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As Piston Recordings celebrates its 10th year at the forefront of the house music scene we present our 8th Secrets Of The Trade compilation pack. Once again we’ve filled this one with some of the finest cuts from the past year including tracks and remixes from the likes of Bart Ricardo, JR From Dallas, PulpTalks, Daniel Ray, Bjerk Peterson, Jakhira, Bonetti, Leandro Silva, Lazer Mike, label boss Rogerio Martins and many more. Our ethos remains the same, to deliver cutting edge grooves from the best up and coming producers while showcasing the talents of top artists from around the world. Get this one in your collection, you will not be disappointed.
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Mustafa Gedik debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the wonderful Rihe EP which is backed up with three exceptional remixes from Manu Riga, JoC H and John Lead. Mustafa is a DJ and producer from Istanbul, since 2008 he has been very active on the music scene having shared the stage with top DJ’s and artists as well as performances on many international radio stations. During this period he continued to development himself and has released lots of EP’s on various labels including Baroque Records, Plusquam Records, Virtual Love, Proton, Weekend Music, Lohit and many more. In the studio has worked with many likeminded artists such as 21street, Andrea Bertolini, Minimize, Rafael Osmo, G-Mohris, Mr.raf, Sterbai and Strigata to name a few. A hugely talented artist we are glad to welcome on board at BP
First up we have the Original Mix which is as pure as progressive can get thanks to lush grooves filled with warm bass tones, swirling atmosphere’s and subtle melodies. A distinct Eastern flavour oozes from the sound which is no surprise given Mustafa’s location in the world. One thing that will stand out here is the captivating vocal which alone makes this a must have track. The original is accompanied by a Dub Mix which strips out most of the vocal leaving only teasing snippets in its place. The dub is a standout track with an emphasis on the synth work and is also a not to be missed cut.
First up on the trio of remixes we have Belgium’s progressive house maestro and Bonzai stalwart Manu Riga with his Technotized Remix which puts a firm tech stamp over the track. Not Manu Riga’s usual approach but we think it’s a winner with its warping basses, tight drums and beautifully arranged vocal. A solid driving ‘technotized’ progressive stomper and a must for the collection. JoC H is up next with his remix and once again we’re reminded just how talented this guy is. The progressive vibes ooze out of this one as beautifully tweaked synths deliver that rich sound alongside the deep, hypnotic bassline. The vocal works wonders in the groove and will definitely draw lots of attention. John Lead aka Lisbon, Portugal based DJ and producer Joao Apell is next on the remix roster and he delivers a fantastic slice that will get the progressive taste buds tingling. Here he sticks to a driving, solid formula to get the floors rocking as those chunky kick drums and shuffling percussions combine alongside warping synths and that stunning vocal. Intricate arpeggios litter the sound creating cascading melodies that light the track up beautifully. Excellent stuff you do not want to miss out on.
Scottish DJ and producer Mendexx delivers another superb progressive two tracker entitled Flashback which comes fresh off the back of his last effort on remix duties for Cryss’ Simple Pleasure. We never tire of this guys sound, he brings a cool dynamic to the table which translates brilliantly on the floors. His warm tones are full of richness and subtle melodies which give him a unique slot in the music world. Always a pleasure to get his music through the inbox.
Flashback draws you in right from the off with an alluring vocal that peeks out from behind a nice chunky kickdrum. A probing bass shows up alongside loose hi hats creating a cool clubby vibe. Swirling FX add an extra layer to the ambience as melodic arps tinkle in the distance. The vocal remains a constant, mesmerizing force and blends perfectly with the simple synth melody. A nice and warm track that will set the mood for an endearing progressive set.
Force Field opens with punchy kick drum and a deep penetrating bassline that sets the track up nicely on its progressive journey. Soft open hi hats are matched with rhythmic percussions and a cool vocal as the bassline hypnotizes. Subtle melodies come through and add to the already warming glow from the track. A more prominent synth emerges in the latter stages to give the track a cool contrast. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Portugal’s cutting edge electronic music label Piston Recordings reaches a double milestone in 2017 as it celebrates 10 years as well as its 300th release. To mark this occasion we get a dosing of deep house grooves on the two track 300 EP courtesy of label head honcho, Rogerio Martins. Since 2007 Rogerio has showed true grit and determination to get his label to where it is today, at the forefront of a worldwide scene where the sounds of Piston are championed by a multitude of top DJ’s. The Piston ethos has been embraced by many artists and the demand is ever more popular and artists from around the world delight at the prospect of releasing their material through Piston which is why there is a consistent stream of quality cuts. Here’s to another 300 releases and another 10 years!
No Gimmicks intros with a solid kick drum and cool shuffling hat arrangement that gets the rhythm flowing nicely before a super bright crispy hi hat joins in. A superb dancing, chunky bassline delivers a killer blow that will definitely get feet to the floors. Rogerio dishes out a real treat here, especially with the huge filtered piano chords that will attract the discerning clubber if only for its nostalgic appeal. A diva inspired vocal wails through the track beautifully making this an absolute stomper and a must have.
Secondly we have the deliciously warm and endearing Find The Love which intros with nice subby kick drums and a crispy hi hat combo. Smooth house chords fade in and we soon find ourselves engrossed in a lush groove. The track delivers a solid rhythmic flow thanks to tight drums and percussions while cool vocals bring in a clubby vibe. The bass resides deep within the sound here and will certainly give the bassbins a bit of work to do. A definite dancefloor contender here you do not want to miss.
Winchester, England born Paul Sawyer debuts on Green Martian with this sublime two tracker entitled I Know. Paul is a serious hands on artist who is not afraid to get his hands dirty trying new things and looking for the next melody or harmony. Inspired by his younger brother, one of the original DJ’s on the free rave scene around Hampshire. Paul would later start to learn the art of mixing once the parties had started to move into clubs, developing a serious vinyl habit and embracing the pioneering, cutting edge dance music of the time. As the expansion of the house music movement started to take hold of the early 90´s, Paul´s DJ career blossomed as a valued resident at a flurry of new, enticing clubbing hotspots around the home counties, including the House of Windsor parties, of which his first appearance involved warming up for major influencer and teenage hero Sasha. After several stints in Ibiza he returned to the UK and by the late noughties he was cited one of DJ Mag´s Top 10 Resident DJ’s in the UK and quoted by Mixmag as a DJ to look out for. He soon moved into production and launched his label Krafted, which saw multiple releases with Konneqt, Whartone Records, Sweep the Floor, Suffused Music and Cockpitch Records amongst others. Paul’s new project Soultrak, with long time free-party buddy and fellow DJ Paul Moore is making waves across the underground, while his original productions are gleaning support from industry key players. Great to have him on board here at GM and we hope to see more in the future.
I Know is a beautifully constructed hybrid track that will slot easily into different style sets with ease. A tight drum arrangement leads the way over a dancey bassline that lures you in with its phat charms. Cascading synths deliver subtle melodies alongside a superb mesmerizing vocal while cool FX add colour to the sound. The break is a brilliant sequence that will keep you locked with anticipation before those solid beats come crashing through for the duration. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Fight For Love takes us on a sublime journey filled with serene landscapes, sweet melodics and a solid, tight break beat drum arrangement. Throughout the track we’re pleasantly surprised by the endless variations on the melody that can be interpreted. A strong spoken vocal provides a captivating narrative the piques the interest while that punchy kick drum dishes out its breaks patterns. Fantastic stuff that will be a welcome addition in any collection.
Time to shake off the Winter bite and get ready for this year’s WMC in Miami, Florida, and if you’re not heading over to the event itself – to bask in the glorious sunshine – then we have just the thing to get the heat rising in your party. We’ve selected some of the finest examples of expertly crafted grooves from our vast catalogue of works, conveniently wrapped in a mega pack that will add a much needed boost to your crate. We have 70 original and remix tracks on offer here that will cater to all your progressive needs from artists such as Airwave, Jam El Mar, Phi Phi, Manu Riga, Nico Parisi, Stan Kolev, Matan Caspi, Thorin, Gabriel West & Ricardo Piedra, Gai Barone, Don Longton, Blufeld, AudioStorm, Cryss, Iga Dep, Koschk, Phi6, Kevin Vega, Robert R. Hardy, Rise and Fall, Ruslan Vashkevich, Rick Pier O’Neil, Andy Leavy, Jakhira, Steve Sai, Ewan Rill, Audio Noir and Crocy to name just a few. A definite must have collection that will provide hours of Winter warming fun.
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Manu Riga aka Adriaan Baussens returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic two track slice Your Silent Cries. As ever we’re treated to some sublime progressive moments from this guy who is relentless in his consistent approach to top quality grooves. His last outing here – Disconnected – featured the amazing vocals of Mandy Jones and gained a lot of support from across the board. This time around Adriaan took inspiration from watching a documentary about abuse toward women and the taboo that still surrounds it which will go some way to explain the deep and emotive sounds found within. Two stunning tracks that will be a welcome addition in any collection.
Your Silent Cries is a sublime cut that takes on deep progressive grooves in true Manu Riga fashion. A solid driving arrangement sets the course as tight drums lead the way with a bubbling bassline lurking on the low end. The attention to detail in the drums is outstanding, subtle snare rolls and shuffling hats combine beautifully to give off a rhythmic vibe. Warping synths dish out cool melodics as distant voices loiter in the background. The break contains a beautifully crafted melody from rich sounding instruments adding wonderful colours to the groove. A deep and evocative sound that will appeal to many, a must have for sure.
Point Of No Return intros with a solid punchy kick drum that has a very subtle bassy tail that adds roundness to the sound. Rhythmic percussions soon follow and the track takes us to the floor. A deep and penetrating pulsing bassline fills the groove with a warming glow as swirling pads create a surreal ambience overhead. The track oozes emotion that provoke thought and on the break this is more true as we’re met with a spine tingling vocal. The drums return and get us back on the progressive trail for the duration making this an absolute stomper that is not to be missed.
Pavlin Petrov returns to BP alongside studio partner Graham Lloris with We Are Not Alone which features two top notch remixes. Pavlin joined BP back in September 2015 with the superb Feeling Alive which featured the vocal talents of Selina Stone and which led to a remix on Crocy feat Ashley Berndt’s Mind at the start of 2016. Since then he gave us Set Me Free and Resistance both of which typify the sheer talent of this popular artist. Budapest native Graham Lloris debuts here at BP but he has worked alongside Pavlin on other occasions with fantastic results. He’s been churning out quality cuts since 2012 and has established himself as a solid, consistently creative artists. Great to have him on board and no doubt we’ll see more from both in the future.
The Original Mix delivers a solid prog house groover that intros with a chunky kick drums and rhythmic percussion combi. Intricate patterns are formed from the percussion arrangement and slot nicely into the groove. A deep droning bass pad ebbs and flows overhead as the layers build creating depth and drive. A wailing hybrid sax-synth draws attention as the subtle melodies begin to appear on the break taking us on a surreal trek deeper into progressive house. One for the late night session here that will not disappoint.
Nico Parisi is back at his progressive home with another one of his sublime remixes. His last full release was back in 2016 with Attica which performed very well indeed. He has also contributed some fantastic remixes since then and his works continually appear on multiple compilations. On the DJ front he enjoys plenty of gigs across Belgium and beyond. Always worth keeping an eye on this guy with much more to come in the future. On the remix here Nico utilises the melodic elements of the original beautifully working them into his deep and grooving progressive flow. Tight drums and cool percussion patterns create smooth rhythms that flow effortlessly through the track. That deep droning bass adds wonderful depth to the sound as the melodies work their magic. Another top notch slice from Nico and a must have track.
Kevin Vega makes a welcome return and steps up to the remix plate with a brilliantly worked progressive groove. His last outing here – The Crimson King was championed by many and topped many charts. His works always find their way into compilations adding some extra weight to every release. We never tire of this guys attention to detail in his tracks and we’re sure we will see much more in the years ahead. Here Kevin takes the original mix and gives it one of his sublime makeovers adding in extra punch and a driving edge. Tight drums lead the way and a cacophony of percussions insure that the floors will get a workout from this. Various synths layer up to create a sublime sequence that mystify and captivate thanks to the subtle melodies borrowed from the original. A beautifully crafted groove from Kevin that is most definitely not to be missed.
Adriaan debuts on Piston Recordings with the delectable house music grooves of La Oscuridad. Two tracks take us on a sublime journey deep into the house music abyss. Both tracks will ensure that any set has depth as well as provoking a melancholic feeling. Great to have this superb talent on board and we hope to see more in the future.
The epic multi layered story that is La Oscuridad is up first and goes deep right from the off muted drums are layered over a glitchy sound and eerie pads. Chunky kick drums fade in drive the track nicely with a mesmeric trait while sultry synths and mysterious vocals come through. The track cuts deep into your soul and holds on relentlessly for the duration wrapping you up in its warming grooves as the more darker side creeps through. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Whatever You Know intros with some very cool dark drums and hypnotic percussions that deliver a solid, tight arrangement. On top of the bassy tones we find sharper synth notes as well as surreal FX, melancholic melodies and a haunting vocal. The groove takes hold and we find ourselves locked on for the duration on this epic 11 minute monster of a track that is a definite must have for the late night sessions.
Monotronik are Portuguese DJ and producer duo Freddy Lourenzo and D’Joseph Alves and they return to Piston Recordings with the superb Subculture. Their last outing here was their debut Divergence, back in early Summer 2016, was very well received indeed having landed on many charts and playlists. The pair DJ regularly all over the place and are known for their tight, groovy sets. They’ve put out several top quality cuts recently on Underground Source Records and Sync Forward, moving between tech house and deep house. Great to see them back once again, well worth keeping an eye on.
Subculture intros with a cool muted kick drum and crispy hi hat combi before the drums get a boost of phatness that get us heading to the floors. Rhythmic percussions soon join the fun as a probing bassline weaves through the track. A short break reveals some very cool clubby vocals that blend effortlessly into the tech house groove on display. Stabbing synths with a gritty texture are the icing on the cake here making this a definite must have for the lively floors out there.
Watching sets off with a cool percussion led arrangement before a nice and chunky kick drum bursts into play. This is joined by an in-your-face bassline that works its way into every orifice of the groove and filling the low end with its warm tones. Cool vocals litter the sound as filtering synth stabs bring out the tech goodness. The break throws up a superb sequence filled with swirling pads and erratic synths before the beats return for the duration. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Next up in our series of remixed classics, celebrating our 25th year, we present a contemporary take on one of our most recognisable anthems from back in the day. Progressive maestro Gai Barone takes the driving seat on this one as he delves deep into the anatomy of Universal Nation, penned in 1998 by a stalwart of Belgian trance – Push. From the very first play out, this one became an instant classic with its soaring synths, chugging bassline, swirling melodies and driving beats. It quickly gained a massive worldwide following as it spearheaded a burgeoning scene creating a multitude of hands in the air moments for the masses. Overwhelmed by the response, Push aka M.I.K.E. soon found himself travelling the world and playing out in front of thousands, both as a DJ and using a live band set-up. The track also spawned a plethora of remixes from a wide range of artists including Ferry Corsten and Oliver Lieb among others. In 2016, Universal Nation was voted number 1 on Studio Brussel’s The Greatest Switch Top 100 tracks which, stands as a testament to the high regard this track and its creator is held among music lovers.
Over the last number of years one name has been synonymous with deep, melodic progressive grooves, Gai Barone. He delivers pure quality with everything he touches and is very much revered by his peers as an inspirational figure. He is no stranger to Bonzai Progressive, he’s contributed several tracks and remixes that have gained great support and he continues to lead the way with his tight production skills and creativity. The perfect choice for this one we think. On the remix Gai takes us on a sublime journey with his alternative take on this classic. Right from the off we find ourselves drawn in as surreal, swirling pads and FX create a scattered texture. Chunky kick drums soon follow and a super tight drum arrangement keeps the rhythm flowing. Vocals from the original masterpiece are on display as well as extended vocal snippets from the original source. In comes that classic melody that fades into existence to the backdrop of a solid, driving bassline that captivates the mind. The break is simply sublime as Gai takes the tempo down before rising back into full on mode. An absolute stomping remix that will definitely become a firm favourite among many.
Ruslan returns with another quality cut, this time he brings us the top notch Matter & Light which is backed up with two superb remixes from Jakhira and Paul Kardos. Ruslan’s last outing – Blind Man’s Shine, drew a lot of attention and gained features on various portals including Beatport. Always one to deliver, we’re sure this latest slice will not disappoint.
On the Original Mix Ruslan drops the tempo to unleash a deep and moody progressive groove filled with warming basses and ethereal swirling pads. A tight drum section will get the feet tapping as we’re drawn deeper into the abyss. The track focuses in on that superb probing bass finds its way into every corner of the room with ease. A top notch slice once again from this highly talented artist.
Jakhira is up first on the remix with his Dark Energy Mix. This guy has been making lots of waves around the office with his beautifully crafted sounds. He puts the house into progressive house with such ease, as shown on his last BP outing – Be As One. Following this one he shifted over to Piston Recordings with his Americana EP showing us his diversity and dynamism in the process. On the remix here he showcases his wonderful creativity once more. A super tight arrangement jam packed with quality sounds and FX and headed up by a solid rhythmic drum section. Warming chords and a fantastic bassline blend effortlessly as the layers build. On the break we’re treated to subtle melodies that allow you drift away before we come back to the main groove for the duration. A definite must have in your collection.
Hungarian producer Paul Kardos is up next with his Rework. Paul last featured on Bonzai Progressive back in October 2015 with The Workout Song and since then he has released a plethora of tracks on several labels. A top notch producer and always one to watch, we’re delighted to have him back at BP. Here Paul takes us deep into progressive with a sublime effort that encompasses everything there is about progressive house. Deep and lush basses, rhythmic percussions and a solid kick drum are joined by atmospheric pads that create some very cool textures. Cascading arpeggios and subtle melodies pique the interest and draw us deeper into the groove. Superb stuff that will not disappoint.
Florence based DJ and producer Klaus Keller debuts on Piston recordings with the superb two tracker, The Beat Don’t Stop. Klaus started producing music at 14, just for passion, but he was always trying to improve and refine his style which, got him noticed some years later. He has released his work on various outlets including Something Different, Moustache Label and Different Attitudes. Klaus likes to deliver a hybrid sound from the worlds of digital and analogue, and this is what we are treated to on this one.
Straight up tech house stomper The Beat Don’t Stop delivers the goods that will get the floors pumping no doubt. The intro is made up of a punchy kick drum and crispy hi hat with a cool spoke vocal that gives a nice clubby vibe. Scathing synths twist and morph as percussions force you to move. A super tight arrangement with a very simple structure that will give any party a boost.
Fuck What You Thinkin grabs your attention right from the get go as a chunky kick drum is matched with a muffled acid lick that fades slowly in, teasing as it goes. Meanwhile an array of sharp, snappy percussions are forming up creating a solid rhythmic flow. The acid line takes centre stage as the filters open up alongside a cool spoken vocal. A superbly crafted nod to the hey days of acid wrapped up in a contemporary package that will delight many for sure.
Returning to Piston Recordings after a bit of a hiatus we have Spanish DJ and producer Mianyo with his fantastic two track EP entitled Breaking Bytes. It was way back in 2014 when we last saw this guy here at Piston and we’re delighted he has returned. Since his Beat Club EP he has racked up quite an impressive list of quality cuts on various labels and has worked with a few top artists on other projects. Hopefully we’ll be seeing much more form this guy in the future.
Breaking Chords intros with a beautifully surreal sequence filled with ethereal pads and a mesmeric high string alongside subtle percussions. A cool broken beat comes through before subsiding and leaving us with those pads once more. The track then goes into full on deep house mode with a flowing 4 x 4 structure that will guide feet to the floors. A warming bassline reside perfectly on the low end as superb gated synths deliver that perfect house groove. A wonderfully nostalgic vibe that will not disappoint.
Piano Bytes sets out with a cool and crispy hi hat which is paired with a sharp clap. A pumping kick drum soon follows as does a probing, deep bassline that moves effortlessly through the sound. Superb chord stabs fade in and we find ourselves locked into a classic styled garage groove that will both satisfy and electrify. The break is where this track really starts to shine as it throws in a real nice piano riff that will tear up the floors with ease. Top notch stuff that you do not want to miss.
Hailing out of Stettin, Poland, DJ and producer duo Dawid Korniak and Michael Modoolar make up Floating Groove and here they debut on Monog with the superb Verana EP. The guys got together in 2015 and started to think about their musical direction and performance with their first release coming on Mexican imprint Elite Records at the start of 2016. A real dynamic duo who are shaping up to be pretty important in the world of electronic music, definitely ones to watch for the future.
Consciens intros with a nicely toned kick drum alongside a sharp clap. Rhythmic percussions soon follow with a shuffling hat taking the lead and getting the feet tapping. A hypnotic arpeggio fades in becoming a big focus in the sound as a probing bassline ramps up the deep groove. The break reveals a captivatingly cosmic vibe that delivers ethereal melodies before the sounds combine once more for the duration. An eclectic slice of deep tech house that will not disappoint.
Verana sets out with a cool arrangement of percussions that are joined by a nice and punchy kick drum. A super tight drum section delivers a solid rhythmic flow which is complimented with mysterious whispering vocals. Stabby house chords create cool textures as a deep underground floating chord pad swells throughout the track. The track captivates as the layers build and will make the perfect fodder for any late night set, not to be missed.
Berlin based DJ and producer Patryk Molinari steps up for remix duties and gives Verana his 303 Treatment. Patryk knew electronic music would be a big part of his life from an early age. His late teenage years would become the moment he realised this passion was so strong and he started to produce his own music. He was influenced by the Big Beat scene but soon discovered house music opting for the deeper shades within the genre. He has released a plethora of top notch cuts across various labels in the last several years and shows no signs of letting up, definitely an artist to keep tabs on. As you’d expect from the remix title we’re treated to a healthy dose of vintage 303 acid. A chunky kick drum leads the way as a meandering acid line coasts in the background over a superb thick bass. Cool FX, gated synths and swirling pads add colourful textures but it’s the acid that gets under your skin giving this track a unique flavour. Top notch stuff you do not want to miss.