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Rob Small is fast becoming one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the UK’s House & Techno scene. His style of Synthetic Techno and ‘Proper’ House Music dj sets has seen him devastate clubs the world over.
Growing up in the early 90’s and listening to Electronic Music was the main influence on Rob, with House & Techno being at the forefront of his inspiration. No stranger to the scene – at just 19 years old, Rob started his own club night off in September 2006. This event (named ‘Friction’) was held at one of the UK’s most infamous and undergrounds nightclubs – ‘The Mint Club’. The event was not only a platform for Rob to develop his own skills, but was also to showcase the talents of the many artists & performers from the North of the UK, some of which have gone to perform alongside the likes of Sven Vath, Ricardo Villalobos, Jamie Anderson, Loco Dice to name a few.
As a result of this event, Rob was approached by the North of the UK’s Underground Electronic Music Magazine ‘Traffic’ to be interviewed and featured in it for his efforts in his career, thus paving the way for his next step. After publicly charting and supporting various home grown talent, Rob was asked to come on board the now worldwide supported ‘Breakoutaudio Records’ as the main A&R consultant. The label had achieved more in a mere 18 months than most have in a decade due to, at the time, having a string of successful releases from the likes of Paul Woolford (2020 Vision Records, R&S Records), Audiojack (2020 Vision Records, Get Physical), & Deepchild (Kompakt, Trapez Records) and hosting label parties across the world at the likes of ‘La Terrazza’ in Barcelona to the WMC in Miami.
This new-found passion for the industry triggered Rob’s enthusiasm for music production, and in January 2009 his Detroit Techno influenced ‘Torment EP’ was snapped up and released on Selektor Music – a USA based label hugely supported by the industries best. Subsequently Rob went on to have a string of releases on various imprints across the globe, from Poland to Portugal, and France to South America, all of which resulted in him catching the attention, support and recognition form the industries finest such as Luciano, Laurent Garnier, Robert Owens, Jamie Anderson, Claude Vonstroke, Manuel De La Mare (303 Lovers), X-Press 2, Yves Eaux (Global Dj & Producer on Sander Kleinenberg’s Little Mountain Records label), Roger Sanchez, Gary Beck (Minus), Jet Project (VIVa Music), Murray Richardson, Terry Francis (Fabric), AudioJack (2020 Vision), Slok (Get Physical), Harold Heath (Lost My Dog), Dj Simi (Sci+Tec), Henning Richter (Beef Records), Rob Pearson (Evasive Records/Plastic City), Lunacy Sound Division (Cubism), Matthias Vogt (Motorcitysoul/Cocoon), Nils Nurnburg (Dessous/Save Room Records), Carlo Lio (Rawthentic) & Demi to name a few.
His debut Deep-House release on ‘Soulman Music Records’ entitled ‘Alto’ went straight to number 5 on the Beatport Deep House top 10 chart – thus thrusting him into the public eye, this release being one of three to hit the top 100 of it’s genre on Beatport just day’s after it’s release. His releases have been played and supported heavily on the likes of ‘Ibiza Global Radio’, to ‘X – Press2’s Ministry Of Sound Radio’, to Roger Sanchez’s ‘Release Yourself’.
Rob has played in super-clubs around the world alongside both well established and Up & Coming talent – highlights of these experiences come in the form of two Ibiza tours, and UK touring dates alongside Sasha, Matthias Tanzmann, Robert Dietz, Damian Schwartz, Jamie Jones, amongst many others.
All this, along with an exciting Dj Schedule has resulted in Rob becoming a prolific producer and in demand artist, and has now made many collaborations and completed remix duties for world-renowned labels.
This single release comes with the original track “Bad Wednesday”, plus two remixes by Villa Gombao Inc. and Mute:.
Piston Recordings welcomes Charles Ramirez back to the family after a well received remix in 2010, now with two original tracks, Sundays In The Shade and Poison In My Leg.
Being the resident DJ of one of the biggest clubs in Spain, Txitxarro, and already with licensed tracks to high profile compilations like Roger Sanchez’s Release Yourself, this is one highly expected release in our catalog.
On top of that we got Piek and the label head honcho Rogerio Martins on remix duties.
Worth to mention the work Piek has been doing lately with releases in various labels like Diynamic, Sphera, Einmusika and licensed tracks on CR2 and Fabric compilations!
This release already has early support & plays from: Laurent Garnier, DJ Sneak, Coyu, El_Txef_A, Inkfish, Sasch BBC, Slam, SIS, Chaim, Mihai Popoviciu, Bloody Mary, Simi, Sami Wentz, Villa Gombao Inc., Nils Nürnberg, Feygin, Nino Santos, Paul Hazendonk, to name but a few.
Villa Gombao Inc. are Alvaro Villa & Alex Gombao , a newcomer couple of Spanish producers and DJs from the Costa Blanca (Alicante/Spain).
Their love and defense of House music and several years of work together as djs, was the key to earn the respect of prestigious professionals in the sector, who have agreed to define them as one of the promises with clearer ideas of the Spanish scene.
Together they have been playing in the most important Spanish Clubs such as Pacha Ibiza aswel as touring internationally in countries such as the UK, Croatia and Canada.
This release features two original tracks, El Dafunke and Just A Feeling plus a Piek Remix fo El Dafunke.
Supported by Uner, Coyu, Dani Casarano, Niko Lahs, Patrick Zigon, Hector Couto, Garcy Noise, Slam, Alexi Delano, Scumfrog, Tom Novy, etc.
EPISODE 25: Alfa Rhythm Boys – Agogo (Mint & Mustard Recordings)
Alfa Rhythm Boys single release on Mint & Mustard Recordings. Agogo includes original mix plus remixes from Alessandro Diga and Phunk Division.
EPISODE 26: Ignacio Demaria & Steve Prior – Friday (Jamez Remix) (Bonzai Basiks)
After the sucess on Bonzai Progressive, US based Ignacio Demaria & Steve Prior’s Friday gets a remix treatment done by Dutch DJ/producer Jamez and Project KF. For the fans we’ve added all the original mixes on top of this release.
EPISODE 27: Sovve featuring Devize – Nowhere (Green Martian)
Solveig Skoglund aka Sovve is a 21-year-old female progressive trance producer from Sweden. This is her latest release, called Nowhere, featuring vocals from Devize. The single comes with the original mix, plus a dub mix, for those who prefer not to have the vocals. A talent to remember for the future of progressive music and all fans of deep, emotional music!
EPISODE 28: Rodrigo Soria – Amarelo Verde (Efron Remix) (Piston Recordings)
Rodrigo Soria makes a comeback to Piston Recordings after the well received Ginga People EP last year. This time around we have a single track, Amarelo Verde, a deep tech journey into the realms of this brazilian talent. On top of that we add an Efron and a Richard Savani remixes to make this a top notch package!
Rodrigo Soria makes a comeback to Piston Recordings after the well received Ginga People EP last year. This time around we have a single track, Amarelo Verde, a deep tech journey into the realms of this brazilian talent. On top of that we add a Efron and a Richard Savani remixes to make this a top notch package!
Early support & plays from:
Kenny Larkin: Supporting the Original Mix 7/10
Sash BBC: The Efron Mix is dope! Thanx 6/10
Slam: Cool EP – Playing thanx 7/10
Lance Desardi: Deep and bangin.Good combo….:) 7/10
Timo Garcia: I like the Savanni Remix the most 7/10
Chaim: Nice trax, thank you 7/10
James Grindle: Emotive deep minimal techno, great late night jams. 9/10
Paul Hazendonk: Efron remix is my fav 7/10
Ken Fan – Quality house music, nice 10/10
Jose Maria Ramon: Yesssss cool!!! 7/10
Anderson Noise: Good stuff! 9/10
Alexi Delano: Nice and deep! 8/10
Nico Lahs: Efron Remix 7/10
George Delkos: wohaaa!efron does the job once again here. loving it 8/10
Tim Baker: Great Remixes 6/10
EPISODE 10: Lights Electronika – RA EP (Piston Recordings)
Lights Electronika presents us a two original tracks EP with dark tech house detroit techno influences. Piek & Thinaik refresh RA with a moody but yet, amazing remix. Early support from Nic Fanciulli, Oren Bi, MUTE, Wyndell Long, Woody McBride, Zoo Project, Paul Hazendonk, Anderson Noise, Jussi-Pekka, amongst others.
EPISODE 11: Ehsan Zadegan – Dear Ego EP (Mint & Mustard Recordings)
Tech House release for Ehsan Zadegan on Mint & Mustard. Ehsan, aka Koen, hails from Toronto, Canada, and this is his first release under his new moniker. With previous releases in labels such as Aenaria, Low Pressings, Bonzai Basiks, Eyepatch Recordings amongst others, this new project is a great promise.
EPISODE 12: MiniTech Project – Waver Program – Remixes (Bonzai Basiks)
After the success of the original release, MiniTech Project is back with a revamp on Waver Program, plus Lucio Grandi and Project KF on the remixes.
Paul Hazendonk placed Lights Electronika – RA (Piek & Thinkaik Reinterpretation) at nº1 on his Junodownload March 2011 chart.
Lights Electronika presents us a two original tracks EP with dark tech house detroit techno influences.
Piek & Thinaik refresh RA with a moody but yet, amazing remix.
Early support from Nic Fanciulli, Oren Bi, MUTE, Wyndell Long, Woody McBride, Zoo Project, Paul Hazendonk, Anderson Noise, Jussi-Pekka, amongst others.
Nic Fanciulli played The Bunker from Efron on the last episode of his Worldwide Sounds podcast!
Our boys down at Piston, Rogerio Martins and Accatone, were interviewed last January when they were in Bilbao, Spain for a gig at Gau Elektronikoa.