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The legendary Rick Wade makes a welcome return to Piston with his ‘Zombie RP’ which comes backed up with a superb remix. Rick’s last outing ‘Night Flyer’ saw much support from all quarters and no doubt we will be seeing a lot more support with this latest offering.
We kick off with the Original Mix of the title track ‘Zombie RP’ which gets us moving with classic kick and hat intro. A fantastic big double bass soon takes over the sound as the grooves begin to shuffle along. A nice and warm piano finds its way in alongside a subtle stab and wispy FX. Superb stuff from Mr Wade and an absolute must for those late night groovy floors.
The head honcho at Piston, Rogerio Martins, lends his skills at the mixing desk with his Rotting Deep Remix of ‘Zombie RP’. Rogerio recently released his own ‘Gonna Be Mine’ on vinyl which is proving to be an increasingly popular choice of media in these days of technology. Here Rogerio gets things moving with a chunky kick and a superb array of hats and cymbals that give off a classy vibe. The bassline dominates the track beautifully as the main hook appears and takes us up to the break where deep chords being to rise before slamming us back into the groove, not to be missed!
‘Mighty’ is up next with a chunky intro filled with phat kicks and a cool percussion arrangement. Sweeping synths set the mood brilliantly and make way for a pulsating bassline that just rolls along the groove superbly. As the track evolves layers continue to build and result in a full flowing deep and funky house vibe. We get a few respites in the short breaks that occur before we are flung back into this relentless groove. Fantastic stuff and a track that will be a main feature in many sets for sure.
German DJ and producer Jonny Calypso makes his solo debut on Bonzai Progressive with the amazing two tracker ‘Definition’. Jonny first headed our way on his collaboration with Dafar late in 2013 with ‘Spirit’.
First up we have the title track ‘Definition’ which intros with a lovely phat kick and crisp hat combo. A deep and burly bass comes on the scene and will be a contender to punish bass bins all over as it pulsates through the sound. This tough groove powers on mercilessly before a short respite on the break where the percussion takes over and a fading vocal sample is introduced then its right back into this solid deep progressive workout.
‘San Zhi’ is up next and we are eased into the track with a smooth kick led intro and a soothing pad in the rear. Sharp edged hats are a perfect contrast and provide a cool dynamic. A sub level bass is matched brilliantly with pads and give off a solid feel to the sound. As the track progresses a gritty and very powerful synth line is introduced which gives the track a cool edgy vibe. Truly deep and dark progressive house which be a gift in any box.
Yaroslav Lenzyak is back with this wonderful two tracker entitled ‘Utz’. His last outing ‘Jupiter’ saw rave reviews from all quarters and was featured on Bonzai’s latest vinyl venture ‘Eyepatched Volume 4′.
First up we have the epic ‘Utz’ which gets going with a bass fuelled intro to get the juices flowing. The intro will have you hooked in no time as it hypnotizes you with that pulsing bass. Nice and chunky kicks soon get moving and are joined by smooth percussions which build a rhythm beautifully. Surreal deep house keys seem to morph out of nowhere and bring with them a groovy riff that will have those feet shuffling along to the groove. A truly epic ride through the deeper side of house and one that will bring a lot of pleasure.
Next we have ‘Last Night’, full bodied, phat kicks provide the intro with a nice and subtle hat sitting back and creating a smooth rhythm. A lush synth note stands out and as the track progresses it transforms the sound superbly. The huge deep bass packs a massive punch here and is the power in the track as it pulses through. The track evolves with expert precision as those synths make subtle changes to alter the grooves keeping a nice flowing dynamic in the sound. Superb stuff!
Sounds R Us Recordings continues to deliver stunning quality in their output and now we see the momentum keep up with another round of fantastic cuts in Muzika Volume 6! Four slices of the best techno on offer from four of the hottest artists on offer. SRUR regulars Moll, D.Z.N, Onofrio Conte and Kendrick rip it up one more time so buckle up for a monster ride!
We kick off with Moll’s ‘My Rhythm’ which intros with a crisp hat coupled with sharp claps creating a cool rhythm, this takes us up to a super phat and chunky kick with a deep rooted bass which pushes the sound to new heights. Very minimal in nature with multiple sounds peeking through, but the big focus here will no doubt be the deep and seedy vocal as it narrates a cool story on the break. An absolute must this one and will fill the floors for sure!
Onofrio Conte is up next with his track ‘Numbness’. Big chunky kicks get the track going with the percussions getting the rhythm flowing beautifully. The bass bubbles up from below and resonates throughout the sound with the tendency to get that ass moving. A monster techno groove with subtle synth work that will be a must for those big room gigs, not to be missed.
D.Z.N. deliver the stunning ‘Moving On’, here the temperature is firmly rising as the groove intensifies with a full on techno workout. The percussion is a big feature here as it sits high above the other sounds and moves the track beautifully. A nice big and bubbly bass packs a powerful punch and is the driving force of the sound no doubt. Soon a monster synth riff will take over taking the track even higher as the energy levels rise. The floors will be alight with this one so get it in your box!
Lastly we have Kendrick with ‘Yeah’. Right from the off the rhythms are in full flow as the percussions combine smoothly alongside a punchy kick. Cool vocal samples add a groovy edge to the track and before long a super smooth, deep bass pulls the track along. The percussions are relentless and create a hypnotic atmosphere which carries right the way through. A brilliant cocktail of sounds that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Daddy aka Koen Mertens turns up on our Green Martian imprint after some fine releases on Bonzai Progressive and Eyepatch. Here he delivers the outstanding ‘Memories Are Forever’ which comes with an awesome remix from Davide Catania.
First up we have the Original Mix, which after giving it a few listens will have the nostalgia flowing through your system on overdrive. The intro boasts a cool punchy kick with classic percussions building up a nice flowing vibe. A deep and resonating bass enters the fray on the offbeat and all around many wonderful sounds paint a complex picture. An intensity builds in the sound which culminates in a smooth melodic groove. This groove somehow takes you back to the great days of progressive while keeping a firm root in the here and now. The break is a stunning display of simplicity as a cool hook takes hold with warm pads ebbing and flowing in the background. Look out for some fantastic vocal manipulation and classic samples.
Based in Denmark, Davide returns to Green Martian for remix duty and what a fantastic job he does. We last saw Davide here with his ‘Desert Sky’ which certainly raised a few eyebrows as expected. The remix intros with a superb kick and hat combo with percussions building nicely giving off a cool bouncy vibe. The bass soon takes over and injects a dose of energy that really beefs up the sound no end. Excellent use of the vocal sample and coupled with rising pads give a nice melodic flavour. The break ushers in a classy guitar riff before a nice big synth takes us right back into the track for the remainder of this kick ass cut. Definitely not to be missed!
Hady Tarek launched his DJ career in 2002, when he began arranging his favourite tunes in mix sessions that became very popular among his friends and extended social networks. Due to the popularity of his mixes, he started hosting small parties, where he was enthusiastically received for his track selection skills. After a year of continuous gigs and club nights, he took his mixes to Nile FM, the biggest radio station in Egypt with FM, satellite and online broadcasts. His first appearance in 2004 brought his music to a wider audience and marked the beginning of a regular guest appearance on the station. Many more radioshow spots followed along with an impressive release count across many labels. Here he debuts with his two tracker, ‘Night Shift’.
Kicking us off into a full on progressive stomper we have ‘Night Shift’. Big and burly kicks are accompanied by a tight percussion arrangement as a sweeping synth stabs through. A fantastic arp provides a rhythmic backdrop as a truly deep rooted bass shores up the rear. The break brings the arp to the fore as it modulates against that synth stab and squealing string before slamming back into the main groove, a definite keeper!
‘Robo Ride’ gets the levels rising with a big phat kick and percussion combo including some skilfully placed drums. A sharp stabbing synth is a big feature and leads into a monstrously deep bassline that will have any bass bin quaking. A relentless groove ensues before the break offers up a cool melodic sequence which contrasts well with that deep bass. A hell of a ride into the deeper side of prog and a must for any box.
Spanish DJ and producer Mianyo debuts on Piston with an irresistible two tracker entitled ‘Beat Club EP’.
A relative newcomer to the scene Mianyo has seen releases on labels like Musex Industries and Azari Records. His tracks have been remixed by Oraa and Peter Ryan and he has turned his own hand to remixing other artists also.
First up we have ‘Beat Repeat’ which intros with a classic punchy kick and crispy percussion combo, this arrangement dishes out a nice flowing rhythm and takes us up to a smooth deep house synth that morphs at every turn. A cool and warm bass keeps this groove surging forward and the addition of a very cool vocal adds a fresh twist. The break boasts the vocal alongside some squeaky FX which works so well and leads back into the main sound for a cool and groovy ride through deep house, awesome stuff.
‘Txuribeltz Club’ gets the juices flowing with a smooth percussion driven intro which leads up to a nice thudding kick that will get that ass shaking in no time. A fantastic swirling synth chord comes through and just oozes house flavours. A super laidback groovy bass takes over and gets the track into full on house mode. On the break subtle chords filter through before a superb female vocal from Adriana Lucia dominates the sound alongside bassy shots. The track builds back up into full swing and will no doubt keep the floors alive. A tribute to the popular Txuribeltz Club which attracts many of Pistons artists and championed by the likes of Oraa and Piek.
A sublime and smooth slice that is not to be missed.
German veteran DJ Martin Merkel returns to Basiks with the thunderous ‘Scarabee’. His last outing ‘Abyss’ performed very well indeed with support coming from many quarters and Martin’s other releases on various labels also draw much attention.
First up is the Blue Edit of ‘Scarabee’ which intros with a huge kick and deep growling sub bass that lurks below. Tough edged percussions are the perfect companion as this track delves right into a techno fuelled ride. Powerful driving rhythms ensue as a very cool synth riff comes into play and arps through the sound. Quite minimal in nature this track will be a nemesis to many bass bins as that monster bass bursts out, definitely one to watch.
The Red Edit of ‘Scarabee’ has all the hallmarks of a monster tune as the bass pounds its way through your body and is joined by a punchy kick and tight percussion arrangement. Focusing much more on the darker side of techno with a sinister intent the track will be the main feature in many sets for sure. The relentless grooves are broken only by a short break before slamming right back into it for the duration, not to be missed.
‘Clockworks’ intros with a massive bass and a superb kick combination as cool percussions begin to form and add a smooth rhythmic vibe. A solid groove is metered out some very cool minimal synth work eases in, but the big hitter is the bass which will no doubt have the bassheads at full attention. The break delivers a classy array of techno fuelled synth and FX which reaches a white noise climax before thundering back into this tough edged techno grinder.