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And another year comes to an end… 2013 was a great one for Piston Recordings.
hile keeping up with our promise to provide a stable platform for young and talented artists like Dimitry Liss, Yusuke Yamamoto, JR, Limyth, Carlo Caldareri, In2Deep, Hurlee and more, we also released music from more experienced talent like Rick Wade, Fauvrelle, Piek, Hector Couto, Pawas, Shades Of Gray, J.Cub, and JR From Dallas & Lurob.
On top we started out a new compilation series “The Secrets Of The Trade” where we released very special music from several artists like Detroit Swindle, DJ Sneak, Mark Farina, Kerri Chandler, Joss Moog, Jordan Peak, Alex Agore, Derrick Carter, Tigerskin, Pablo Bolivar, DJ W!ld, Moodymanc, Hector Moralez, Giom, Dave Dubbz, Garcynoise and more!
On the other hand we also listened to many DJ’s spinning our tunes. Peeps like Phil Weeks, Jamie Jones, Jay Lumen, Detroit Swindle, Barem, Filthy Rich, Lahaus where all spotted playing our tracks! Now it’s time to celebrate, welcome a new year and hope it will be at least as good as 2013 was to us all! HAPPY NEW YEAR
The Best Of SRUR 2013 comes with original tracks and remixes by Victor Vera, Ozan Kanik, D-Formation, AngelLopez, Oz Romita, Lyle Quach, Re Dupre, Rod B., Angelo Fracalanza, Gabriel Ben, Ed Whitty, Chrono Ascaloon, M.R.T.N, Onofrio Conte, Analog Effect, Jay Junior, Andy Slate, Ozgur Uzar, CLN83, Steve Mulder, Tom Hades, Alessan Main, Kevh Ripple.
Joining forces for the first time we have two of the finest producers on the circuit with a multitude of quality releases between them. Airwave and Jimmy Galle deliver a stunning slice of prog with “Karaba” which comes with their own plus two additional top notch remixes. Laurent is currently working his way around many collabs with quite amazing results while Jimmy is his usual busy self churning out awesome music on a regular basis. Both guys come to the desk armed with a wealth of experience which they have pumped into this epic release, expect to get blown away by the sheer quality within the sound on this release.
Airwave’s mix intros with a cool percussion led sequence that builds up to a solid progressive groove with a tribal element. Laurent’s distinct atmospheric vibes shine through as a myriad of sounds blend in perfect harmony. The break takes us into a world of melodic guitar plucks with superb pads rising through the background. The track kicks back in style and continues on a purely progressive rhythmic journey, wonderful stuff yet again from a master of his craft.
Jimmy’s mix takes on a much more house orientated vibe with a strong progressive slant. The track gets moving with a chunky kick as percussions ease their way into the grooves. Deep basses take this track more towards the house side of the tracks alongside a tribal tinged vocal. Flowing rhythms are quickly established and as we approach the break the tracks signature guitars come through. Very well crafted track which would go down well in any set.
DJ and producer Crocy delivers a fine slice of prog house with his usual tight arrangements. Nice and steady flowing rhythms emanate from cool kicks and superb percussions giving off a groovy house vibe. Bright melodic plucks add contrast to the deep bass and on the break subtle synth stabs peek through before easing back into this fine house joint, superb stuff!
Alexey Samotarev is up next with a sublime prog house cut. Alexey’s last release “Odyssey” gained a lot of support through our Progrez imprint and he sure knows how to deliver the goods. Here he attacks the remix with a focus on the guitar sounds from the original. A super tight drum section with very cool percussive elements sit over a swirling pad as the guitar licks echo throughout the sound, big house grooves abound on this and a sure fire hit in many sets.
Koen Mertens aka Daddy makes an appearance on BP with “Accelerator” which comes backed up with a superb remix. Koen’s last release on Eyepatch was well received and no doubt this release will see support from all over.
The Original Mix gets us moving straight into a tech fuelled progressive groove as the intro blasts out some fine chunky kicks and tech styled percussions. A simple vocal sample adds cool textures to the sound before a deep synth riff starts to build. The bassline sets the track on fire as it churns out hypnotic rhythms. The bassline continues through the break transforming many times alongside some amazing FX work before coming right back into a full on monster tune!
Tribal Warriors is busy as always and yet again we see a side of M.I.K.E. where he gets right into the nitty gritty realm of tech on his remix. The track intros with a vocal sample and minimal percussion, out of nowhere a stunning kick blasts through as the rhythms begin to form through some tight percussions before breaking down into a fantastic French-kiss-esque bassline. The bassline relentlessly powers on drawing you in to its hypnotic rhythm while rising pads sweep through. Superbly worked track that will be a feature in many sets for sure, one to watch!
Italian born DJ and producer Carlo Caldareri debuts on Piston with a superb three track EP entitled “Do It Again”. Since he was young he always cultivated a passion for music, he spent the first years of his career looking into different genres of music. Soon he focused in on house music and his DJ sets began to take on house and deep house grooves. Carlo has worked with top artists and his tracks have appeared on many labels including Digital Traffik, Microtech Records and Mono Recordings to name just a few.
“Do It Again” sets off with a cool percussion led intro with the chunky kicks soon following. A strong bassline sets the tune alight as we delve into the depths of house. On the break an urban theme develops with sirens and street ambience before sliding back into the groove with a funky bass and some fantastic vocal samples, superb stuff!
“Too Much Yeah” provides a solid intro with a nice thumping kick and percussion combi. Very cool flowing rhythms are built upon and the bassline comes in brilliantly with a deep grooving vibe. Great use of FX fill up the spectrum and vocal samples bring the funk as they fade through. This is a non-stop relentless ride through the groovier, funkier side of deep house and we love it!
“Got This Feeling” goes right into full on party mode with a classic styled kick and hat intro that builds into a solid, steady rhythm. Deep resonating basses creep up and well worked vocal samples add character with a classic vocal sample thrown in for the retro fans. Tight production here with huge club appeal, and one that will be a feature in many sets.
Debut release on Basiks for Spanish DJ and producer Vincente Moll aka Moll with his three tracker “Tech-On”. Vincente has released tracks across various labels such as “Losing Control” on Bronzai Records, “Entertainment” on Cibicaldi Records, “O.M.G. on Tiamat Records and “Deepfferent” on Click Muzic Recordings. Tech house is very much his focus and this makes for exciting times ahead.
“Tech-On” takes no prisoners as it enters straight into full on tech mode with a cool chunky kick and synth stab combi which is backed up with low end bass. A fresh vocal sample soon takes over the track adding to the already funky rhythms. The track powers through relentlessly with the odd mini break to recharge the batteries before getting right back to a superb tech groove, a top track with huge dancefloor appeal and will no doubt gain a lot of support.
“Restart” intros with crispy hats and very cool percussive effects, a subtle yet effective kick comes through accompanied by a deep bass and vocal sample with cool scratching. The track gets into full swing with the bass and kicks becoming more prominent. The break boasts some well crafted FX as the bass takes a back seat before slamming back into a full on tech stomper complete with a very recognisable and much loved retro vocal shot, top stuff.
Finishing up this superb release we have “Mystery”. Tight drums and percs get the grooves flowing right from the off before a wonderful deep bass bursts through. A brilliant spoken vocal sits well in the sound while the main focus edges toward a techno fuelled stab. The track embarks on a merciless jaunt through the techno spectrum which makes this a must for any set.
Davide returns to Green Martian after his last outing “Distant Dream” on Mars Attacks with this wonderfully lush four tracker entitled “Desert Sky”. Based in Aalborg, Denmark, DJ and producer Davide has seen releases on labels like Bonzai Progressive, Green Martian, Cold Breath and Incepto Bundles. His work includes collabs with VitoDito and Silver J where he churns out his own brand of progressive vibes.
First up we have “Desert Sky” which intros with a very cool kick and perc combi that steadily builds smooth rhythms. A fantastic deep house styled synth wallows through the sound and is soon joined by some melodic keys and a deep resonating bass. The vocal sample blends into the groove perfectly rounding off in a true deep house joint, top stuff.
“Burning Sand” takes us into a more progressive house groove with a wonderful gritty, raw bass that gives off a contrasting vibe to the cool melodic synth arps and warm pads. The break brings more melodies with sweet pianos before that gritty synth bites back and fuses perfectly into beautifully crafted slice of house music.
“Fresh Breeze” ups the tempo with a stunning funky riff that dominates the sound. This is contrasted with a big dirty bass and cool piano melodies. Smooth rhythmic sequences are formed out a tight drum and percussion arrangement. On the break warm and lush pads rise and fall alongside a beautiful melody before crashing back into a full on dirty house groove!
“Autumn Chill” intros with light kicks and superb melodic arps with a distant vocal sample coming out of the background. The track breaks into an uplifting synth riff that just oozes with melodies that would melt glaciers before settling into a steady, flowing rhythm. The main break takes things a step further with more of the sweetest melodies. This track will keep the warmth flowing as we enter the winter months, top class!
Luis Bravo is the artist behind Yin EP and, once again, what a wunderfull job he made here! Three tracks are making the package: The “Original mix”, the “Original 6am Mix” and the “ELEME3NT Mix”.
“Yin” is the other part of our already released “Yang EP” from Luis, so you will find some similar approach here: An outstanding groove and a chord that goes on and on making the mood. The Original 6am mix is a more “darker” version of the main mix.
At last but not least, we invited our artist ELEM3NT to make his magic with a remix for “Yin” and what an hell of a work he made! A lot of influence of Detroit techno, a very powerfull groove but with the subtile chords, so characteristic from the original mix! Well done ELEME3NT!
Back from his last release on BP with “Reborn” alongside Manu Riga, Nico Parisi delivers “Caress” which comes with no less than five fantastic remixes. Nico has been very busy lately with his own productions and a stack of remixes, he also has a hectic DJ schedule with many gigs across Belgium. Recently he featured in the launch of a new concept night “INSANE” which is a product of DJunkee and Bonzai progressive. He will also feature at this year’s Bonzai Retro event in November with the crème de la crème of Belgian DJ’s.
The Original mix is a strong, solid slice of progressive house vibes. Snappy kicks and a subtle melodic sequence provide the intro with rising pads soon coming through. Percussions slowly build and form into a cool flowing rhythm while an early and intense build up leads us into a full on prog monster. Offbeat bass drives the track forward with excellent synth work keeping the intense nature on point. Wonderful stuff from Nico and a must have in any box.
First up on remix is Inkfish who are four Swedes. Mattias Lindblom, Jesper Lindqvist and brothers Andreas and Johan Hermansson. These guys run their own label, Inkfish Recordings with Mattias or Andreas taking care of the production side of things. Johan and Andreas do all the DJ work while Jesper is a self-styled Bez from Happy Mondays character. Together these guys have a very impressive list of releases across many top labels and now we see their first appearance on Bonzai Progressive. The remix intros with some cool FX, synths and pads before a nice chunky kick takes over. The bass delivers a deep grooving flow while rising pads add beautiful textures with subtle melodic hints. Solid track with a big punch!
The very popular Manu Riga is up next with his Sofia By Night Remix. After their last and very successful outing on “Reborn” it’s no wonder these guys are working together again, they click well in the studio and no doubt we will see a lot more from them in the future. The remix goes into full on mode with a massive snappy kick with a sharp click on top which really sets the scene up well for a trip down progressive lane. Some great FX and synth work give off subtle melodies with a very teasing vox lying in wait in the background. Superb bassline works wonders throughout the track and makes this a track you will never want to end.
Philthy Chit deliver a stunningly epic progressive house experience with their remix. The intro slowly builds with simple percussions and a hypnotic synth note before blazing into a driving deep bass led groove. Intensity rises with wonderful pads and an amazing vocal sample. The magic happens on the break with deep resonating synths and melodic sequences before getting back into a full blown prog monster. A sure fire hit and a definite must have for those progressive sets.
Next up on the remix is Eric Hubo whom Nico has worked with in the past. Belgium based Eric has featured on tracks from Nico’s Danza Records including “Metro”, “S.A.X.X.” and “Move Your Body” as well as works on LCD Recordings on “Romeo and Juliet”. His remixes have also appeared on “A State Of Trance Classics Vol. 7” back in 2012. The remix sets off with a smooth kick and offset bass which is the perfect foundation for a progressive house journey. Cool FX and well crafted percussion provide a steady rhythm before the track settles in for the duration as the bassline shines through. Sweet melodic pianos are the focus on the break as sweeping phased synth pads shore up the background. The track kicks back into the steady groove and a beautiful prog house record in born, superb stuff.
Yuriy From Russia is our next guest with his Dark Remix. Yuriy has been churning out top quality productions in recent times most notably with his latest offering “Do You Feel” featuring the vocal talents of Ange. Chunky kicks and sharp hats get us moving on the intro with a warpy, thick bass soon following. Sweeping synths begin to come through and they provide stark contrasts with the bass which makes for a cool dynamic. Blippy FX work adds texture to the sound and all the while the groove has built into full on progressive mode. The break brings forth those sweeping pads and builds back into the main groove with a wall of noise. Very intense and very epic piece of work which no doubt get attention from all quarters.
French DJ and producer Gaulois delivers superb fresh sounding deep house beats with his two tracker, “Living On The Music”. Gaulois is a moniker of one of Bonzai’s newest signings Sebastien Desay and already we have seen some top quality productions from this guys with much more to come.
“Living On The Music” gives deep house a new lease of life with stunning fresh beats and a slow darkly groove. Excellent drum arrangements get the rhythm flowing while the bass reaches up from way down in the depths. The track has many quality features but a hypnotic synth and a wonderful spoken vocal are two elements that really shine through, one to watch!
“Young Talent” delivers a fantastic upbeat type of vibe with bright sounds and a retro style coming out of the drums and deep analogue bass. Lots of quirky one shot synth stabs keep the track fresh alongside a very cool rhythmic percussion arrangement. The vocal on this stands out beautifully and is the perfect companion to a stunning track.+
The highly impressive Van is back to Basiks with his superb three track EP entitled “Mar Menor”. Van, as usual remains a very busy producer and DJ with many remixes and original productions always on the go. His radio show, Bonzai Basik Beats Spain is going strong with many top artists performing and with many more to come. Based in Madrid, Van is a big part of the techno and deep house scene and recently his track “Vapeur Tardive” was showcased in a mix broadcast live on the UK’s 6 Mix show by none other than the legendary Derrick May!
“Mar Menor” sets us off on this EP and the groove begins to flow from early on as the kicks and percussions gel together beautifully alongside a superb deep and chunky bass. The percussion arrangement leads to a solid rhythm with lots of fills keeping the vibe flowing. The break provides some very cool synth chords that really sets the track alight, superb stuff from Van and a track that is sure to feature on many sets!
“Arena Blanca” is up next and delivers a sharp edged groove with a cool techy vibe. Big chunky kicks take over the track from the off with a round of tight percussions blending nicely. A deep resonating bass weaves through the track as a strangely hypnotic synth comes forth. Very cool driving rhythms on this and a must for any box!
“OMG” dishes out some very cool kicks and crisp hats on the intro with more percussions building as the track progresses. The break is a masterclass in arrangement as rolling drums ebb and flow before kicking back. Strong grooves and solid rhythms burst through as a distant bass teases throughout. Wonderfully crafted track that would be a welcome addition for any DJ.
Progressive DJing and production duo Jon ManimaL & Magros aka metrONomes are back with a superb three track dark progressive house offering. The guys have been regular features on Bonzai’ classic label Progrez for some time now with their last release “AtomON” performing well on the circuit. This time around the quality remains on top form with their “Mea Culpa EP”.
The title track “Mea Culpa” sets off on a dark progressive journey with a deep rolling bassline. Subtle percussions and FX start to build and a cool chunky kick settles into a nice groove. As the track progresses it delves into a full on hypnotic ride that digs deep into your mind. Expertly crafted and very faint pads rise up from the background adding great texture to the sound, top notch stuff yet again from these guys!
“Roots” is up next and takes on a cool prog house groove from the intro. Solid and steady rhythms are built on the tight drum arrangement with snappy percussions doing the job nicely. The bass resonates through the sound keeping the track firmly rooted while melancholic pads provide a hint of melody, superb effort and definitely one to watch!
“Vatos Locos” goes right into the action with a chunky kick and full on offbeat bass. Subtle pads weave through to great effect and a sinister vocal makes a show throughout. The track builds nicely with percussions coming through late on and delivering a flowing rhythm. Very haunting in places with a true deep progressive house vibe as the end result, excellent stuff!
10th installment in the Afterhour Trax series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Airwave, Moshic, Gai Barone, Audio Noir, Kintar, CJ Art, Michael & Levan and Stiven Rivic, Philthy Chit, Noa Romana, Deersky, Yuriy From Russia, Mindgamers, Angga, Cid Inc., Manu Riga, Franbeats, Thorin, Quadran, Beat Maniacs, deepAlexander, Eric Powa B, Zan Preveé, WayWork, Hector Sawiak, Chantola, J-Junior, AquAdro, Anthony Yarranton, JJ Grant, Digital Department and Crocy.