With an epic Boiler Room set from nascent Australian disco selector, Mall Grab, and a powerful, mesmerising journey from Pedro Aguiar in his September mix, it was going to take the work of a master selector, mixer, and innovator to take the cake for Mix of the Moment this month. Enter Steve Bug; rightly referred to as the “Gentleman of Techno”, Steve is the love-child of the German House and Techno era, whose DJ skills and beat selection, combined with one of the best musical ears in the business, have seen him put on some of the most seminal performances electronic music has seen, cementing his place as a colossus and “ambassador” in the scene. His 2014 Boiler Room set in Berlin is still one of the best Boiler rooms going around.
On the 29th October, Bug returns to LA alongside dance music titans Tiga and Pete Tong for Minimal Effort’s Halloween Party – he has put together this mix, which contains some of his favourite tracks, as a warm up for the evening. Like all good sets, the first track is of the upmost importance – Bug sets the scene with Melian by Jouem, one of those dark, deep, tantric-esque techno-dub songs that steals your focus and prepares you for the storm to come. The rest of the mix doesn’t disappoint – Bug mixes across the house and techno spectrum, with classics like Doorly’s “Piano Weapon”, MCDE’s “Send A Prayer”, and Armando’s “Walk Like A Cat” the most recognisable tunes. The pick of the mix is my eyes is Sanboards’ “Nothing But A Freak”, a delightfully subtle number that is an opus to the name of the mix, and Halloween party, “Minimal Effort.”
This is not a trick, it’s a treat – get around it.
Words by Nick D