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New concept compilation series titled Tech House Toolbox 1 comes with original tracks and remixes by Beckers, Redraft Memories, Mario Foksa, Ecco, Daniele Kama, Darouge, Mylan, Filth & Splendour, Charles Ramirez, Stan Garac, Valeria Croft, Joal, Sean McCaff, Wonji, Lights Electronika, Yanysh, Poison Pro, Luckoni, Diego Alvez, Baum, Peker, MGC, Fabinii, Element, Recess and Project KF.
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Fifth installment in the Deep Worx series, this time with original tracks and remixes by Joal, Piek, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Scrub, Jon Sine, Ariel R, Oraa, Ecco, Maertz, Luis Bravo, Jon Sweetname, Charles Ramirez, Marc Cotterell, Felipe L, Ittai Barkai, Marcelo Nassi, Ahautzab and Rob McCarthy.
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2013 edition of our WMC Miami series, this year including original tracks and remixes by John 00 Fleming, Velvet Girl, Nancy Burrello, Tom Conrad, Andre Bonsor,Van Bellen, Rishi K., Natalia Data, Ed Lee, Manu Riga, Solar Fields, Blufeld, 06R, Airwave, Nico Parisi, Moshic, Arthur, Manos, LoQuai, Shimmer, Digital Angel, Matteo Monero, Thomas Genchev, Mindgamers, Metodi Hristov , Chantola, Matan Caspi, Crocy, George V, The Revolving Junkie, Mylan, Dee Brown, Diego Alvez, Ecco, Chanelle Pearl, Andree Wischnewski, Eric Kanzler, Mr. Dello, Sa.Du, Oliver Moldan, Oliver Moldan, Oz Romita, Billy Mason, Lights Electronika, Valeria Croft, Daniele Kama, Piek, Wonji, Gabriel Feitor, Tiago Ribeiro, Dimitry Liss, Rogerio Martins, Nasrawi, Project KF, RV, Jimmy Galle, Ittai Barkai, I3000, and Prompter.
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.
New installment in the My House Is Your House series with original tracks and remixes by Accatone, Piek, Lights Electronika, Wonji, Alex Agore, Charles Ramirez, GarcyNoise, Diego Alvez, Solunamanalia, Dimitry Liss, Daniele Kama, Murat Uncuoglu, Frank Storm, Joal, Rogerio Martins, Evren Ulusoy, Nick Devon, Oliver Maier, Tiago Ribeiro, Joao Teixeira, Brett Lawrence, Submantra, Jon Sweetname, Pablo Gael, Costas Papa, Davide Marchesiello and Maertz.
Piston serves up yet more superb deep house with a collaboration between Lights Electronika and Valeria Croft with their Connections EP. This not the first time these guys have been together, they have joined forces on labels like Wasabi and Minim.all, and they are also no strangers to Piston Recordings with a few releases under their belts.
Residing between Helsinki and St Petersburg Lights Electronika aka Max & Leon have been prominent producers since towards the end of the nineties. In 1999 they parted ways with each going on to learn more and more about music and become better producers. Leon pursued D n B and Max began to DJ, they came back together and Lights Electronika was ready to unleash more of their unique style of house.
Valeria Croft is a Russian producer and DJ, she has enjoyed many gigs around Europe and Asia and has a nice collection of releases to her name. She was more into a housey style but has moved into the deep house and funky side. She teamed up with Max & Leon in 2010 and a steady flow of popular tracks followed.
First up we have the title track Connections which can only be described as funky deep house, real cool vintage drums and percs with an almost bouncy bassline. Loads of FX fill up the space on this track and add extra weight, there is a spoken vocal coming in that works very well with the track.
Awesome People continues on the funky deep vibes, you can pick up on the unique vintage style of this track from the kicks and percussions, brilliant stuff. The tune builds slowly and then a killer crisp hat takes centre stage over a cool bassline and a Jamaican type vocal sample, again the FX are high quality and fit nicely into the tune.
Chilie is a much more melodic track with lots of different layers on the synths coming together to deliver a fine deep house vibe, very gritty sounds on the percs and a deep deep bassline. Real laid back groove on this and one that will keep you hooked into the many sounds that raid your senses.
Tuba Jam takes a route into the world of simply amazing drum and percussion arrangement, listen as the complex maze of sounds are perfectly crafted into an almost tribal feeling deep house joint. Great deep bassline turns funky little riffs and a melancholic string plays sweetly in the background. On the break the strings take centre stage until the track kicks back with an infectious rhythm.
After a great run of releases in labels like Cecille, Paulatine, Brise Records, Inmotion Music, Sphera and others, Piek is back to Piston Recordings with a smashing new single, Susurros, featuring remixes from Cosmic Cowboys, Efron, Lights Electronika and Muk.ti.
Support from: Support from Alex Flatner, Chaim, GarcyNoise, Ka§par, Michel de Hey, Nic Fanciulli, Olderic, Patrick Zigon, Paul Hazendonk, Rui Vargas, Slam, Toni Rios, etc.
EPISODE 51: George V – Beauty Of Life (Green Martian)
George V makes a comeback to Green Martian, after the well received Africa single earlier this year.
This time we have the original track Beauty of Life plus three remixes from Manu Riga, Zakat Project and oneUP, making this a strong package.
George V is supported by artists like Airwave, Insert Name, Chantola, Andy Tau, Marko La Rocca, Suzy Solar, DJ Vincenzo to name but a few.
EPISODE 52: The French Connection – Dope And Deep (Bonzai Basiks)
New release from French Connection, this time in Bonzai Basiks.
The release comes with two original tracks, Dope and Deep, plus 2 And A Half.
The French Connection is supported by artists like Jamez, Graham Gold, Zeil100, Fab Code, Jimmy Galle, Tali Freaks amongst many others.
EPISODE 53: Citizen 42 – Focus EP (Bonzai Progressive)
Citizen 42 is the Techno and House alias of Andy MacDougall aka Andy Tau.
Over the last few years Andy has been releasing trance and progressive under the pseudonym Andy Tau and Trilucid, with regular support from top DJ’s and a string of succesful releases on several high profile labels, as well as tracks featuring on Trance Nation mixed by Andy Moor, Gatecrasher Anthems mixed by Paul van Dyk, Trancemaster 7001 and many more.
As well as his involvement in trance Andy is also an accomplished house and techno producer releasing music as Citizen 42, with several tracks lined up for release throughout 2010 and 2011.
In this release for Bonzai Progressive he offers us two original tracks, In Focus and Castle.
EPISODE 54: Solartoff – Deep In The City (Eyepatch Recordings)
Solartoff life is all about music. He is foremost a DJ and spinning the decks
is what he is living for and this is what he has been doing for the past 10 years.
Solartoff is definitely a man that truly has a style of his own. His passion is to combine different styles of music with his formidable mixing skills thriving to present the perfect set full of personality.
Growing up in the mid-90s, the strongest musical influence on his life was Marek Bilinski a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Poland. Listening to the vibes of the electronic music scene Solartoff soon became part of it.Today Solartoff is read to sweep the dancefloor and surprise the people with his gorgeous sets without musical boundary.
He is always searching for the striking impulses in club music to turn the hours on the dancefloor into special and lasting moments.
He loves to play long DJ-sets benefiting from ability to mix whatever music he pleases selecting with good taste and feel from a range of music.
He loves to switch styles from Deep House, to Tech House or else Funky House.And as long as the people keep moving on the dancefloor: Who cares? Solartoff does not because to him its about making people move. And whenever the crowd thinks he got his style he is already up for something else.
EPISODE 55: Lights Electronika & Valeria Croft featuring Kash – Multiply (Piston Recordings)
The Lights Electronika project started in the end of the last millennium at one of St.Petersburg’s high schools where the project’s future creators met. Max and Leon shared the same passion for music, hip hop being their major interest. First thoughts about electronic music came to them in 1998 after the guys saw a TV show dedicated to new music styles of the time.
In 1999 the duo lost each other for a while Leon moved to Finland, but after a year they met again in Helsinki where they got to know drum and bass music and went in that direction. Max and Leon dived into the fast-changing world of electronic music. Soulful and Atmospheric D’n’B pushed guys to transform their affection to the style into something more than just a hobby.
Leon learned to use music software to write his first D’n’B samples in Finland while Max started his professional music career as a Dj at one of St.Petersburg’s music promo groups. After gaining the needed experience and some success with audience, Max and Leon united to create a joint project, which started off as a series of parties dedicated to drum and bass.
In 2007 the guys finally got the opportunity to work together when Max moved to Finland. Meanwhile they began to develop an interest to the house music and new experiments led to the creation of the Lights Electronika/Synthetic Pigments projects. The latter one was fully dedicated to the soulful D’n’B.
Since 2007 Max and Leon proved themselves to become a significant part of the electronic world of Finland’s capital with their sets played in mainstream clubs of Helsinki…
EPISODE 56: James Brook – Breakaway (AU Records)
James Brook’s real name is actually the direct translation to his home language, Tiago Ribeiro. Born in 1991, Portugal, deejaying since 2007 and producing since the begining of 2008 (at the age of 16 years old), Tiago started searching for his own sound style and worked on several projects such as “Pry” (where he have produced various variants of house music and released tracks on reknown labels such as “Sundesire”, “Indalo”, “Doctormusik”, “AU”, “Loop 128″ or “Kaos”, selling music worldwide) or “Golden Drop” (where he’ve produced is own played solo pianos, trip hop and experimental sounds).
After 3 years of artistic and technical refining, Tiago Ribeiro iniciated “James Brook” project, where he makes progressive house music, always obeying to the highest professional artistic and technical quality standards, and always keeping a smooth artistic line between his tracks.
EPISODE 57: Oz Romita – The Ultimate (Mint & Mustard Recordings)
Oz Romita is known for his fresh and energetic style. Over the years he developed a very wide and various taste for dance music, thanks to his residencies in clubs. All records he spins are selected with great care, to create a powerful set. His capacity of mixing ranges from tribal and uplifting beats, to tech house, minimal and techno. He knows how to handle the crowd with everything he has got and he defo knows how to keep people dancing.
Oz Romita, born in Izmir, Turkey and raised in Amsterdam, has been working and rocking the scene since 1997. Worldwide he played in clubs and parties such as, Club Panama, Club Ministry, Bliss Deluxe, In Bed with Space (Amsterdam), Circo Loco (Antwerp), Café d’Anvers, La Rocca, Noxx, Hali Karnas, Scene, Infinity Festival, Suppercub Cruise, Luxurush, Heineken Music Hall, Mysteryland, Marcanti, Club Home, Lexion, Full Moon Parties (Thailand), Santa Fe, Green Mango, Le Ranch, Club Cinco and many others.
Oz Romita’s sets are played on worldwide radio stations: Ibiza Global Radio, Bass Lover, Ramp Radio, Deep FM, Decibel, 365LiveRadio on 365MAG, Deep & Loud on Homses.net
Through the years he has spinned with many great DJs, such as: Funkerman, Koen Groeneveld, Desyn Masillio, Patch Park, Lucien Foort, Carl Cox, D. Ramirez, Sossa (Circo Loco), Jose de Divina (Circo Loco), John Digweed,
Chris Lake, Sin Plomo (In Bed With Space), Dr. Kucho, Hardsoul (Roog), Erick E, Laidback Luke, Shinedoe, Kabale und Liebe, 16bit Lolita’s and many more.
EPISODE 58: Daily Dose – Waiting For (Howz Choonz)
Daily Dose is born in Belgium in the year 1989.
At an early age he discovered Electronic Music.
On his sixteenth birthday he got his first set of turntables and started to buy his first records.
Everybody in his family played an instrument but he chose the path of electronic music and it did not take long before he started producing his own tracks.
Slowly he discovered more and more about the wonderful world of electronic music.
He went through a wide variety of different electronic musical genres but ended up with developing a more focused interest in funky and deep sounding house, minimal and techno.