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Piston Recordings has come a long way and gained the support of top jocks all over the world since its creation in 2007. Now in its fifth year, and with an ever increasing artist roster, the quality continues to flow in style. Coming soon we have a compilation, “Best Of Piston Recordings 2012″ to celebrate a successful year for the Portuguese outfit. The compilation consists of superb deep house and techno cuts from an impressive line-up including, Piek, Brett Lawrence, Accatone, Baltj More, Daniel Karma, Garcy Noise, Oraa, Valeria Croft, Vasco, Lights Electronica, newly signed Dimitry Liss and label founder Rogerio Martins. Piston prides itself on being not just about music but also about building a family of artists creating special bonds that will stand the test of time.
Many of the tracks have featured in playlists from Richie Hawtin, Nick Harris and Michel De Hey to name a few, with Richie Hawtin hammering Piek – Susurros multiple times in one weekend. Tracks have also been featured heavily on download portals and are included in a lot of DJ charts as well. Rogerio has also been busy on the club circuit with a host of label nights gaining popularity across Portugal.
You can expect the very best on this compilation from the deep tech fuelled grooves of Valeria Croft’s “Hippy”, sublime blissed out beats from Vasco with “It’s never Too Late” and the solid deep house rhythm on Accatone’s “Future Us”. Rogerio Martins “I’ll Bring You Home”, Brett Lawrence’s “Remember That Jack” and GarcyNoise feat. Bizzarre DJ’s “Pussycats Howl” adds deep funk while a mixture of deep house and tech rounds up a brilliant year for Piston.
Piston’s artists enjoy much success on the DJ circuit and are also in demand for remixes on various labels and guest mixes on radio stations all over Europe.
The future for Piston is bright with many more projects in the works and with previous releases on vinyl being well received this can only mean more to come.
Best of Eyepatch 2012 comes with twenty-five original and remixes from Ittai Barkai, Victor Maximiliano, Dimitry Liss, Wonji, Aiemo, Accatone, Murat Uncuoglu, Diego Alvez, Daniel Ray, Jimmy Galle, Gr-oy, Jamez & Soulboy, Kentaro Kaji, Active Line Six, Van Czar, RV, Unnamed, Project KF, Davide Marchesiello, Rob McCarthy and Pablo Gael.
Best of Bonzai Basiks 2012 comes with original tracks and remixes by Alvaro Maretti & Michael Sanchez, Miguel Bastida, Active Line Six, Ecco, Eric Kanzler, Oz Romita, Jamez, Sa.Du, Project KF, Dee Brown, Radio Source, Markus Ilgner, Simone Girau, Birkenmeier, Jordan Rivera, Cassandria Daiva, Lucio Grandi, Mr. Dello, The French Connection, Kenny Dahl and Andree Wischnewski.
There it is!! The Very First Full Length Compilation on The LCD Recordings Imprint created by Airwave and John 00 Fleming. This First Volume features the best of the earlier LCD in-house releases, featuring Airwave, VidesAngelini, Nico Parisi, alongside with a bunch of the finest Progressive House and trance tracks by championed artists such as Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Relaunch, Simon Firth, Miika Kuisma, Aladiah, Manu Riga, MSZ. The First but surely not the last in a series of stunning compilations.
Laurent Veronnez aka Airwave aka many many other guises was born in Brussels in 1977, he is a naturally gifted artist and this manifested in him at the age of just 7.
Influenced by the 80’s and 90’s sounds and by greats such as Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Orbital, Oliver Lieb and BT, he honed his skills in music knowledge and technology.
Laurent would then see demos picked up by the infamous Bonzai imprint in 1996 and the stunning Airwave – I want To Believe was released. In 1998 this was picked up by many top DJ’s including Sasha and Oakenfold and later on by an up and coming DJ, Tiesto.
Airwaves sound was and still is prominent in the UK and Dutch trance scene and this has helped a host of today’s top DJ’s be where they are now. His infectious music spread further in 1999 to Germany, Italy and the world and now Airwave is a very popular name on the EDM scene with a huge, loyal fanbase.
Versatility and great skill in the studio led to many collaborations including with his friend Jurgen Leyers with Fire & Ice and E.N.E.R.G.Y., Georges Petkidis on Planisphere and Marnik Braeckevelt with Antidote. The list continues with many other greats including Yves Deruyter, M.I.K.E., Armin Van Buuren, Ferry Tale, Marcus Schulz and John 00 Fleming, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Breaking boundaries and turning his hand to many genres of music Laurent has as many as 500+ productions and remixes under his belt. Laurent then started to develop his DJing and live performances and has played in some big venues, Slinky, Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, The Gallery, 1015, Dopler in Bratislava, and many others back in the day.
In 2000 he embarked on a new wave of performance with gigs all over the world in England, Scotland, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Canada, Netherlands, Spain, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, with totally improvised keyboards while DJing and the Triloset was born and continues to this day.
Fast approaching 20 years in the business, Laurent can never be pigeon-holed to one genre as his impressive list of albums will attest. His first album Believe in 2002 performed very well and this was to do well again in the 2004 album I Want To Believe. Trilogique soon followed and it is now that Laurent’s passion starts to come through in a big way. Released first in 2006 this album contains three parts, bringing the audience three different tastes of electronic music into one single package, Trilogique would go on to be a huge success reaffirming Laurent’s position in EDM. Many more albums followed and each have made their mark on the world.
Time saw him finally running Bonzai Records with his long time partners and friends, and also expanding his knowledge of acoustics in order to develop his career as a producer and as a sound designer among others.
Laurent runs a monthly radio show called Progrez where he showcases a wide range of music, this is followed religiously by his army of fans the world over. Music that is full of emotion, special and unique with expressed feelings, many have claimed it has changed their lives for the better. When there are discussions on greats of EDM the name Airwave/Laurent always crops up.
He has a deep respect among his peers for his beliefs on the industry and he speaks honestly about how he feels and where he sees his musical vision take him.
One of the most gifted artists of our time and with a passion still very strong. Laurent’s works under many of his guises of which Airwave is his most known one.
Parallel Lines is the bundle version of Dark Lines and Bright Lines, both parts of this final concept album, with two surprise bonus tracks.
“Acontece” is the Portuguese word for “It happens”, this track expresses all the things in life we can’t control.
Technically speaking the track is a fusion between jazz and dub/deep techno. From the jazzy double bass slaps and cymbals to the deep floating pads and TR909 drums, this track is a bit of his expression about how he’d like electronic music to be in future. The vocals were sang in Portuguese, Fragoso’s mother language.
Based in Tel Aviv, Hilal is no stranger to the Bonzai stable with releases on Bonzai Progressive, Howz Choonz, Mint & Mustard and a few remixes and appearances on compilations on Bonzai Basiks. “Up In The Air” is Hilal’s full Basiks debut and what we get is a full ride into techno utopia with all the trimmings you’d expect.
The title track kicks us off in style with a minimal intro, classic kick and FX’d percussion lead up to a stomping deep bass and some very nice synth work. On the break a melody is unexpected but creates a cool atmosphere with heavy synths and pads, then it blows up into a solid techno groove once again, superb stuff!
“Let’s Go” is a huge sound, heavy hitting low ends with a myriad of samples, lots of funk on this one with parts giving an industrial feel. The break is a total surprise which will have floors quaking in their dancing shoes, so be ready for that!
Finally we have “When Two Become One”, another minimalistic intro building gradually to a big club friendly vibe. Chunky kicks and sharp percs over an offset bass that twists and morphs with each bar, very surreal synth pad adds an extra layer to this hybrid sound. Special stuff happening here which we think will perform very well on the circuit.
Fresh from the last outing on Bonzai Progressive with “Time-X”, Nancy joins forces with Laurent Verronez and his Velvet Girl guise to bring a stunning slice of prog house-trance to the Green Martian imprint. Both these artists have an impressive back catalogue and it is this experience and professionalism that leads to tracks like this gracing our ears.
“In Between” has a classic progressive flavour from the start, building on this to a fully charged prog monster with house and a bit of trance in mind. Superb hypnotic strings are prominent throughout and a heavy chorded piano stab dominate along with a catchy bassline. Lots of melodies play in and out and this track is in complete harmony.
“Lovin Saint-Germain” is a more housey affair, very disco feel on the intro with the cowbell percussion, this soon leads into that house vibe with a prog groove. Building on we are treated to one awesome musical journey that has everything from funky bass to an almost downtempo feeling, beautiful string and pad arrangements feature heavily with a guitar making an appearance now and again. The break is just wonderful and the build up takes us back into a real feel good vibe that you just want to go on forever and ever.