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Argentinean DJ and producer Leandro Di returns to Piston with the superb two tracker Spiral Space. Leandro has made several appearances on Piston over the last couple of years, his tracks have featured on various compilations of ours as well as over at Bonzai Progressive. He got his full debut back in the summer of 2015 with Love From Another Woman EP which gained great support across the board. A master of the deeper grooves, we’re delighted to have him back once more.
Spiral Spaces is a wonderful moody deep and groovy track that will give the floors something to get down to. Big chunky kick drums lead the way alongside bright crispy hi hats and a superb hypnotic synth note. Dark vocal snippets come though and build the track smoothly into an all round deep house groover. A definite must have, the floors are gonna rock to this one.
Chicago Streets intros with a nice punchy kick drum and offset hi hat that delivers a classic feel to the track. Beautifully composed piano house chords fade in and suddenly you find yourself at the epicentre of an eruption of pure quality sounds. A deep probing bassline snakes through the track as those pianos dominate. The track is then given its cherry on top in the form of a diva driven vocal that personifies the house sound. A straight up stomper that will destroy the floors no doubt, not to be missed.
Raw Axe debuts on Bonzai Elemental with wonderfully chilled three tracker entitled Raw Axe. This one features a couple of collabs with Not Dead Yet and Melanie Houston, and each artist brings forth a unique signature that gives the tracks a brilliant dynamic characteristic.
Raw Axe & Not Dead Yet – Romantic Wannabe intros with a ballad-esque sound that catches your intrigue, drawing you in with its sultry sounds. Rich guitar licks are accompanied with warm pads and subtle synth melodies. The sound evolves beautifully to the backdrop of a downtempo break beat drum arrangement and a smooth, warm bassline. The perfect fodder for those lazy evening watching the sun go down.
Raw Axe & Not Dead Yet – Start The Dance sets off with a cool indie vibe that finds its way deep into your soul with its moody vibes and captivating grooves. Top notch guitars and a beautiful warm bassline deliver the goods alongside a wonderfully constructed drum section that provides a solid rhythmic flow. Excellent stuff that will keep those loungy evening interesting.
Raw Axe & Melanie Houston – Night Search intros with a cool downtempo, slow drum beat that is broken up with expert precision to deliver maximum rhythmic goodness. Warm synths and pads fill the spectrum and bring a little melancholy into the sound as a fantastic bassline sits perfectly in the mix. The synths get a cosmic makeover and bring a very cool textured layer to the sound making this a top notch slice of chilled out goodness.
South Shore, Nova Scotia based producer Don Longton debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic It’s Pouring Outside, and this one features a top notch remix from long time friend and Twins In Mind partner Manu Riga. The son of a Jazz pianist, Don was drawn into the synth sound since the early 70’s and was fascinated by the sounds of ELP, Rick Wakeman and others. He then caught the bug and started to produce his own sounds during the MIDI boom. Although he was constantly on the move, moving to new homes, he continued to play music. In 2007 he joined Twins In Mind with Manu Riga – aka prolific Belgian artist and Bonzai stalwart Adriaan Baussens – and later he went on to focus more on the progressive house side of things. In his own words Don is inspired by the incredible talent within the music industry and he is on course to unleash his own sound on the world. Much more to come from Don in the future so it’s well worth watching this space.
The Original Mix intros with a wonderfully deep and atmospheric vibe as lush tones are met with sporadic percussions and cool FX. Subdued kick drums come into play and we find ourselves being drawn into the infectious progressive groove. The expertly crafted layers build slowly to become a full on pumping groove that will surely have the floors filled. At the midway point a fantastic array of soothing melodies come though, made up of brash synths, soft voices and swirling pads. A top notch sound that is a definite must have track for any prog set.
Manu Riga turns up on remix duty and delivers his superb Sunshine Remix. A long time friend of Don, the guys have collaborated on the Twins In Mind project where they churned out some top quality chillout and downtempo cuts on Bonzai Elemental. Adriaan recently enjoyed the release of his first album – Surrounded – and now we can’t wait until the next one. Currently working on new material as well as other remixes, we always look forward to the pure quality in this guy’s productions. The remix intros with some very nicely crafted kicks that are joined by a subtle display of hats and percussions. A deep, chugging bassline comes through and dominates the sound, locking us into its hypnotic groove. The track slowly builds and we’re treated to some very nice progressive sounds that lead us into the first break where beautifully crafted and very subtle melodies come into play before we are thrust back into the main groove. Yet again we find ourselves completely hooked on the Manu Riga sound, and this one heralds a new era in that sound, one which his army of fans will undoubtedly embrace.
Matteo Tonioli and Marco Nascetti aka Surveyor Mode return to Bonzai Progressive with this two tracker entitled Seyfried. The guys’ last outing VV EP, gained great support across the board and they’re quickly becoming a name synonymous with tech infused progressive vibes. Great to see them back once again and we’ll no doubt be seeing much more from them in the future.
Seyfried is a straight up progressive monster that packs in a huge punch. Right from the off you find yourself in the middle of a progressive storm as a multitude of sounds swirl overhead. Big punchy kick drums lead the way alongside a hypnotically charged bass that probes through every crevice on the low end. A distinct intensity fills the sound which is spurred on by cool FX and a cosmic synth riff. The break unleashes a fantastic gated synth sequence that is accompanied by a deep growling synth before the beats return and the track gets back into full swing. A definite must have, no doubt.
State 526 takes the deep progressive house approach and delivers a solid all rounder that will fit any late night set for sure. Huge, powerful, punchy kick drums are at play here and they are complimented with a shuffling hat sequence and a superb deep bassline. Melodic synths cascade up and down in an arp style on the break as swirling pads lure us in with their lush tones before those massive kicks come back to take control. Wonderfully mesmerizing, the perfect slice for any set.
Scottish DJ and producer Murray Richardson debuts on Piston Recordings with the fantastic two track release Over By 91 and Shagarama. Murray grew up listening to music and his interest piqued when he listened to Devo, The Specials and The Clash among others. In 1987 he found the house sounds of Trax Records and DJ International which led him to become involved in the Ayrshire club scene and West Coast Jams at Ayr pavilion. He moved to Edinburgh and quickly established himself as one of the world’s best up and coming DJ’s. After winning the Muzik Magazine Bedroom Bedlam DJ Award he began getting gigs all over the world. He runs his own night – Rebel Waltz – which showcases some of the finest Deep House grooves around. The night has held residencies in Edinburgh, Nottingham, Barcelona, London and Sao Paulo and the night has toured as far and wide as the UK, Europe, Asia and South America. Rebel Waltz was also recorded live for DJ Magazine. With releases across a plethora of top labels, Murray continues to ply his trade all over the world both in the studio and DJing. Great to see him here at Piston and hope to see more soon.
Over By 91 gets moving with a fine display of chunky kick drums and a fantastic percussion arrangement that delivers a solid deep house experience right from the off. The drums play a huge part on this one, but the track also gets down with some very cool synth stabs that capture the true nature and depth of the groove. After the midway point the track shifts slightly as a brilliant bassline takes us deeper while those beautifully arranged drums keep the rhythm moving. Superb stuff that is most definitely not to be missed.
Shagarama intros with an almost tribalistic drum sequence made up of chunky kick drums, erratic congas and crispy hi hats that combine beautifully to unleash a fine flowing rhythm. Classic styles piano chord stabs are introduced and along with the deep growling bassline they deliver a solid deep house groove that will get the asses shaking for sure. Throughout the track a cool vocal mesmerizes and ensures we remain hooked for the duration. Just the tonic to get any set pumping.
SteMI aka Italian DJ and producer Stefano Minturnino makes his Piston debut with the superb two tracker Timeless. Stefano is following in his Father’s footsteps, his Father became a DJ and set up his own local radio station, and soon enough Stefano was interested in music and clubbing. Over the years he has worked on several projects including Deependance, Dejavu and Hysteria to name just a few. He has also supported top artists including the likes of Francois K, Smokin Jo, Paul Trouble Anderson and Quentin Harris among others. Stefano focuses on deep tech and house and he is always aiming for an innovative sound in his productions were he can develop his own idea of dance music culture.
Timeless oozes a tech house vibe right from the start as crispy sharp percussions dominate. Cool deep synth notes break through the bright hats and soon a nice and chunky kick drum appears to drive the groove. A deep chugging bassline comes through and takes control of the sound as the layers continues to build all around. The tight drums and shuffling percussions make for a wonderful rhythmic flow that will be welcomed on the floors. A fine display of tech house that is not to be missed.
Piano S takes us on a superb trek into deep house and does it in style. Right from the intro we get the vibe as chunky bass notes ring out alongside bright hats. A nice and phat kick drum takes over and is soon joined by some cool vocals and a fantastic, thick low end bassline. Warm keys offer up sporadic stabs that give the track a true deep house groove and these are accompanied by sparse piano riffs that crop up out of nowhere. A fun track that definitely grab a lot of attention.
Israel based producers Jadeck Berger and Max Margolin join forces to deliver their Green Martian debut entitled Whirlpool, which also comes backed up with two top notch remixes. The guys met in 2000 and have worked closely together on many projects over the years including remixes, original material and radio shows. Max grew up listening to many various styles of music but in 2000 he was heavily influenced by the radio show Oslo Nights and found his way into progressive which became an integral part of his music creation. In 2003 he developed his music making skills and refined his DJ sets on various radio shows. Jadeck grew up listening to early 90’s acts such as E-Type, Ace Of Base The Prodigy and Dr Alban. He moved to Israel in 1999 where he continued to delve into his passion for music. After meeting Max in 2000 they conceived several concepts for radio shows and in 2003 they launched TLV Nights on party107 where they showcased the best in progressive house and progressive trance. During this time Jadeck was honing his own music making skills with an aim to create beautiful atmospheric sounds.
The Original Mix intros with a superb pounding kick drum with noisy risers filling up the space before a deep, droning bass comes through. As the percussions start to layer up a warm synth rises in the background creating a truly mesmerizing sequence. Various other synths enter the composition alongside an uplifting voice that captivates the mind. On the break we are treated to some intense pads and that beautiful voice before slamming right back into full on mode and those thumping kicks and powerful droning bass. Top notch stuff and a must have for sure.
Prolific Belgian DJ, producer, composer, writer and all round hugely talented artist Manu Riga steps up for remix duties and delivers yet another fine slice of progressive goodness for us to indulge. Adriaan remains busy in the studio despite going through a rough time in regards to his health. He is an inspiration to many and offers up his wealth of musical knowledge to help others achieve their goals. With much more on the way from this guy we’re sure that this one will get the progressive taste buds going. The remix intros with a nice punchy kick drum with accompanying percussive elements. A thick, low end bassline soon comes in and takes over, forcing you to move with its infectious groove. Cool FX go off throughout the track as warm synths are introduced. After the first short break we are well and truly locked on and on the main break we are taken higher with an expertly crafted sequence filled with cascading arps and sweet melodics. Another fine slice of Manu Riga style progressive house that is most definitely not to be missed.
Config aka Wouter Vermeire and Stemvork join forces to dish out a tasty progressive treat for us on the remix which intros with a chunky kick drum and a cool display of crispy hats and percussions. Swirling pads fill the spectrum as a stunning bassline begins to fade. When the bassline is up to full power the track delves into a solid progressive groove that will definitely get the floor moving. The track hypnotizes as the layers combine, short stabby synths break through but the tight arrangement keeps you locked in. On the break a softer more subdued side of the track appears filled with beautiful melodies and a warming bass tone that offers a soothing respite before the track gets back into full on mode for the duration. Top notch stuff indeed.
Kevin Vega returns to Bonzai Progressive with yet another superb slice of progressive in the form of Geisha which features two tracks and a sublime remix from Jakhira. Kevin Vega remains a stalwart around the Bonzai office, he has graced various labels over the years and always delivers on the quality front. He recently featured on the fantastic Bonzai & Friends 500 Remixes compilation as well as many other compilations over the years. Always a pleasure to have Kevin’s work drop into the inbox and no doubt we’ll see much more in the future.
Geisha intros with a pure progressive vibe that builds beautifully into a mesmerizing and tantalising musical wonderland complete with a plethora of rich sounds. From the tight drum arrangements to the warm, lush basses and cascading arps, this one goes deep creating a wonderful layered sound that will move you. The groove just rocks and we’ve no doubt that this one will grab a lot of attention.
The Original Mix of Elysium is up next and straight away we get locked onto the hypnotic groove this one offers. The intro subtly builds a solid progressive flowing track that lulls you in with its warmth and enticing rhythms. The track layers up sound after sound effortlessly until we’re surrounded in a colourful musical kaleidoscope. The break throws up some cool melodies and voices that soothe the soul, while a gated synth begins its mesmerizing trek into our minds. A definite must have expertly crafted track here that is not to be missed.
Jakhira steps up to remix duties with his superb Secret Sanctuary Remix. It’s been a while since we last saw Jack, it was back in September 2015 when he gave us the brilliant Be As One, which gained support across the board. When it comes to quality sounds this guy knows no bounds and we’re delighted to see him back once more. The remix intros with a smooth percussion led arrangement before a nice chunky kick drum comes through and takes over. Bright crispy hi hats are stacked up against the percussions to deliver a fine flowing rhythm. A deep, warm bassline comes into play and sets the track on its deep progressive course. Beautifully crafted melodies swirl overhead amidst an array of rich pads and subtle synth stabs. The break goes into a fantastically constructed melodic sequence that lets you dream away before those chunky beats return for the duration. Top notch stuff perfect for any terrace set this summer.
Bologna based producer Persya is back at Bonzai Progressive with the superb three tracker entitled Heide EP. Persya debuted on BP back at the start of 2016 with Expecto which gained great support from many jocks with its wonderfully progressive grooves. This time out he fuses a tech house bead into his progressive sound with stunning results.
Heide dishes out a deep progressive vibe right from the outset as phat chunky beats are lined up against a cosmic FX, sharp claps and crispy hats. Melodic synths fade in and tease us with an impending euphoria that is enhanced by a fantastic bassline. The bassline carries the track along perfectly and you’ll find yourself locked on to its melodic tones and strong probing nature. The break delivers the melody in all its glory with added vocals and rich strings to really build the vibe before the beats come back and carry us along for the ride once more. A monster progressive sound that will definitely turn a few heads.
Imago intros with a very cool percussion led sequence that builds into a solid and tight arrangement that gets the rhythm flowing nicely. A nice and big chunky kick drum takes over alongside shuffling hats that will definitely make you move your feet. The bassline delivers the goods here though, a solid, pulsing bass that oozes tech house will surely rock any floor to its foundations. A very familiar vocal one shot comes to the fore to bring back those retro memories and before you know it you’re totally hooked on the vibe. Beautifully crafted sounds and perfectly executed arrangements will have this one at the top of any set, one to watch for sure.
Shanalot sets off with a punchy kick drum with a cool filtered synth that piques the interest right from the off. Cool percussions layer up bringing a tight rhythmic flow to the sound. A monster bassline makes its way into the groove and delivers a perfectly balanced low end sound that brings warmth and depth. As we are drawn deeper into the progressive abyss we are faced with surreal melodic sequences that mesmerize and captivate adding some beautiful textures to the sound. One for the late night sessions here, a must have.
PolyRhythm aka North Bergen, New Jersey based DJ and producer duo David Jonez and Val Carrique make their Piston Recordings debut with the fantastic three tracker entitled No Politics EP. Having started out DJing at just 14 years old playing everything from mainstream Hip Hop to Reggae, the guys quickly established themselves on the scene. After a few years they found house music and flourished in the New York underground scene. The name PolyRhythm started out as their party name and soon became synonymous among party goers looking for their next event. They then adopted the title to produce under and since 2010 they have racked up an impressive list of releases across various top labels. Delighted to have this hugely talented duo on board at Piston.
No Politics is a solid floor filler with a deep lush groove that will become the pinnacle of any set no doubt. This beautifully tweaked slice of deep house boasts an array of quality sounds, from powerful chunky kicks to warm chords and bright crispy, rhythmic hats. A very cool vocal sits over the sound adding a cool textured layer as the hypnotic keys weave their way through the groove locking us in for the duration. A real mover here and a must have.
Taking It Back intros with a bustling display of sharp percussions alongside a muted kick drum and rising keys. The kicks are beefed up into powerful punchy hits as the shuffling hats and percussions bring out the rhythmic flow of the track. A deep, probing bassline dominates throughout and draws us into its hypnotic groove. High pitched strings sit on top as mid range keys deliver rich textured layers. Quality deep house grooves on offer here that will slot beautifully into any set.
The EgoScene sets off with a nice chunky kick drum and sharp clap combi before bright crispy hats and various percussions come through. The track layers up beautifully building a solid rhythmic flow to the backdrop of a sublime deep bassy groove. Mesmerizing keys are locked into place as the pulsing basses do their thing. On the break we are treated to a cool spoken vocal that is accompanied by those warm keys and pads before the beats return and we are locked into the groove once more. Top quality stuff not to be missed.
Italian DJ and producer Alessio Rizzo makes a welcome return to Piston with the superb All I Wanna Do Is Shake. This time around Alessio is flying solo after he teamed up with fellow Italian producer for their debut back in 2015 with Breakfast In Lebanon. Having played many venues as a DJ he honed his skills and musical knowledge to make the leap into production, and the results so far have been outstanding. Delighted to have him back once more and no doubt we’ll be seeing more in the future.
The Original Mix gets you in the mood for a good shakin with a bright upbeat vibe that will surely move the floors. Nice chunky kick drums lead the charge here as a deep sub bass lurks on the low end against some very cool mid range sounds. Sketchy vocals litter the sound and add cool textures. The groove is lifted with a tight drum arrangement that unleashes a flowing rhythmic vibe. Top notch stuff and a definite must have.
Naples based DJ and producer Giacomo De Falco heads up remix duties and delivers a solid slice of tech house for our listening pleasure. Giacomo started out with a firm grasp of Techno and Minimal, he strived to organise parties in his hometown and soon found himself at some top clubs. 2013 saw him enter the producing world and he has since seen releases on many labels including ADSR Records, In Dushe, Sound Vessel, Cubek, Blackpoint Records, Async Records and recently featured on the newly formed Skull & Tones. On the remix we get drawn into a superb tech house flow right from the off as chunky kicks take centre stage with an offset crispy hat getting the rhythm flowing. A very cool stuttering bassline finds its way into the sound and mesmerizes throughout. Perfectly tweaked vocals and classic crowd noises litter the sound alongside warm chords that pop up from time to time. A solid tech houser that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Ruben makes a welcome return to Progrez with frighteningly titled 1428 Elm Street which will be a familiar location for fans of the 1984 cult movie classic with Freddy Krueger causing mayhem. On the music front though we’re delighted to have Ruben back to deliver yet another superb slice of deep tech house. His last outing was back in October 2015 with Mindtrap EP and then a feature on our Club Trax compilation Dark & Deep 3. Prepare yourselves for this one and remember, try not to dream because some guy with blades for fingers might just pop in to say…boo.
1428 Elm Street intros with a fantastic bass heavy kick drum alongside cool tribalistic congas and various other percussions that create a flowing rhythm right from the off. A truly hypnotic experience ensues with a little help for a fading in pad and those infectious drums. At the midway point the eerie sounds begin with a brilliant haunting melody that blends perfectly into the tech house vibe. Superb stuff that will keep the floors rocking no doubt.
La Ultima Tormenta sets off with a tough edgy vibe as chunky kicks are met with a very cool display of multiple percussions that blend perfectly into a solid arrangement that will move you onto the floors. We are lulled into the groove with hypnotic pads and a pulsating bassline that hooks you in and won’t let go for the duration. The pads become intense and really dig deep into your soul bringing an array of haunting sounds along for the ride. The abundance of sounds here are mind blowing and they create stunning textures that will keep you listening and finding nuances of sound in this expertly crafted slice of tech house music, top notch.
We welcome back Joe Babylon & Ittai Barkai to the Eyepatch Recordings camp with this superb four tracker entitled Fly Sequence. Ittai returns after a bit of a hiatus, we last caught a glimpse of his sounds back in 2014 with a fantastic remix on Van Czar’s Jean Tonique. Previously he had wowed us with his own brand of deep house and tech grooves on the superb My Sugar Brother EP. Great to see him back once again and hopefully we will see more from him soon.
First up we have Fly Sequence which intros with a very subtle kick drum backed up with cool raspy percussions and a bright crisp hi hat. Warm chords fade through alongside a groovy sauntering bassline that lingers beautifully on the low end. Soulful vocals drift along in the background as the deep rooted groove takes hold. Awesome stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.
A Thought sets off with a nice and tight percussion pattern that is soon joined by a thumping kick drum that will force you to move towards the dancefloor if you’re not already there. Crispy sharp hi hats deliver a solid and steady rhythm as lush pads grab your attention. A deep sub bass shores up the low end creating a wonderful depth to the sound while distant voices linger. A real deep tech groover that will not disappoint.
As last we have the superb Jaffa Nights with its more mellowed tempo that results in a strong deep and groovy track. The tight arrangement consists of some very cool sounds including chunky kick drums and bright hats that blend perfectly with a lazy yet powerful bassline. The main feature here though are those wonderful mesmeric synths that relentlessly weave their way into every orifice of the arrangement. Top notch stuff you do not want to miss.
Bonzai Progressive continues its 500th release celebrations with 20 top notch tracks plucked from our Bonzai & Friends 500 compilation and given the remix treatment from top artists that have contributed so much to the label over the years. Airwave, Manu Riga, Gai Barone, Phi Phi, Audio Noir, Matt Holliday Rick Pier O’Neil, John 00 Fleming, Crocy, AudioStorm, Satinka and many more are on hand to take us on a journey deep into the progressive sound and beyond. We think you’ll agree that this is the perfect way to compliment, not only the artists but the label and add to the continuing legacy of Bonzai Progressive.
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Portugal’s most innovative and steadfast record label delivers its next instalment of top quality cuts. Piston Recordings proudly presents The Secrets Of The Trade 6 which features a raft of outstanding tracks from the worlds of House, Deep House, Tech House and a sprinkling of Techno that adds to the diversity on offer from a plethora of artists. We’ve selected the finest grooves for your listening pleasure with tracks and remixes from the likes of Label boss Rogerio Martins, Demarkus Lewis, JR From Dallas, Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax and Nouskynousk to name just a few. Replenish your tools with this stunning compilation to give your crowd the quality music they deserve.
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