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Greece based DJ and producer Savvas aka Savvas Karabinos debts on Piston with this sublime two tracker entitled ‘Cry Away’. Savvas was born in Chicago and found electronic music in the early nineties. Soon after he discovered the art of DJing and was soon playing all around town at the best clubs and open-air parties. His first production was released in 2000 on Klik Records with many more releases following on labels like Ready Mix Records, Itom Records and Kraak Records to name just a few.
‘Cray Away’ intros with wonderfully lush synth pads with a nice chunky kick and crisp hat combination. The bass soon raises its head and offers a truly deep groove which fills out the sound beautifully. Quality deep house keys make a showing alongside some cool vocal samples, the track whittles down to just the keys on the break creating a brilliant vibe in the process before getting right back into this full on deep ride, great stuff.
‘Vice Versa’ sets off with smooth kicks and flowing percussions. A deep and lush chord takes over the sound as a low bass rides along the rhythm. Vocal samples add a cool vibe with perfectly placed synth keys weighing in. Many different instruments show up in this ever evolving sound which makes this a must for any box.
Deep house guru and all round funkster Victor is back at Eyepatch with this wonderful three tracker ‘Ready For Something Nu’. Victor always produces the goods in his work and judging by his last offering ‘Nightlife Unlimited’ we are in for another round of deep fuelled goodness.
The title track ‘Ready For Something Nu’ goes into a full on solid rhythmic flow right from the off. Well tweaked kicks sit over a nice display of percussions and a low end bass, smooth deep house keys weave a smooth pattern as sweet pads work the upper layers. Throughout the track groovy sounds pop up adding to the diversity on offer. Funky, groovy, deep house pleasure and a must for any box.
‘The Deep Goes On’ serves up another slice of Victor’s trademark deep sound. Classic kick and percussion intro leads us into a beautifully layered, lush array of synths that ebb and flow. Silky smooth pads are accompanied by rich keys giving that groovy feeling. The groove is beefed up by a cracking bass that just sits nicely within the sound and on the break the keys are let loose making this a sure fire hit at many parties.
Next we have ‘Tiefklang’ which has a simple kick intro that takes us to a super crispy hat before a sublime swaying pad takes over. This is shored up by a well balanced deep throbbing bass which adds a real sense of depth to the sound. Metallic sounding plucky notes come through and fit well in contrast to the deeper edge on the track. The break unleashes a superb cacophony pads before slamming back into a full on, hypnotic deep house ride, brilliant stuff!
Italian DJ and producer Antonio Citarella debuts on Progrez with this stunning two tracker ‘Pistachios Escape EP’. Antonio became fascinated and attracted by analogue synths and electronic music production after he cut his teeth on the DJ circuit where he was an avid vinyl user before moving into the digital arena. A very talented artist who will no doubt make waves in the years ahead.
First up we have the title track ‘Pistachios Escape’, the intro is an intense affair with huge, deep resonating synths ebbing and flowing alongside a subtle hi hat sequence. Soon a mega low bass morphs into the sound before a thumping kick gets the track into full swing. Sublime swirly synths find their way into the track as the bassline evolves and dishes out a quality deep progressive vibe.
‘Snakes In The Head’ is up next and the intro boasts a cool rhythmic percussion arrangement with a nice chunky kick adding weight. A deep bubbly bass soon takes over as we settle into a solid grooving progressive ride. Darkly sinister and intense synths rise from the depths as the layers build giving the track a hypnotic vibe which is further enhanced with a hauntng vocal, sublime stuff!
MNG037 featured the return of one of our oldest family member, diSapia! Tom Disapia is the man behind one of our all time favourite releases, “They mostly Hunt at Night EP” (MNG008), so the expectations were really high for this one and we couldn’t be more happy with the final results!
Smog City EP is composed by two original tracks: “Smog City” and “Bring it Back”.
“Smog City” have the word DISAPIA written all over. It is a great representation of his incredible work and talent as a producer, a deep, dense atmosphere, a funky vocal and an incredibly detailed work on the groove.
“Bring it Back” is an anthem for all the House music lovers out there. It have a driving bass line, an happy mood and a lovely vocal that will be in your head of a while. At last but not least, we invited Alan Castro to make a remix for “Smog City” and we are delighted with the final results! Incredible work that once again shows the tremendous amount of talent this Argentinian producer have. It’s deep, dense and underground. We love it!
After the end of the Black Catalog we’re back again with another deep journey.
Martusciello aka Federico Martusciello is the man. It starts with Lunatic, deep and frugal with a super dark chord screaming all the time just begging to breathe over the mix.
“Hated For Who I am, Loved For Who I’m Not” is the B-side of this story, way deeper and relaxed, with a lot of chords rolling and swinging aside with the ethnical percussion.
It’s a sweet must have.
Debut appearance on Elemental for Paro Dion featuring Sasha with the beautifully crafted, blissful two tracker ‘Sing The Sound’.
‘Sing The Sound’ intros with a sweet piano melody as a deep pulsating bass comes through alongside a female vocal. Downtempo beats soon follow as the vocal talents of Sasha come into full effect, rich fading pads add to the beautiful atmosphere as you find yourself locked into the chilled out effect, wonderful stuff.
‘When I See The Light’ comes into being with some strangely alien FX accompanied by a steady hi hat, a resonating bass comes in soon after as the layers begin to form. Sasha delivers the vocals brilliantly as a melodic arp sweeps through the track. A much darker affair here with a lot of interesting sequences, time to chill!
German producer Maik Relaunch makes his full debut on BP with the outstanding progressive fuelled ‘Far Away EP’ which comes with five tracks in total. After a slew of top remixes for the likes of Airwave & Phi Phi, Thorin and Sector 7 we are delighted to have this gifted producer enter the Bonzai stable. Relaunch has also been a stalwart in the JOOF camp with top class track and remixes gaining huge support worldwide.
First up we have the title track ‘Far Away’ which intros with a cool rising synth before crashing into a chunky kick and deep bass combo. Percussions slowly come through adding a crisp edge to the deep bass vibe. The track takes on a Psy persona with classic Psy elements peeking through while staying on a progressive course. On the break a stunning melodic sequence adds a stark contrast to the track which will definitely get the attention of many, superb stuff!
Next up we have the might ‘Dream Remote’, right from the off we are locked into a deep progressive vibe as the bass rumbles through accompanied by a cool kick and beautifully crisp percussions. Tension builds through the track with the help of some very cool sweeping synth FX and teasing melodies. As the groove powers on relentlessly it becomes clear that this track will keep you in its grasp for the duration. On the break things take a wonderful turn as uplifting melodies are thrust into the sound which only fortifies the grip already in effect. This is truly a masterpiece in progressive trance and one that will be a firm favourite for many many jocks and clubbers alike, stunning!
‘Air’ takes us deeper into the progressive arena with a strong full on stomper. Very cool deep basses and chunky kicks are accompanied by wispy FX on the intro before the percussions get the rhythms flowing. Very well structured sounds reveal a solid groove which continues to build and forms into a superb slice of prog. Sweet melodies sweep through the break giving a nice contrast to the sound before the track powers right back into that solid progressive groove, brilliant stuff.
‘In The Music’ comes at us in two versions, first up is the Main Version which settles into a powerful progressive vibe from the get go. Tight drums and percussions are arranged beautifully as a throbbing bass binds the track together. Superbly constructed synths weave a melodic pattern throughout as the track takes on a hypnotic edge. The melodies become prominent on the break as they grip the hairs at the back of your neck and send shivers down your spine, amazing. The Prog Version is very much in line with the Main Version but is more focused on the deeper side of the track, we get the same full prog experience as the chunky kicks deliver a solid punch alongside a stunning deep bass. The melodies make a show here also which really sets the track up. A definite must for any DJ box, not to be missed.
Chilean DJ and producer Diego Herrera returns to BB with the superb ‘Middle Earth EP’. His last outing ‘Afterhour’ gained much attention as he delivers a full on deep tech experience. This EP covers two tracks plus a brilliant remix.
The Original Mix of ‘Middle Earth’ gets right into tech grooves from the off with a snappy kick, crisp hat and some deep throbbing basses. Cool rhythms are the result of this arrangement with some raw, almost industrial sounds creeping in. This is evident on the break, sublime organic sounds are merged brilliantly with some vocals that give the track an even darker edge, top notch yet again from Diego.
Buenos Aires based DJ and producer Rodrigo Estevez offers up a wonderful remix on ‘Middle Earth. Rodrigo has begun releasing his own material through labels like Mismatch Music and Power Beat Records since late 2013, definitely one to watch here. The remix gives us a cool 4 x 4 groove with a tight arrangement on the drums and percs which makes for smooth rhythmic vibes. Nice depth on the bass as it powers through the track drawing lots of attention. The original vocals are used well throughout this full on tech workout.
Diego’s next track is ‘Raw Wax’, the intro boasts a sharp hat and muted kick combo with a fantastic arp rising up alongside. Before you know it, after a short break the track explodes with a superb bouncy rhythm which is formed by some expert arrangement. The bass is the big hitter as it bubbles up from below, the bass is complimented by some outstanding construction on the kicks and percussions giving off a nice techno bounce. The track trudges on relentlessly as the groove fully takes control, simply stunning stuff!
Columbian music production duo Nicolas Agudelo and Lonely Sun mark their Green Martian debut with the fantastic two tracker ‘Aurora Storm’. The guys got together in 2013 and they both brought their own skills to the table. Nicolas Agudelo is one of Colombia’s most promising electronic artists, his diverse, elaborate releases are supported by major DJ’s as well as underground DJ’s all around the world. Lonely Sun aka Daniel Cabrera is an emerging producer from Colombia. Daniel’s love for electronic music started very early in his life while listening to 80s and 90s music, he found he was fascinated by the sounds of the synths and percussions that were proposed at the time. So he studied to become a DJ and also studied electronic music production.
‘Aurora Storm’ is up first and intros with a cool snappy kick and crisp hat combination as a stuttering bass note rolls through. A much richer bassline soon enters the fray as the track settles into a smooth progressive groove. Nice little melodies sit underneath the main sound while lush pads rise over the top. As the sound evolves we are treated to a really cool and mellow break until a grainy, old recording typoe vocal appears builds the track up again to that smooth progressive groove. Top notch stuff!
‘Gossip’ delivers a steadily rising progressive vibe as understated kicks and smooth percussions provide the intro. A bubbling bassline sits back and lets cool synths and warm pads take control of the sound. On the break a sweet melodic sequence takes over with the bass along for the ride before we are taken back into the main track with a subtle yet effective build up. Very smooth and epic journey and a must for any box.
Elements Records delivers its second release with a trio of quality producers who offer three top notch tracks.
First up we have Jonatan Ramonda with ‘Break Glasses’. Jonatan is an Argentinean DJ and producer who has a very impressive list of releases across many labels including, Balkan Connection South America, BIT Records Mexico, Mistique Music and Liquid Grooves just to name a few. The track is a beautifully crafted slice of deep house breaks, a big feature are those chunky kicks that stand out so well and perfectly balanced with some crisp hats. Very cool FX sweep back and forth alongside some nice pads. The bassline rounds up the track brilliantly which will draw a lot of attention, great stuff.
Next up is Portuguese producer 2tan with ‘Aokigahara’. 2tan is a self taught producer with a musical career spanning almost 20 years. He spent 10 of those years perfecting his production style and the results can be found on imprints such as, AU Records, Dark Expressions and Mestiza Records. An almost alien FX led intro gets the track moving before a nice subtle kick takes over with an atmospheric pad also coming through. The FX continue throughout and do a great job adding texture to the sound. Percussions ease their way in and take on many forms as the layers build. The bass comes in late on and beefs up the groove, superb stuff out of Portugal, not to be missed.
Lastly we have Portuguese-Finnish DJ and producer Monoritmo aka Miguel Parreira with ‘Magic Voice’. The track intros with solid kicks and a cool melodic arp with subtle percussions and some fantastic sounds easing through. The arp is relentless as it provides the main focus to the sound, it is complimented by some very cool synth work that fades gently in adding nice textures. The bass takes its time to come through and when it does the track is transformed into a beautiful house groove, excellent stuff!
8th installment in the My House Is Your House series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Rogerio Martins, Carlo Caldareri, Joal, Daddy, Ecco, Mylan, Nico P, Onofrio Conte, Jazzman Wax, Iban Montoro, Meenie, Fragoso, Darouge, Hurlee, Sebastien Desay, Alan Castro, Johnny Deep (aka Yonathan Dahan), Swing City, Bruno Ferreira, JR, Fauvrelle, Solartoff, Wonji and H. Membrano.
Martins has steered his label through a dizzying amount of quality releases since 2007 picking up support from the likes of Laurent Garnier and John Aquaviva who have confirmed themselves as fans in the past and this new release is sure to find just as much favour with the top dogs.
‘Gonna Be Mine’ is the one Martins original and is a classical inclined bit of mature house music with sombre piano chords draped over nicely shuffling percussion. Subtle human sounds litter the arrangement and more lively stabs enter the fray in the latter half but essentially this is all about the warm and inviting groove.
Remixing first is Paris man Joss Moog, who has released on Robsoul and has a very uniquely musical approach to everything he does. Here he reworks the track into a bit of authentic old school disco with knotted basslines, plenty of vibrant and jangling percussion and warm chords. It’s a great rework and he also provides an exclusive digital only remix that is even more unhinged, funky and freewheeling.
Next up is young UK house talent James Dexter, who has appeared on plenty of great labels in this, his breakout year, and shows why he is so rated with this remix. It’s a stripped back and dubbed out, firmly rooted bit of house music for the heads with tough beats are and lush chords. Closing out the package is Gourmand Music boss and Chicago House purist, JR From Dallas. His Ghetto mix is suitably quick licked, dirty and sleazy, with plenty of abrasive percussive loops rattling along next to busy drums and various vocal sounds.
For house heads there can be few better labels than this, and Piston’s latest offering might just be its best yet.
Early support from Fish Go Deep (Innervisions, Defected), Miguel Campbell (Hot Creations, Outcross, MAM), UGLH (Witty Tunes, Plastic City, Get Physical Music), Tensnake (Defected, Rush Hour, Get Physical Music), Moodtrap (Tsuba), Joyce Muniz (2020 Vision, Exploited, Snatch!), Claudio Coccoluto, Ekkohaus (2020 Vision, Morris Audio, Cargo Edition, Liebe Detail), GIOM (Ornate Music, Lost My Dog, Phobic), X-Press 2, Kirby (Lost My Dog, Loco Records, Nordic Trax), Matias Zeque (Akbal Music), Jakobin & Domino (Large, Luv Shack), Ricardo Miranda (Rush Hour), Marcus Sur (MBF LTD, Noir, RESOPAL), Mark Knight (Toolroom, Ministry of Sound), Steve Mac, Black Loops (Toy Tonics, Gruvv), Moliner (Depaart, Gimmick Records) and more!
Out 10th February 2014 on vinyl + Digital in 24th February 2014
UK based Cordoba aka Lloyd Trimmer makes his full release debut on BP after a series of well received remixes. ‘Surface’ comes with three top class remixes from Mindgamers and Audio Noir. Lloyd regularly DJ’s at various events across Europe and there will be much more from this guy on the production front no doubt.
The Original Mix intros with cool percussive elements and well honed FX, a nice chunky kick and bass combo punches though early on and we settle into a fine journey through the progressive spectrum. Simple melodic sequences have a huge impact on the sound and rising FX bring in each section with anticipation. On the break the subtle melody has a chance to shine before the edgy progressive nature of the track takes over once more, superb stuff.
Tallinn’s finest, Mindgamers , are up first on remix duty and yet again they prove to be masters of their trade with a wonderful slice of progressive house with a techy edge. The track gets right down to business with a chunky kick and in your face percussions. Vocal snippets are a big feature in the sound and the understated bassline sits perfectly in the arrangement. On the break a transformation takes place as sweetly strings and melodic pianos take over, this gives the track a cool dynamic before the relentless groove poke through once more, super stuff from the guys!
Australian based Audio Noir is a regular fixture within the Bonzai Progressive stable, he has racked up a very impressive amount of original releases and a slew of quality remixes. This time around is no exception as the quality continues to pour out of the land down under. The remix, An Audio Noir Trip, is a perfect example of the talent on offer from this guy. The intro has cool thumping kick and is backed with well constructed percussions, these build a steady rhythm as the track builds. A short break brings in a very cool vocal sample with the bassline coming through and engulfing the sound totally. The main break gives us a brilliant guitar riff alongside sweeping pads with a subtle melodic edge before crashing right back to a driving prog monster.
Audio Noir serves up another remix here with his Audio Noir Zen Mix. Quite simply a wonderful blend of melodies gelled together by some well placed percussive instruments and a bass that bellows from the depths. A pure chill fest and a great accompaniment to this release.
Henrik has been busy in the study polishing up his third studio album ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’. 2013 had seen Henrik release top quality tracks with a few collaborations thrown in with many top remixers also making appearances on his releases. No doubt we will be seeing a lot more from this guy so stay tuned in 2014.
First up we have a pure, full on club groover in the shape of the wonderful ‘Come With Me’. Everything you’d expect from a piano driven house classic is on offer with the Chantola master touch applied. Strong kicks with a rhythmic percussion section and a groovy bassline all support a stunning piano sequence, and to top it all off we get a fantastic diva-esque vocal, awesome stuff not to be missed.
Next up is ‘Deep Inside’, here the sound tends to lean in the funky direction as the bassline and groovy pimptastic guitar will testify. Deep vibes abound as the house chords weave their magic alongside a sultry female vocal. Superb stuff from Henrik yet again, top notch!
‘I Want You’ is a well balanced house groove with its thumpy kicks and crispy percussions giving good rhythm. A very cool bass rips through the track and is further enhanced with some very nifty synth work, the house vibes are ramped up to funky proportions with a great and catchy vocal sample which is coupled with real smooth guitar licks. One hell of a floorfiller on offer and one to watch for sure.
‘It’s Not What You Say’ intros with a beefy kick and some well clipped hats giving that classic house flavour. Stunning vocals come through and are the perfect companion for a mesmerizing synth pad lurking in the background. The track transforms itself throughout, building the layers beautifully and ending up with fine slice of progressive house. Definitely not to be missed this one, get it into those playlists quick!
The title track ‘Lost In Funny Space Games’ is Henrik’s next offering. Smooth subtle kicks and hats sit with some cool FX over the top on the intro. As you can imagine we get an electro inspired flavour in the track, possibly due to the connection with games. What we also get is a very cool acid line that runs throughout the track and is accompanied by some very nifty drum patterns. Quirky little track that will stand up well in any set.
‘Release’ sets off with a thumping kick and a panning synth on the intro, cool reverbed snares make their way through also as the layers build smoothly. A wonderfully inconspicuous bassline has a dramatic effect on the sound as a suave female vocal delivers the goods. Some nice synth chords add a groovy flavour sets the track off beautifully. Great stuff!
Next up we have ‘Sunday Jammin’ which takes the tempo down and turns the funk up. Groovy guitar licks dominate the sound as a funky bassline delivers a cool flowing rhythm along with smooth drum patterns. On the break those funky licks dominate and are matched perfectly to some cool synth notes. In the background a brilliant melodic pad sweeps by, simply amazing yet again from Henrik.
‘Sunrise’ ramps up the pressure as a rolling bassline gets the track flowing right from the off into a full on progressive groove. The level of the kicks and percussions are perfectly matched so the bassline can shine on this, we also get a fantastic vocal that really beefs up the overall sound on the track, brilliant stuff.
The penultimate track ‘The Coolest’ keeps us in the progressive realm with a superb bassline that bounces along effortlessly beside some very cool FX and synth work. Strong and steady rhythms come through as the drum arrangement etches its patterns flawlessly and all the while a great little vocal sample rattles off ‘that was the coolest’, in the background.
Lastly but by no means least we have ‘They Always Come Back For More’. The intro boasts some top notch synth chord work which is complimented by a nice chunky kick and crispy hat combo. Much warmer chords come through as a vocal edges into the sound. The bassline is a main player here as it drives the track forward with fantastic results, top quality as always.
A truly fantastic album from Henrik with many inspiring and diverse sounds within the tracks.
Debut appearance on Piston for Miguel Reis with this deep two tracker ‘Classic Motherfucker Record’ and also comes with a remix from Piston founder Rogerio Martins. Miguel Reis is a new moniker and is the very same artist with a multitude of releases under the alias of Mike Kings who has seen tracks on labels like Nervous Records, Stereo Productions, Kult Records, Session Trax, Fatal Music ,Magna Recordings,and many more.
The Original Mix on ‘Classic Motherfucker Record’ intros with a nice mix of kicks and percs which set up a smooth rhythmic vibe, a deep, rasping vocal comes in with a very cool narrative which blends perfectly with the house beats. The track builds steadily as the vocal becomes a big focus before a truly deep and groovy bassline comes to the fore and injecting a funky flavour to the sound, top stuff.
Rogerio Martins gets into remix mode with his We Just Love The Music Remix. Rogerio has a brand new track being released soon on digital and vinyl, ‘Gonna Be Mine’ is already drawing a lot of interest with top support coming from all quarters which is a testament to the skills he has to offer. The remix takes the track right into the heart of what deep house vibes are all about. Strong, chunky kicks and rhythmic percussions keep the groove moving while a cool low end bass resonates from below. The vocal sits nicely in the track and the synths give off maximum house vibes with great effect, superb stuff.
‘The Revolution’ intros with a cool, chunky 4×4 beat with percussions slowly building before a wonderful melodic sequence takes shape on top of a fantastic bassline which gives the track so much depth. The arrangement is spot on as the sounds blend effortlessly creating a stunning deep house experience. A classic vocal sample is the icing on the cake and will put this track on a lot of playlists no doubt, simply amazing track here and not to be missed!