There comes a time at Liveschool when we have to take your name off the “Ones To Watch” list and add it to the list of bona-fide break out Liveschool artists. For Steve Robinson that time has arrived. We’ve had a close eye on his output since came through Liveschool, and in the last 12 months Steve has stepped his game up to the next level.
If the name Steve Robinson is familiar to our readers, it might be because he won the Beatport Global Producer Challenge prize for Deep House for his tune Anywhere, which in addition to winning some cool prizes saw his name blasted far and wide across the Beatport social media base. Anywhere was house organ 101, showing that theres still life in the humble organ stab when paired with updated sound design and an undeniable bass line groove.
He’s followed up his win with a new EP on Phil Weeks imprint Robsoul Recordings. The lead track off the EP “Bug Jazz” has found strong support and hit the charts and so far has climbed to 4th place on the Top House Releases chart (chasing towards Disclosure), and at position 14 on their main chart that covers all genres.
But the real story here is the the music. The new EP takes what we heard on Anywhere and refines every element to create a well rounded dance floor focused EP. The standout of course is Bug Jazz with a thumping kick and a filtered bass tone that dispenses with Steve’s usual funk in favour of rolling freight train tech momentum.
The track in question is from his debut 4-track EP Bug Jazz
The rest of the EP heads back towards a more groove led approach, with funked up synth bass, big open hats and massive helpings of vintage inspired synth work. Tight drum production complimented by winding hand percussion keep things moving
Overall, Bug Jazz is a confident EP that will find its way onto USB sticks the world over and pop up in mixes for years to come. We can’t wait to see where Steve takes us next, whether he’s doubling down on his house influences or pushing more into techno territory, chances are it’s going to make bodies move. Keep your eyes on our guy in the next 18 months!
So, if you’re a fan of House music in all its varieties, make sure you’re following Steve Robinson – a newcomer who’s already smashing charts.
And if you want more fresh house and techno, check our playlist of alumni releases – we have 3 playlists spanning those genres and more playlists besides.