rock a dancefloor. From a deep-house heart, sparse minimal grooves coax feet to shuffle, asses to shake and heads to nod. His musical collaborators along with the artists on his record labels read like a winning hand fit for the man behind Poker Flat—a pair of Jeffs (Samuel & Bennet) and Dahlbäcks (John & Jesper) with Detroit Grand Puhbahs wild. Drop into Smart Bar to witness sonic alchemy as the man from Germany transforms minimal music into a massive dance floor rush. Bug collaborator and Chicagoan Common Factor will also be on hand to lend deck support. (Duke Shin)
September 1 at Smart Bar.