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For the last number of years Finnish DJ and producer Chantola has been providing some fine quality cuts in many forms for our labels. He continues this trait with the superb Lionheart EP which is filled awesome progressive beats and lush vibes that will definitely find their way into many sets.
First up we have the title track – Lionheart – which goes straight into a wonderful progressive groove right from the off. Nice and chunky kick drums lead the way alongside a groovy exotic bassline that will have the bootys shakin and the sweat drippin in no time. A tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing as the Latin inspired grooves take hold. Cool vocals and stabby keys add fantastic textures to the sound. A must have track no doubt.
New World takes us deeper into the progressive abyss with a pounding kick drum leading the charge alongside crispy hats and a deep, warm pads. A solid drum section builds up and we find ourselves locked onto the tight rhythmic groove. As the track continues to dig deep into your body the bassline mesmerizes with its lush tones and groovy vibe. A superb slice that will not disappoint.
University Of Life intros with a perfectly tuned kick drum that sends out a real punchy thump. This is joined by cool crispy hats and stuttering percussions that build into a fine flowing rhythm. Stabby keys deliver a true house vibe as a rumbling bassline takes the groove deeper. Top notch stuff that will definitely get the floors rocking.
Portuguese DJ and producer Mario Silva aka Eat Dust delivers his third outing on Piston Recordings with the fantastic two tracker – Robots EP. We last saw Mario back at the start of 2016 with his Invaders EP which followed an appearance on Monog Records’ 5 year celebratory release.
Robots sets out with a real nice thumping kick drum as the percussions fade through building to a solid and steady rhythmic drum section. Cool vocal snippets are introduced but soon make way for a beautifully lush deep house bassline that soon becomes the big focus on the track. Quirky FX fill out the spaces and add cool textures to the sound making this a definite must have track.
Jivin is let loose with a cool pumping kick drum and crispy hat combi. Various other percussions make their way into the sound and we find ourselves moving to the rhythmic force. A playful bassline takes control of the groove as it dances through the sound providing a smooth deep vibe. Cool vocals are scattered throughout giving the track an edge while remaining firmly within the deep house realm. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Alvaro Martins aka Upright returns to Piston with his second outing – Raw Flow. Having made an impact on remix duties for Oli Frances’ Slow Mo and Rob Small & Danny Hartley’s Stubbed, Upright also featured on our Best Of Piston Recordings 2015 compilation before his full debut at the end of 2015 with Bite You At The Altar. Great to see him back with more of his sublime deep and tech house vibes.
Raw Flow intros with a cool percussive fuelled sequence that gets boosted by punchy kick drums and crispy hats. Deep throbbing basses lurk on the low end as synth stabs catch our attention. A short break introduces some very cool vocals before revealing a fantastic warping stab that becomes the main focus of the sound. A superb display of tech house that will definitely turn a few heads.
Move Around sets out with a nice pumping kick drum and a pulsing bass that sits lurking on the low end. Shuffling hats make for a steady rhythmic flow as retro house stabs come through alongside a raspy synth and some cool vocal snippets. The track holds a superb deep house groove that builds and builds until you have no choice but to hit the floor and get dancing.
Innovative Argentine DJ and producer Sebastian Busto debuts on our Green Martian imprint with the superb Temptation which features a wonderful vocal from fellow Buenos Aires native Paula Melicci. The Original Mix sets out with a cool percussion led intro before a nice and solid kick drum joins in. A lush offset bass comes through and gives the track a nice classic feel as those drums continue to build up a steady flowing rhythm. Warm pads float overhead as various one shot synths come in to tease us. The break throws up a real smooth acoustic guitar riff over a fantastic vocal from Paula that drips with charm and sophistication. A stand out track with a stunning vocal you will not want to miss.
A highly regarded figure on the circuit – Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens steps up for remix duty with his Progrezz Remix. With an ever growing fan base Manu Riga continues to ply his trade using only the finest quality sounds in everything he touches. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting one with his first album as Manu Riga scheduled for release this Summer, and we don’t mind telling you that it is a special one. Stay tuned for more from this guy as he never disappoints. Manu beefs up the sound here as his remix takes a direct line to an in your face progressive stomper. Big powerful kicks are flanked by cool percussions that dish out a steady rhythm with a bubbling deep bassline lurking underneath. The vocals get a makeover with added dynamics as that bassline intensifies. On the break the track peters out to leave just swirling pads that soon make way for that stunning vocal from Paula. A monster track from the master, a definite must have no doubt.
Russlan Jaafreh is up next on remix duty and once again he delivers the good in style. Russlan marked his Green Martian debut back at the end of 2015 with Pluto To Mercury, which gained great support, so we drafted him in on the remix for more of his sublime progressive goodness. On the remix Russlan takes us on a smooth tripped out progressive journey filled with a plethora of sounds that blend together effortlessly. A super tight drum section leads the way and is accompanied by a warm bassline that sits perfectly on the low end commanding the groove. Paula’s vocal stands out wonderfully adding cool textures that contrast nicely with the deeper elements of the track. Great stuff that will definitely grab a lot of attention.
Ruslan kicked off 2016 at Bonzai the way he left 2015, by churning out top quality sounds. Perfect Choice comes after his January 2016 slice Crystal Jelly made some headway on the scene. This year is already shaping up to top the last one and the excitement is rising with every track he delivers.
First up we have the lush progressive vibes of Perfect Choice which intros with a cool shuffling hat sequence before a pounding kick drum takes control and steers the track into a solid progressive workout. The bassline provides great depth to the sound and hypnotizes with its warmth and downright grooviness. Sweeping synths and cool FX litter the sound adding wonderful textures while on the break we are treated to a surreal sequence that throws in subtle melodies before we slam right back into full on mode. Superb stuff once more from this guy, not to be missed.
Tech & Soul adds a wonderful techy twist to the progressive sound we know and love from Ruslan. Nice thumpy kick drums and a tight, solid percussion arrangement settle us into a rip fantastic hybrid progressive groove. The bassline is the big hitter here as it weaves out a superb dancey vibe that will grab a hold of your dancing feet and not let go. Crazy sounding synths cascade through the track and add some very cool textures as that bassline dominates. Excellent stuff that will offer something different to any set.
Porto, Portugal based DJ and producer Mi Ke aka Mike Morales debuts on Piston with the absolute monster three tracker 214 EP. Mike is a force to be reckoned with on the house scene as he’s been around for quite some time. He is heavily influenced by Portugal’s infamous underground scene his name began resonating amongst established DJ’s and artists. His debut track – Dream Shattered, premiered on Digweed’s Transitions radio show in 2003 and since then he has continued to churn out top quality vibes. He runs his own label – Ssignature Music and back in 2013 our very own label boss Rogerio Martins featured as remix artist on Fauvrelle’s Turn Me On alongside fellow remixer Mi Ke. Delighted to have this guy on board and we hope to see more from him in the future.
Baby It’s You takes us right into the heart of a deep house groove that will have you completely hooked from just the first few bars. A silky smooth vibe oozes off this track as warm kicks are joined by a super cool percussion section that settles into a solid rhythm for the duration. A mesmerizing synth pluck rides through the sound and becomes an infectious trait in the sound. A wonderfully executed vocal rings out and brings the funk in huge doses with sprinklings of soul. Add in a bassline straight out of the abyss and you’ll find yourself wanting more and more. Brilliant stuff.
These Raw Eyes is a perfectly apt title for this sublime trek into deep house. Right from the off we get locked on to the raw power generated from the sound. The bassline in particular plays a big part and is joined by cool chord stabs to deliver a solid groove that works its way deep into your soul. The drum arrangement builds into a beautifully crafted rhythm that will have bodies swaying as a haunting lead synth weaves through. Cool vocals are scattered throughout adding character to the sound making this a definite must have track in your arsenal.
Close To My Heart is one of those tracks that will quickly fall into the ‘I gotta drop this one tonight’ category. Pounding kick drums and crispy hi hats alongside tight percussions make for a solid rhythmic groove. A subtle yet hugely effective bassline lurks on the low end ready to pounce. The track gives off a retro vibe as cool vocal snippets come through, but it’s the layers of bass that make this one special as well as background organs that tease all the way through. A truly epic slice of deep and groovy house that will most definitely not disappoint.
Angelo Ferreri & Daniele Kama join forces on our next Piston release with this superb two tracker entitled Wasting Time. Italian DJ and producer Daniele Kama returns to Piston after his remix stint on Hermann Dius’ UK Movement back in December 2015. This Rome based producer is highly respected in the world of electronica having gained lots of support from a host of international DJ’s and working with many other fine artists on various record labels. Joining Daniele is Sicilian born DJ and producer Angelo Ferreri who brings a wealth of musical knowledge to the table having been around the electronic music scene for quite some time. From a young age he was attracted to the Techno sound of the 90’s and pretty soon he found himself using an old Playstation to learn about arrangements. He got into DJing after learning from older jocks and soon he got his first gigs in Italy and then in Europe. 2004 saw him start to produce and he quickly gained attention from many labels. He started his own label – Mood Funk Records soon after and he continues to ply us with only the finest quality sounds.
Wasting Time is a sublime trek deep into the bowels of house music, and all done in a laid back funky groove kinda style. The intro boasts a simple hat pattern before a superbly funky bassline warms the track and gives us a push towards the floor. A plethora of cool drums and percussions form up and deliver a smooth rhythmic flow with that bassline at the forefront. Quirky synths litter the sound and blend effortlessly into the drum dominated arrangement. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Gimme Something delivers a solid tech house workout with a nice chunky kick drum leading the way as cool crispy hats and wonderfully snappy snares bring in the rhythm in style. Warped vocals come through and drift away to leave a rumbling bassline that generates a powerful groove. The vocals come in and out with a playful manner and give the track a great character while a brilliantly executed drum arrangement keeps the floors rocking all night long on this one, excellent stuff here that will not disappoint.
Yuriy Kolomiytsev aka Yuriy From Russia has been a constant force at Bonzai Progressive for the last number of years. As well as his own material he has contributed a raft of remixes for a plethora of top artists with critical acclaim coming in from all angles. His current discography is extensive and he shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. Here he presents us with his first studio album entitled Distant Love which features 9 top notch progressive cuts that will most definitely grab a lot attention.
The album opens with the title track Distant Love which sets the scene for a wonderful trek deep into the heart of progressive. A well rounded kick drum leads the way alongside sharp hi hats and a superb synth stab. The track breaks to reveal a deep droning bass that resonates right through the sound to become the dominant force. Those chord stabs work wonders here creating a solid groove with its dancey vibe. The break throws up an unexpected melodic sequence that fits the sound beautifully and culminates in a cool tinkling arp and a wonderful guitar lick. An awesome slice of prog not to be missed.
Glass Bells is up next and intros with a swirling pad and cool percussion pattern before a nice and chunky kick drum comes through alongside an equally chunky bassline that hugs the low end perfectly. As the layers build we get locked on the groove and get lost in a series of melodies that hypnotize the mind. Brilliant stuff.
We move on to the progressive breaks of Keep Your Head Down. A wonderfully crafted cut filled with superb breaks and a myriad of patterns that combine perfectly to keep us hooked. The track builds to a wall of sound filled with intricate melodies and a very cool vocal with a deep droning bass shoring up the low end. From here we head in to Oriental Bazar which offers up a deeper progressive groove as lush basses are met with a tight drum arrangement and an array of Eastern flavours that deliver a complex and hypnotic construction. The perfect fodder for those late night sessions.
Reach Out takes us on a fantastic progressive journey that leaves us wanting more and more. A real smooth groove made up of warm pads and sultry piano riffs. The vocals are superb and give the track a lot of character while the bassline works its way into your body forcing you to move to the groove. Next up is She Is My Sun with its big punchy kick drums and powerful offset bassline. Bright crispy hats and shuffling percussions layer up to form a solid rhythmic groove as swirling pads cascade overhead. Wonderfully crafted melodies find their way through the deeper elements and bring in a surreal vibe to the sound that will captivate the mind. Definitely one for the late night fraternity.
Sunrise Theme is a beautiful slice of progressive house that would not be out of place on an Ibizan terrace on a cool Summers evening. A swaying melodic vibe that will warm your heart and bring a sense of euphoria. Tight drums are met with a playful bassline that dances across the sound effortlessly as we are built up to the break. Here the track reveals its true nature and offers up a beautiful display of rich sounds from smooth pads to gritty guitars. Superb stuff that will not disappoint.
Yuriy offers up a 2016 edit of his 2013 track Do You Feel featuring Ange. Back in 2013 the track pulled in a lot of support and this time around will be no different. A meandering bassline that draws you in is met with a tight drum arrangement and the ultimate smooth groove that will grab you and not let go. The sultry vocal from Ange is stunning and takes the track to the next level. A brilliantly rich sound that will definitely appeal to many.
Rounding of this fantastic album we have the super chilled out vibes of The Heart Of Asia. Strikingly rich strings provide the intro as Eastern flavoured melodies come through alongside hair raising voices. A laidback breaks pattern will get the heads nodding but it’s the musical elements here that shine. An expertly crafted slice for those chill moments and the perfect way to end a wonderful journey that this album took us on.
Belgian DJ and producer Van Czar presents us with his latest album – Ibiza Legacy. Created over the space of 2 summers (2014 and 2015) Ibiza Legacy is the culmination of experiences Van has had in Ibiza and La Manga. Drawing inspiration from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, Van decided to make his music accessible to all. Van’s Ibiza journey has brought him into contact with many styles of music, chillout to house and tech house to techno, it is these sounds coupled with his own experiences that have helped shape the vibe of this superb 13 track album. With his consistent work ethic for only the finest quality sounds we’re sure that these latest works from this talented artists will appeal to many. With so much more to come from this guy we can’t wait to see what he comes up with next, for now though, get this one on your sound system.
The album opens with the sublime Sunset At San Antoni with its deep grooving techno vibe weaving its way through your body making you move to the rhythm. A warming pad mesmerizes as the beats dissipate leaving us with a stunning soundtrack to the setting sun.
The title track – Ibiza Legacy is up next and personifies the tech house sound of club life on the Island. We are met with a super tight drum arrangement that flows effortlessly delivering a cool rhythm while swirling pads fill the background as a grooving bassline keep us moving on the floor. Fantastic stuff that is not to be missed.
Sand On The Heart dishes out a full on slice of tough edged techno beats as a melodic pad swirls over head. We see Van’s attention to drums prevail here, his drums are powerful and really set the track alight with their driving energy. From here we are led into the tech house realm of A Minuit Je Ne Sais Plus Ou Je suis which carries a bit of a bouncy groove with that playful bassline that dances across the sound. Cool drums get the rhythm flowing as chord stabs fade through delivering the house elements in style. Van’s tribal roots can be picked out here and once again we see a fine slice with the drums at the forefront.
Bises Marines intros with a beautifully warm synth coupled with a fading melodic arp and cool voices. As we are mesmerized by the beautiful, swirling pads a fresh drum section emerges complete with chunky kicks, crispy hats and sharp claps. Just the tonic for a late night session on the terrace. Going even later into the night we have Desalmada that delivers a solid, powerful slice of techno that hypnotizes with its darker tones and a brilliant vocal. This one will dominate floors for sure, a must have track.
Next up we have Ebulus that carries a hint of retro in its sound with those ultra cool synths that remain throughout. A tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing as a throbbing bassline works the low end with ease creating a track that will definitely become a go to for many.
Fragans Feminae is a rip roaring trek through tech house with a full on tribal drum arrangement taking centre stage. Chunky kick drums are joined by shuffling hats and intricate drum patterns that form a super tight construction for the floors. On the low end a subtle bass lends a hand as the drums intensify leading up to a wall of sound that will rattle any sound system.
We go deeper into techno with Colaboradora which intros with a superb punchy kick and throbbing bass combo alongside cool percussions and a static hi hat that stands out amongst the lower frequencies. A droning pad emerges and takes us on a surreal journey with its ebbing and flowing sequences leaving us on a high. Excellent stuff.
Brightness In My Balearic Lounge is a wonderful slice of tech house complete with a beautifully crafted synth sequence. A strong tech house beat remains a constant throughout the track as those fantastic layered synths carve out a cool groove making this a definite must have track in your collection.
Ether sets off with a punchy kick drum and a deep pulsating sub bass creating a smooth tech house groove. A round of percussions form up and deliver a cool rhythm as the kicks are joined by an on beat bass that gives the track a raw energy. Van used his own voice on this one for the heavily FX’d vocals that work so well in the sound. A fine display with some very cool FX throughout, excellent stuff.
The penultimate track on this album – Bella Augusta is a pacey affair that intros with a nice and smooth sequence filled with punchy kicks and shuffling percussions. An intense pad fades through and takes us to a short break before we get slammed back into full on techno mode. We’re treated to some superb synths here that give the sound a wonderful texture. The perfect fodder for a late night session.
Rounding up this awesome album we have Isla Bonita with its tougher edge and raw energy that exudes from those powerful kick drums. Cool and crispy hats cut through the deeper elements brilliantly as the pads start to fade through. The pads become the main focus of the sound and is shored up by the solid beats for the duration. Surreal, sublime and in your face techno that will not disappoint.
Turkish DJ and producer duo Volkan Erman and Findike aka Emrah Findik debut on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Deep Connection. Volkan is no stranger to BP as he has appeared on the label under his Quantus guise back towards the end of 2015 with Pass Through Time EP and on remix duty for Nico Parisi’s Raklet at the start of 2016. Findike released his first track back in 2014 on By Ground Digital and since then he has racked up quite a few cuts on various labels. Great to see this duo getting together and we hope to see more from them soon.
Deep Connection opens with a cool punchy kick drum and tribal fuelled drum arrangement that delivers a spritely rhythmic groove. Thick probing basses come though and the track settles into a solid progressive workout. Swirling pads float overhead as the bass ramps up the pressure and the intensity rises. The break throws up a sublime melodic sequence that mesmerizes the mind before we get slammed right back into full on mode for the duration. Superb stuff you do not want to miss.
Copper Mind goes right into a full on progressive groove from the off as big chunky kicks dish out a powerful punch alongside shuffling hats and a super cool bass. Over the top we are treated to lots of interesting sounds that blend together beautifully creating a sublime progressive experience. A myriad of melodies interrupt the solid prog groove in short bursts, enough to keep our attention locked on. Top notch grooves for the late night floors here, a must have track no doubt.
Irish DJ and producer Cerillo makes a welcome return to Piston with the pumping tech house fuelled Ill Behaviour. Hailing out of the Ireland’s capital this guy has seen his music grace the sets of top jocks all over the world as well as appearing on top labels. His last outing for Piston came back in May 2015 with Make You Shake and since then he has shown up on various compilations over at Bonzai Progressive before getting a run-out on Pistons The Secrets Of The Trade 4.
Ill Behaviour intros with a tamed kick drum and cool raspy hi hats that build up a nice and smooth rhythm. The kick drums are let loose with a pounding powerful punch that will definitely shake the woofers into submission. Percussions start to layer up and we soon find ourselves hooked on the shuffling groove on display. The track takes on a distinct drum inspired arrangement with much of the bass coming off those stomping kicks. An underlying sub rumbles on the low end to great effect. An superb slice that will rock any venue no doubt.
French producer P.A.M.O. debuts on Piston Recordings with Somewhere. P.A.M.O. first showed up back in the Summer of 2014 with The Lost Thing on Eyepatch Recordings before landing appearances on a few Bonzai Progressive compilations. We’re delighted to have him here at Piston and we hope to see more soon.
Somewhere opens with a fresh round of bright crispy percussions alongside a cool vocal before a pounding kick drum takes over. A classic vibe descends over the sound to great effect that will definitely get booty’s shakin their way to the floors. Warm house chords fill the sound and deliver a distinct New York flavour with a smooth deep vibe. A superb slice of pumping deep house that will not disappoint.
Believe intros with a powerful punchy kick drum which is soon joined by a collection of rhythmic percussions. A wonderful chunky bass comes through and totally dominates the sound with its infectious groove. Cool keys play out in the background as an instantly recognisable vocal comes in to grab your attention. Nice and tight drum patterns will keep the dancing feet shuffling as cool strings are introduces alongside a mesmerizing organ. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Dyron aka Lucas Bika returns to Green Martian in fine style with this superb three tracker entitled Together EP. His last outing was way back in May 2015 with Beyond Horizon which gained great support from many quarters and we’ve no doubt this sublime take on progressive house vibes will follow suit.
The title track – Together, intros with a bustling flair of beats and percussions that set up a steady rhythmic flow that gets the body moving. Cool house chord stabs sit on the offbeat and give the track a wonderful textured layer. A deep pulsing, throbbing bass gives the sound a smooth groove that will definitely keep the floors filled. The big hitter here are those stunning vocals that project beautifully through the sound. The vocals deliver a solid character to the track that will appeal to many for sure, a must have.
Feeling sets out with a pumping kick drum and sharp hi hat combi as various percussions begin to form up bringing a cool rhythm. A beautifully warm synth bass come through and suddenly you find yourself locked into a vibe that makes you wish the summer was here already. A wonderful cascading melodic arp fills the track delivering a spritely upbeat kinda groove that hooks you in for the duration. The perfect track to get you in the mood on a warm sun-kissed beach or terrace.
Dream Of You intros with a dark pad and sharp bright snares alongside crispy hats and a punchy kick drum. A warm melodic arp flows through the track and is soon joined by a superb probing bass that drives the track brilliantly. A raspy vocal comes though and makes way for a stunning, fresh vocal that provides an uplifting quality. The music and the vocals are the perfect match making this a perfect track for those late night sets.
Jon ManimaL & Magros aka MetrONomes continue their run of top quality cuts on Progrez with this superb three tracker entitled Aeriko. The guys have proved consistent with their brand of deep techno and progressive over the years. Their last outing here was back in October 2015 with Spectreman EP which gained great support from all over. Always great to see these guys deliver the goods and no doubt we’ll be seeing and hearing much more in the future.
Aeriko intros with a deep and powerful sub bass that resonates right through the track. Big chunky kicks soon follow and are joined by bright, crispy hats and shuffling percussions that blend beautifully to form a solid, tight drum arrangement. The bass continues to dominate and is joined by other gritty, pulsing basses giving the track wonderful textures. A simply superb slice with expertly crafted intricate patterns that will definitely keep the deeper, darker techno floors alight.
So Be sets out with a nice and deep vibe that dishes out a solid techno groove filled with swirling sounds and a dominating, sinister deep bass. Tight drums do the business with a nice chunky kick leading the way as sharp hats and various other percussions stamp out a strong rhythmic flow. Dark voices lurk in the lower end of the track and fit perfectly into the sound with a menacing tone. Top notch stuff from metrONomes that will be a welcome addition in any set.
iSCREAM intros with a monster kickdrum and an equally monstrous bass that will send shivers through your body. An air of intensity and anticipation slowly builds throughout the track keeping you locked on for the duration. More darker elements are exposed as the layers build before a fantastic spoken vocal comes though on the break. A tough and relentless slice of techno here and a definite must have track.
Aexfly aka Russian DJ and producer Alex Pronikov debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb two tracker Frozen Heart. Based in Moscow, young producer Aexfly released his first track – Across Universe – on Electronic Tree in September 2015. Focusing in on progressive house and tech house, this guy is fast becoming a much renowned name on the scene. No doubt we will be seeing much more from him in the future.
Frozen Heart gets off to a lively start with spritely percussions forming a solid rhythm as a punchy kick drum leads the way. A cool deep bass tone fades through as the layers continue to build and before you know it we’re locked in to the powerful progressive vibes on offer. The track goes deeper and deeper with a growling bassline opening the doors. A big focus remains on the drum elements but on the break a sinister edge comes through with a superb harsh synth at the forefront. Top notch stuff from Aexfly on his debut, one to watch for sure.
Rising Sun opens with cool and crispy shuffling hats and scattered percussions that form effortlessly into a smooth rhythmic flow. A nice and chunky kick drum makes a showing and we soon find our feet stomping the floor. A cool, meandering bassline lurks on the low end as those tight drums keep the track on point. On the higher end we are led into a wonderfully cosmic sounding vibe as swirling pads and high pitched strings do their thing. On the break a fantastic synth takes over taking the track deeper before those pounding kick drums are let loose once more. An excellent display of deep progressive grooves that will satisfy any late night cravings.