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Monotronik debuts on Piston with a fine example of tech house sounds in Divergence. Monotronik are Portuguese DJ and producer duo Freddy Lourenzo and D’Joseph Alves. The pair DJ regularly all over the place and are known for their tight, groovy sets. They’ve put out several top quality cuts recently on Underground Source Records and Sync Forward, moving between tech house and deep house. Delighted to have the guys on board and no doubt we’ll be seeing more of this talented duo.
Divergence intros with a warm synth chord pattern that is soon joined by a pumping kick drum and shuffling hi hats. Wailing vocals add a touch of diva to the sound before distant mumblings take over and rise up adding a cool textured layer. A deep and powerful bassline rules the low end delivering a solid tech house workout. Proper tech vibes for the floors, this one is sure to get any party rocking.
Atlas sets off with a punchy kick and sharp offset percussion which is accompanied by crispy hi hats creating a steady rhythmic flow. Cool synth chords come through and are paired with equally cool FX that add a little spice to the groove. On the low end a rumbling bassline is in full control, dominating the groove and getting those booty’s shakin’. Plenty of layered sounds fill up the spectrum resulting in a solid tech groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Prolific Belgian artist Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens delivers his stunning new debut album Surrounded, and after a while in the making we can say that this has been well worth the wait. 12 beautifully rich and deeply intimate tracks will lift you up and carry you along on a rollercoaster of emotions, as the title suggests you’ll be surrounded by a mixture of dark and beautiful moments, leaving you with plenty to think about. From First Steps through to Immortal Sins and Urge To Live, to the wonderfully chilled Forgotten, all the bases are covered in this one. On top of that, and exclusive to the album, Adriaan has created a deft transitional mix of tracks which includes special edits of tracks from the album that will both inspire and move. We spoke to Adriaan briefly regarding the album and we got the impression of just how much of himself he has put in. The last year was a tough one to say the least, but he battled through and produced the goods as he always does, and he also managed to churn out multiple remixes along the way. It’s with great pleasure that we present this album to you and we have no doubt you will find it to be an expertly crafted and emotionally charged piece of work.
The album intros with the exquisite First Steps which takes us on a surreal journey through a deeper curve in the Manu Riga sound. Swirling pads swell up against a backdrop of soft percussions as a strong voice comes through. A wonderfully deep droning bass fills the low end while an array of melodies float overhead. You get a sense of taking your first steps in life as the groove envelops your soul taking you deeper. A track that flourishes with expectations invoking deep thoughts, top notch.
Moments Of Sobriety is up next and tells the story of being on autopilot in life, having a sudden awareness, a realisation making you think of life around you and the important things. The track opens with a cool punchy kick and is surrounded by layering percussions that form into a solid rhythmic sequence. A wonderful sequence follows as a Turkish Oud plays out its rich melodic sound to the backdrop of some cool sweeps and FX. A fantastic bassline sits perched on the low end and moves effortlessly through this sea of melodies, driving the track forward. The break is a beautifully constructed kaleidoscope of sound which is joined by some stunning hair raising vocals that deliver a haunting groove.
Migrations represents a cycle of change in the Manu Riga journey as he took the huge step in moving countries which in itself can be quite a daunting experience. It also highlights milestones in his life which remain personal to him. The track opens with a nice punchy kick drum as various percussions start to creep in. A deep and probing bassline rears its head and creates a nice warm groove for the track to build on. Darker elements begin to show as the layers build and we soon find ourselves totally hooked on the sound. Wonderfully lush pads contrast brilliantly against sharper pads that mesmerize throughout. On the break we get drawn into a beautiful melodic sequence that would seem to have come straight out of a movie score complete with a stunning poem recited in sultry tones before we’re blasted right back into full on mode. Simply outstanding.
Indigenous Rights is up next and is a depiction of the destruction of a culture and a celebration of cultural aspects that remain strong through dedication and determination. The track intros with a nice chunky kicks and rhythmic hat alongside a fading in bass pulse. We get a glimpse of some beautiful melody from the superb vocal snippets and swirling pads and strings that mesmerize throughout. The pulsing bass is soon joined by a much grittier but very subtle wub wub bass that works perfectly within the track. The track takes a short break to prepare for one of the stars of the show, those stunning vocals which carry Vietnamese origins. As the title suggests we get treated to some of the most beautiful chants that takes us up to the main break where a powerful poetic vocal rings out and sends shivers down your spine.
The title track is up next and represents all that the album and its creator stands for, the feeling of being Surrounded in a world of unknowns, enveloped by darkness with the walls closing in and the impending anxiety that follows. The track is a dark affair with a morbid undertone that comes through brilliantly in the sound. Chunky kick drums and sparse percussions make way for the bass to rule the show here with its probing tentacles weaving into every crevice of the groove. Throughout the track a superb vocal from Mimi rings out as she narrates the story of the darkness. On the break though is where the track goes deeper with those stunning strings and pads telling their own story. Another superb cut from Manu Riga that will appeal to many no doubt.
Immortal Sins is up next and was written by Adriaan to reference the past and the sins against the tribes of the world. This track is a way of trying to repair the sins of our ancestors and with such an epic feeling to it we’re sure that this one will create the space in your mind to consider all that has gone before us and how we can make things better. The intro boasts a solid kick drum that is soon joined by shuffling hats and a teasing arps that lie in wait ready to pounce. Beautifully crafted pads and strings float overhead creating a mesmerizing sequence while a deep probing bassline works its way into the groove. On the break the tribal elements come through with stunning chants against a backdrop of tight drums and ethnic instruments. Excellent stuff once more, not to be missed.
Cry To Oblivion is a cry for help, it’s a crying out in pain, a scream. Feeling powerless and helpless Adriaan sat down and brought together his old Manu Riga style against the new Manu Riga style with a hope to create something new. The track has a dark flowing progressive groove made up of tight beats and ethnically charged instruments topped off with distant voices and bright piano keys. The break blends all these elements beautifully taking us deeper into the sound. The short vocal was provided by Irish DJ and Bonzai’s music reviewer and copy writer Brian Doran. After a long friendship Adriaan wanted him to be a part of his album and so he asked for the vocal. This vocal depicts the change in style for Manu Riga, a new dawn which is evident throughout the track. Another must have cut for the late night progressive sessions.
Urge To Live was written when Adriaan became sick, portraying fear and uncertainty. The intro is filled with a sense of dark, of hopelessness. Chunky kicks are backed with a raw hypnotic sound that is joined soon after by a deep punchy bassline that dominates the low end. Melancholic piano chords come through and takes us deeper while beautiful strings fleet across the sound. As the track evolves we see a light at the end of the tunnel. On the break we see sweeter melodies introduced along with a captivating vocal bringing a sense of hope, an urge to live that culminates in an epic fight for survival style composition. A simply wonderful piece of music that will give listeners a chance to reflect and get lost in the essence of the sound.
Next up we have I Don’t Need You which is a superb slice of progressive house that will sit perfectly in any set. It’s a track about realising one day that you don’t need someone after years of believing that they’re all you had, something personal to Adriaan once again in which he was able to translate into music. The track is solid, it carries a strong groove that will make you move and open your eyes at the same time. The intro is made up of a probing bass and scattered percussions that come together to form a tight rhythm alongside a nice punchy kick drum. Cool melodies rise up in an intricate arp form and are consistent throughout the track. The main break is dominated by that superb bass as it pulsates and transforms before melting away and then coming back with a bang as the track goes back into full on mode. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Get Me Down is the new Manu style, he is reconnecting to his roots in house music to bring a more clubby vibe to his sound. The track is big and brash and will definitely compete on the floors with its solid groove and superb vocals. Big punchy kick drums are at the forefront with crispy hats on the offset alongside a tight drum arrangement. The bass warps brilliantly and is the perfect accompaniment for that vocal. The break reveals some expert LFO manipulation on the synths creating a harsh, raw sounding element in the groove. One to watch out for here, this one will not disappoint.
The penultimate track, When The Day Is Gone, was a painful track for Adriaan to get through. He was going through different emotions, a sense of when the day is gone it’s gone and to try and enjoy everything while you can. The track does a great job of getting right into emotions, not least with the outstanding vocal and the heavy piano chords. The drum arrangement makes for a smooth rhythmic flow while the vocal and the piano create wonderful textures and colours. The break is a melancholic affair with a sweet melody against the harsher vocal before crashing back into the main track for the duration. A definite must have track, not to be missed.
To round off this simply outstanding album we have Forgotten featuring Fe Malefiz. This one is special, not only a special mix – Last Day On Earth Mix – but a special message from Manu Riga to the world. You are invited to listen, listen to the poem for yourself and take your message from within. The track is a beautiful cinematic chillout piece that creates magical colours and allows you to lose yourself in the beauty of the music. Just listen, because nobody wants to be forgotten.
DJ and producer Kush debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the wonderful two tracker entitled Substance Abuse. Kush was interested and passionate about music since his early childhood. He started to learn the basics of music using a keyboard at the age of 5. Growing up, he discovered the possibility of making music using computers and grabbed the opportunity to develop his skills and talents to produce electronic music. He was also part of a local rock band as a keyboardist. He is into many different genres of music, Techno, Tech-House, Minimal, Deep House, Jazz, Rock and Metal, to name a few. His electronic music inspirations and selections are rooted from groovy beats, heavy bass lines, emotive chords, dark synths, percussive, melodic and old school soundscapes. The perfect recipe for some tasty tracks no doubt, great to have him on board at Bonzai Progressive.
Substance Abuse intros with a superb punchy kick drum that pounds out a solid beat and is joined soon after by a deep reverberating bassline that delivers a deep warm groove. Various pads swirl overhead as one synths create a patchwork of colours that blend together beautifully. The main synth reveals a cool melody that mesmerizes all the throughout the track as we get lost in its hypnotic groove. A proper slice of progressive house that will definitely get any crowd moving.
Drive sets off with a wonderful punchy kick drum and crispy hat combi as tech house fuelled sounds fade up from the depths. A playful bassline enters the fray and brings a powerfully deep groove that digs deep into your soul. Percussive layers build up and we are soon locked in a superb rhythmic groove that will force you to move. A collection of synths and FX create a beautifully textured sound complete with vocals that are scattered throughout. You get a hint of progressive in the sound that adds great depth and tones making this a pretty cool hybrid track that will slot in nicely in any set.
Based in Bucharest, Alex Bogdan aka Amon debuts on Piston Recordings with a very nice two tracker entitles Red Lights. Self styled as someone who just wants to play good music, we think he’s a hugely talented artist and we’re delighted to have him on board.
Red Lights intros with a smooth groovy vibe that will surely get booty’s shakin on the floors. A collection of cool synths and keys come through and pave the way for trip deep into house music. The bassline delivers a warm and fuzzy feeling on the low end and is met with a sprinkling of cool stabs to generate a solid, dancey groove complete with quirky vocals that give the track character. Top notch stuff and a definite must have track no doubt.
Everyday sets off with a muted kick drum alongside shuffling hats and sharp claps. The kick soon get filled up with a punch that gets the track moving nicely. Tight drums form up which are headed up with some nifty conga work creating a cool flowing rhythmic vibe. A deep probing bassline sets off a smooth groove throughout the track as cool vocals pop up all around. Nice and bright stabs deliver a slice of upbeat house music while the track remains firmly in the deeper domain. One for the serious groovers here.
Milano based DJ and producer Steven Voorn aka Stefano+Bombelli, debuts on Piston with a superb retro inspired two track tech house cut entitled Bring You. He’s been around the house scene for quite a while churning out quality vibes, he was mentioned in both DJ Mag and Vicious magazine as a must watch emerging talent. His tracks have appeared on a raft of quality labels including Blu Fin, FootMusicRecords, Roush, Twisted Fusion, Beat It Music and Fish Rec to name just a few. Over the years he has played at top venues alongside top jocks from around the world. Delighted to have him on board at Piston.
Bring You opens with a powerful kick drum and a bright crispy hat combi that gets your feet shuffling to the bouncy rhythm. A classic vocal rips through the sound and introduces a low end sub bass that will rattle any speaker to its core. The drums here are the big draw, tightly arranged to create a wonderful rhythm to dance along to. Cool synth stabs come through alongside high strings and bring a smooth house style to the sound while the FX and vocal keep the track firmly rooted in the tech arena. Backspins and retro beats a plenty here, a must have track for sure.
It’s House sets off with a pacey kick drum and hi hat combi alongside some tight snare rolls and various percussions. A deep monster bass rattles the subs from the low end and will force any party to get their groove on. We’re treated to some perfectly placed vocals from yesteryear that add a cool nostalgia to the sound along with retro styled stabs that are sure to get the hands in the air. Proper dancefloor fodder here that will definitely get any party into full swing.
Bonzai Basiks stalwart and prolific techno DJ and producer Van Czar is back once again with more beats and bass for our listening pleasure. 100-1 will no doubt prove once more just how talented this guy really is. He never lets up, besides churning out quality vibes for Basiks, he regularly shows up on various other labels including the mighty KMS. He also now heads up his own label – CZ – which is fast becoming a go to label for deep underground grooves. He still runs the monthly Bonzai Basik Beats Spain radio show and headlines many club nights in Madrid and beyond. Fresh off the back of his first album Ibiza Legacy and not long after his mega remix pack of Orlando Voorn classics, it’s always a delight to have this guys stuff land in the inbox and no doubt we’ll be seeing plenty more in the future.
100-1 Old School Techno intros with a solid kick drum that packs a huge punch and is paired with crispy offset hats that build up a nice rhythmic flow. A deep throbbing low end bass shudders the walls as it delivers a superb deep groove. Techno themed synths fade in and hypnotize as they increase the intensity and energy. The track delivers the essence of old school techno in abundance making it a definite floor filler and a must have track for any jock.
Czech DJ and producer Andre Lesu steps up to the mixing desk and delivers a solid remix. Co-owner of Soul Fly Music Records and Unaffected Records, Andre has been around for quite a while delivering his banging beats to the masses. He has graced many top labels over the years and no doubt he will continue for many more years to come. The remix intros with a very cool live sounding kick drum and bright crispy hat combi as a noisy riser takes us up to the bass drop. The bass pulses as the synths fade in and we are soon locked on to the mesmerizing groove. On the break we are faced with a myriad of synths that combine beautifully to build a wall of sound before crashing out and back into this solid stomping techno groover.
Making his debut Green Martian appearance with the sublime Butterfly EP, we have Russian producer Eugene Becker aka Eugene Dolzhenko delivering the goods and doing it in style. With an impressive release list already on various labels including Pleasure Records, DigiCom, Incepto, Nueva and OLD SQL Recordings we know we’re in for a real treat. Great to have this gifted artist on board, and we hope to see much more in the future.
Butterfly open with a fresh percussion arrangement that gathers pace as the layers are added. A cool steady rhythm forms up before warm, lush pads break through and wash the sound in a kaleidoscope of colour. A powerful deep and probing bassline punches through the sound to dominate and set the track firmly into a wonderfully rich progressive groove. The break throws up some sweet melodic phrases alongside a distant breaks arrangement before we get slammed right back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch stuff indeed, a must have.
Perfect Storm delivers a deep and trancey vibe with its dark tones and swirling melodic pads and synths. Beautifully crafted arps are scattered throughout creating wonderful textures in the sound. The synths are perfectly balanced in this one with various patterns forming up and opening wide to bring that sublime trance vibe. On the break we are treated to a melancholic sequence that fades out to reveal more of those fantastic synths that will surely keep the floors rocking. A superb trance cut that will provide the perfect fodder for any building set.
After the success of the hugely impressive New Impressions EP, which featured a host of remixes from top remixers, Russian based DJ and producer Anton Vishniakov aka Rise and Fall returns to Bonzai Progressive with the superb Genetic. As always this guy produces the goods and does it in style. Genetic also features two top notch remixes that deliver a wonderful insight into the worlds of progressive and techno.
The Original Mix intros with a solid beat that packs a nice thumping kick drum alongside crispy hi hats and cool FX. A sub rattling bass lurks on the low end and is accompanied by various other bass patterns creating a top notch groove. The super tight arrangement is made up of an array of drums that give off a techno vibe while the deep grooving basses lock us into a progressive streak. A dancefloor burner no doubt, not to be missed.
Fresh off the back of his full Bonzai Progressive debut, Stan Kolev steps up for remix duties and does not disappoint. After several appearances on various Bonzai compilations, Stan recently debuted with his Forsaken EP which continues to gather support from all quarters. Here on the remix he pulls out all the stops and takes us down a progressive path laced with techno flavours. A solid punchy kick drum leads the charge and is joined by a deep probing bass that finds its way deep into your core. Tight drums set up a cool steady rhythm as superb synth chords and stabs keep the sound moving. Excellent stuff here that will be a welcome addition in any set for sure.
Koschk debuts on Bonzai Progressive with a superb remix that takes us deep into the techno sound right from the off. A myriad of percussion greets us on the intro giving off a tribalistic vibe that hypnotizes. A muted kick comes through and we find ourselves wanting the low end to burst out, and soon enough we get our wish as the bass filters in and the kicks get a punchy boost. This ramps up the groove brilliantly and we are soon locked in to the deep groove for the duration. As this epic track progresses a fantastic synth pad fades up to deliver a surreal mix of sounds. On the break the synth is the master taking us on a trippy vibe full of colourful textures. Outstanding is an understatement here, this one is a definite must have that will slot perfectly into any peak time set.
Traveltech aka Hungarian DJ and producer Balint Bendeguz Bakos debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the impressive Eiffel Tower. He has been a music lover since childhood and in 1999 he started to create his own sounds using the latest software. Soon after he started to DJ in various clubs using only vinyl as his medium which resulted in a better connection to music in general. His first releases came between 2005 and 2007 before putting music on hold for a period of time so he could settle in a new home. In 2012 he was back with renewed purpose and a desire to have his work released on vinyl. Today he boasts a hugely impressive back catalogue with releases on the labels such as Dash Deep Records, System Recordings and Debuger to name just a few. Great to have him on board and we hope to see more from this guy in the future.
Eiffel Tower intros with a sombre sounding deep groove that is made up of big chunky kicks and a rumbling low end bass. Various FX create cool textures in the sound as bright crispy hats come through to get the rhythm moving. A hypnotic synth note hooks you in to the sound as rich melodic pads rise to the surface. The break unleashes a myriad of colourful sounds resulting in a trippy experience that continues for the duration. A perfect blend of tech meeting progressive here that is most definitely not to be missed.
Journey gets into a solid deep progressive groove right from the off as chunky kick drums deliver a solid thump alongside cool stuttering percussions. A deep droning bassline moves menacingly through the track taking us lower into the abyss while cosmic synths float across the spectrum. A subtle, raw melody begins to flourish in the sound and we soon find ourselves swept away by the ubiquitous groove. On the break we are treated to some very cool sequences that play on the simple synths and that shuddering bassline making this one for the late night sessions.
Adrian Romero and Mariano Chiappe aka Southern Groove return to Piston with the fantastic two tracker entitled Bodyjacker. We last saw the guys back in the Summer of 2015 with their debut cut Yes You Do which gained great support from across the board. Their dedication to combining various styles and bringing their different influences to the table always results top notch quality sounds. Good to see them back and hope to see much more in the future.
Bodyjack intros with a cool shuffling hat and percussion sequence that is soon joined by a punchy kick drum. Catchy vocal snippets ring through the sound as the bassline comes through bringing a dirty vibe along for the ride. Warm keys add a lushness to the sound as a contrasting high string fades out. The track will no doubt force you to jack your body as the infectious rhythmic groove takes hold. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
You Took My Love intros with a familiar vocal one shot over a chunky kick drum and bright percussion arrangement. Groovy keys come through as the vocals build up while a deep and funky bassline gets the booty’s shakin’. A beautifully arranged drum section delivers a frisky rhythm that moves through the sound effortlessly as the bassline slots in. This one will get the party rocking for sure, a must have.
DJ and producer Bjerk Peterson returns to Piston after a bit of a hiatus with the superb Diggin’ Deep EP. It was way back in 2013 when we last saw Bjerk over here when he appeared on Piek’s Txuribeltz EP with Nasty. Since then he has racked up an impressive list of cuts on various labels. Great to have him back and we hope to see much more in the future.
Diggin’ Deep opens with a punchy kick drum and a sub rattling bass that pounds out a solid groove to get the floors moving. Sharp claps and shuffling hats deliver a steady rhythmic flow as cool keys come through alongside an array of FX and a cacophony voices. The groove takes on a surreal vibe as various other elements are introduced while the bassline transforms into a more playful, more funky groove. Superb stuff to have in your playlist, no doubt.
Bonanza intros with fresh thumping kick drum and a mixture of shuffling hi hats and sharp, crispy hi hats that generate a cool flowing rhythm. A proper tech house groove ensues complete with deep probing basses and a myriad of FX and synths that create some very cool textures in the sound. A super tight drum and percussion arrangement ensures the groove remains committed to the booty shakers on the floors. Surreal trumpets and swirling pads make for a trippy ride on this one, not to be missed.
New Yorker Corey Biggs is doing the rounds on various labels under the Bonzai umbrella. This time out his Rockstar alias delivers the superb The White Hole which comes with three top notch remixes. Previously Corey showed up on our Progrez imprint, back at the end of 2015 he gave us the superb Nature Never Sleeps before appearing on our Club Traxx Dark & Deep 3 compilation at the turn of this year. He also stepped up for remix duties on A.R.E.S featuring Anna Julia – Sparks Will Fly on Bonzai Progressive in early 2016 and no doubt he’ll be popping up somewhere else soon. His approach to music and techno in general is refreshing and it’s always a pleasure to get his stuff in the inbox.
On the Original Mix we get planted right into a smooth deep house groove that sounds super fresh with an array of percussions setting up a flowing rhythm alongside a swaying pad. A funky ass bassline comes in that you know will set the booty’s shakin towards the floor while nice chunky kicks deliver an energized 4×4 beat. A wonderfully constructed slice of house that you will not want to miss.
L.A based DJ and producer Javi Xavier debuts on Eyepatch with his remix. This prominent figure in L.A delivers unique sets with a blend of house, techno and progressive. His creativity and passion for music drove him to create Dual Life Records which aims to deliver top quality sounds. On the remix here Javier takes us down the tech house route with a superb arrangement destined to fill floors everywhere. Punchy kick drums provide the intro and are joined by crispy hats and a fantastic dancing bassline that probes playfully through the groove. Generated noise sweeps create some very cool textures that blend flawlessly into the bassy groove. Quirky synths and cool FX deliver a wide, colourful patterns to the sound making this a definite must have tech house cut for any set.
Longtime DJ and producer Nikos Akrivos debuts on Eyepatch with a fantastic remix. Since 2005 this guy has been rocking out venues and producing some outstanding music. His work has appeared on many labels including Hontas, Music Is The Drug and Professional Rockstars Records to name just a few. On the remix Nikos delivers a solid deep house cut that will definitely turn a few heads with its expert construction and sound quality. Big punchy kicks sit at the forefront of the track while shuffling hats and percussions form up. A bright, simple note laden with echoed FX hypnotizes and leads us up to the deep rooted bassline that solidifies the deep house groove. On the break rich chord pads take the sound even deeper giving the imagination lots to play with. Superb stuff not to be missed.
Paul2Paul aka Paul Losev rounds off this superb pack with a superb remix on his Eyepatch debut. DJ and producer Paul has played all over Europe alongside top jocks including Tiesto and Markus Shulz. He regularly appears in many charts and his music has been released on many top labels throughout the years. Here he takes the original and puts his own unique and much revered twist on the sound. The intros boasts a well rounded kick drum with accompanying crispy hats and sharp claps. A rich pad swells up and already we are locked into the sound. A funky, groovy bassline sits perfectly perched on the low end while deep chords play out. An excellent slice of deepness that will be a must for any late night set.
Italian DJ and producer duo Checco Esse and Adriano Dodici make their Progrez debut with the wonderful Nineteen Experience EP. Both these guys bring a wealth of experience to the table and we’ve no doubt that this reflects dynamically in their productions. Great to see them on board and we hope to see more soon.
Nineteen Experience intros with a muted kick and echoed percussion as a strange bubbling synth rises up from the depths. A pounding kick drum comes in alongside a superb bassline taking control of the groove. Shuffling percussions deliver a steady rhythm as the bass and accompanying synth intensify the sound with a trippy sequence that rises up to a top notch tech house climax. On the break we get blasted by some scathing synths, suddenly everything drops to reveal a beautiful melodic pad and voice combi before the bass and synths rise once more. Excellent stuff that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Tip Trip is a wonderful trek into techno that is squarely aimed at the floors with its hypnotic groove that dominates the sound. Punchy kicks and bright crispy hats are met with a deep and probing bassline that digs its way right into your core and forces you to move. Cool rising synth arps sit in the background and create an intense vibe. The track breaks to reveal a very cool spoken vocal as those arps linger alongside melodic pads before slamming us right back into full on mode for the duration. A definite must have track that will destroy any dancefloor.
Flute On Flute sets out with a tight tribal percussion arrangement that is soon joined by a chunky kick drum that leaves a nice low end trail taking us into 4×4 groove. The track oozes tech house with a sprinkling of techno as an acid laced sound comes through. A deep bassline provides a solid platform for the groove to take shape. As the layers build a surreal flute sequence emerges which takes us to the break where the flutes take full control. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Australia’s Audio Noir heads up our next In The Mix – Progressive Sessions with 2 fantastic studio mixes to whet the progressive appetite. The mysterious Audio Noir has racked up quite an impressive back catalogue on our flagship label Bonzai Progressive over the last few years. His latest slice – Progressive Tales 2 is yet another example of his musical acumen and diverse style. He always delivers the goods in original and remix formats and he is not afraid to get close to the edge when it comes to trying new things. A solid artist who has so much to give, we will definitely be seeing much more from him in the future. Part 1 of this 2 part journey takes us on a surreal trek though his musical tastes in seamless fashion. From dark beginnings filled with swirling melodies, chunky beats and haunting vocals to full on driving progressive grooves, we are treated to a superb line-up of tracks and remixes from artists such as Tru Thoughts, Moonbeam, AudioStorm, Sound Quelle, Dofamine, Manu Riga, Alex Vidal, Ewan Rill, Phi Phi & Roddy, Yuriy From Russia, Ben Coda, Forerunners and Audio Noir himself. Part 2 takes us deeper into the progressive abyss with mind bending sounds and smooth melodies on top of infectious grooves that dig deep into your soul. A super tight mix, this one stays the course with some powerful tracks and remixes from the likes of Ruslan Vashkevich, Rise and Fall, Dark Soul Project & Mathov, Nico Parisi, Prelude, Luciano Delgado, Diyo, Tommi Oskari, Manu Riga, Euphoric Traveller, Sylvering, AK/DK and Airwave. Get yourself lost in the mix and experience progressive house like never before.
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UK based producer duo Dean Chapple & James Daniels aka Daniel Morris debut on Piston with the superb 2 tracker Look Into My Eyes. The guys met several years ago while working at a high street clothing store in what they’ve both described as a “random meet”, they’ve been friends ever since. Dean started to write his own music around 2007 having started to play around with basic production software, learning as he went through trial and error. He was responsible for getting Daniel interested in music and after releasing a couple of tracks they started to take this music thing much more seriously, and after a trip to Ibiza their minds were made up. Starting off with a tech sound, they soon realised that they wanted to make music that they liked, so they went underground. Now after a raft of releases on several top labels, these guys are riding the crest of a wave with their sound. Delighted to have them on board at Piston and we hope to see more soon.
Look Into My Eyes intros with a cool kick and hat combi with various percussions delivering a steady rhythm. The kicks are beefed up and are joined by a superb bassline that rolls through the sound creating a dancey tech house groove. Metallic chord stabs come through create some excellent textures while a diva-esque vocal adds an extra layer of spice. Top notch grooves for any floor, a must have.
Different Walks sets out with a nice chunky kick drum that delivers a pounding thump and will rattle any sub woofer into submission. On the percussion front a collection of bright crispy hats and rides set up a solid rhythmic flow to the sound. The bassline rolls along on the low end with a deep bouncy groove and is joined by some fantastic layered pads. Cool vocals are scattered throughout and add colour to the sound as that bassline dominates the groove. Superb stuff once more, not to be missed.