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Die Vogelperspektive debut on Piston with this three track EP entitled ‘Pumpkin Pie’. Based in Germany this collaboration is made up of one boy and one girl whose styles combine so well. Very much rooted in minimal techno this pair can stretch their imagination into many genres. Since late 2012 they have released a fair amount of tracks and remixes under labels like Auditive, URSL and Shoes Bags & Boys. The pair also perform as a DJing duo having graced the decks around Germany, most notably at 2012’s Fusion bash.
First up we have the delectable ‘Pie’, solid kicks get the groove flowing before a wonderfully deep bass blasts through. The percussion do a great job on firing up the rhythm as the track takes us deeper into darker shades of house music. A very subtle synth floats in the background but it’s the mesmerizing bass that does the trick here, superb stuff.
Next we have ‘Pumpkin’ which gives off an energetic vibe as the tempo is ramped up slightly. Nice and chunky kicks form the intro alongside sharp hats before an infectious bass drives the track forward. Stunning piece of work here as the hypnotic grooves grab hold of your senses. Definitely one to watch and a must for your playlists!
Lastly we have ‘Thanks Giv’n’, that intros with a solid kick with minimal percussions. Smooth deep house chords soon follow as crispy hats come through creating a steady rhythm. Deep basses reverberate throughout as more lush chords invade the sound. Awesome slice of deep tech here that would do well in any set.
Sardinia born DJ and producer Mend makes a debut appearance on piston with this three tracker entitled ‘Metroplex EP’. Mend has been into music from a very early age and has performed all across Europe at various events. He has released on labels like Deep Plastic Records, Vida Recordings and Clatter Records to name just a few.
Firstly we have the title track, ‘Metroplex’ which goes straight to the deeper side from the off with a wonderful well rounded kick and percussion combo. A deep bass rises from the depths to captivate the sound and settles in for a hell of a ride. Some quality FX add texture to the sound and very cool synth work sits well alongside the odd chord, sublime stuff!
‘After On The Roof’ keeps well within the realms of deep house goodness as on the intro a brilliant synth drone sits behind a cool kick and percussion arrangement. The bass soon follows and gives the track a new depth with hypnotic qualities. Subtle FX ease their way through giving the impression of a vocal sample which is very cool indeed. Top notch stuff!
‘Watergate’ sets the grooves flowing with a very cool intro including some retro styled percussions. The bassline fires up the track to perfection as it cascades through the sound. Cool vocal samples and simple one hit synths in just the right amounts add textures to the sound. Wonderful deep house vibes here, not to be missed.
Portuguese deep vibes guru Jose Reis aka Accatone joins forces with Italian DJ and producer Giuseppe D’Alessandro aka Kisk on Piston’s first release of 2014, ‘Back In Time’. Jose remains busy as ever with remix duties and original works, his latest release came via Hudd Traxx, “A Reason Not To Try” with a awesome Matthew Herbert remix . Guiseppe is making his Piston debut while he runs his own label Apparel Music which is based in the UK. He has seen a very impressive release list across many labels and his style varies with lots of diversity.
Accatone’s mix of ‘Back In Time’ delivers a solid deep house groove with cool chords and a sublime grooving bassline. The intro boasts a nice warm kick with a raspy vocal which leads into a flowing rhythm as the subtle percussions take hold. The bassline and the vocals are the main focus as the track delves deeper in the house sound. An excellent cut that will no doubt grace many a set!.
Kisk’s mix dishes out a deeper house cut with a superbly subtle intro of just low end kicks and an earthy type pad. This leads to a short break where percussions come into play on top of a cool female vocal. The track soon gets going in full on house mode as a groovy bassline takes charge. As the main break approaches the percussions ramp up a notch weaving smooth rhythms while that bass does its thing, stunning slice of deep house goodness!
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
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 appearance on Piston for Prague based producer Limyth aka Martin Vejvoda. “Reminiscence EP” comes with three superb deep house offerings.
“Reminiscence” kicks us off in style with a classic bass drum and deep house chord structure featuring sublime stabs. The rhythm builds nicely with crispy pure hats and claps before warm keys come through alongside a very cool bouncing bassline. Sweet melodic sequences add contrast and make this track a definite must have in any deeper set.
“Freeway” picks up the pace with solid flowing rhythm as the kicks and percussions begin to form. Warm and lush keys maintain a big focus throughout the track, melodies soon build and deep house bliss is reached. The bassline grabs attention with strong plucky sounds and ties the track up brilliantly.
“Formal Cause” is a deeper tough edged track with superb bass patterns and tight drum arrangements. This is contrasted by truly wonderful sweeping synth pads and expertly crafted melodic keys that weave intricate throughout, amazing stuff and definitely one to watch.
London based DJ and producer JR aka Simon Bingham, debuts on Piston with a stunning two tracker “For The OG’s” which comes fitted out with two superb remixes. JR grew up listening to his parents records, mostly reggae and soul, this solidified his Jamaican roots and helped shape his musical tastes. His older brother, the legendary DJ Grooverider, peeked his interest in electronica which led him to find house music as his forte. As a DJ, JR has played at London’s top clubs including Pacha, Brick House, Egg, Hidden and Lokee as well as Ibiza and other international stages.
The Original mix intros with a classic kick and hat combi before sliding into a smooth deep house groove with a brilliant baseline filled with a rich, lush vibe. A nice little vocal sample adds texture alongside some cool keys and great FX which makes this a must have for any house jock.
Barcelona based Fauvrelle takes on remix duties with his Fauvrelle LFO mix. He recently saw his own debut on Piston with “4 Pistons” which gained lots of support from around the world. The mix intros with snappy kicks and crisp hats adding a punchy feel to the sound, the bass goes deep with vocal snippets coming through alongside some superb synth chords. Cool piece of work on the remix here and one that will get lots of attention.
The boss of Piston, Portuguese DJ and producer Rogerio Martins, steps up with his remix. Rogerio and Piston are leading the way when it comes to house music, you just have to look at the back catalogue and the artists that make up the Piston roster to realise the sheer talent and diversity on offer. The mix intros with quirky FX and cool snares accompanied by a sharp clap, chunky kicks fill the sound and the rhythm starts to build beautifully. The baseline gives the track a bouncy feel that will have those asses shakin. On the break expertly crafted keys take the groove to a new level making this a track the dancefloors will love.
Debut appearance on Piston for Italian DJ and producer Francesco Bertelli aka Mennie. Having been around the scene for ten plus years, Francesco decided to produce under his new guise Mennie in 2011. Since then he has collaborated the likes of Mario Piu and seen his releases grace labels such as Fahrenheit, Pild Records, Melomane to name a few. Aside from producing he also DJ’s across the globe alongside many top jocks like Matthew Dear, Nick Curly, Alex Celler and many more.. “Rawaus” is a top class four tracker filled with all the delights of House.
“What You Want” is a deep organic sounding track with a real tough and gritty edge. Heavy kicks and sharp percussions deliver a smooth rhythm while the bass gets down and dirty giving that raw feel. Fantastic vocal shrieks are a cool contrast and build up the groove perfectly. On the break some classic house chords fade through, great stuff!
“Feel The Love” hits the groovy deep and funky house nail right on the head. Superbly crafted drum sections keep the rhythm flowing alongside a great short vocal sample. The grooving bass is accompanied by stunning synth chords which add that funky flavour, the break is dominated with a high pitch string that fades out to reveal this solid groover once more, a must for any box.
“Jackin” is one of those tracks that will have any floor pumping. Strong deep house grooves with added funk coming out of the bouncy bassline. Crispy sharp hats brighten up the sound and another great vocal sample is evident. On the break the house vibes continue to flood through as we are teased with some classic sounding synths, fantastic stuff that will be a welcome slice in any set.
The title track “Rawaus” is the last track on this stunning EP. The house flavours keep on coming as that intro throws out a tight and solid drum and percussion arrangement. High strings fade through and take us up to a short drop were a cool vocal sample gets a showing before slamming into a full on house joint complete with a bassline that will get any ass shakin! This will be a real floor favourite for sure.
Debut release on Piston for Yusuke Yamamoto aka Freischwimmer with his three track “Sun Shower EP”. Yusuke is a contemporary house music producer and DJ currently based in Kyoto, Japan. His authentic sound remains universal and independent of trends and periods. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen release on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His tracks are supported by a lot of big DJs including Luciano, Claude VonStroke, D’julz, Anthony Collins and Moodymanc to name a few. He also recently debuted on Eyepatch Recordings with “Yellow Edge”.
We kick off with the title track “Sun Shower”, right from the off we get a superb cut of relentless deep house grooves. Super smooth rhythms are built up with a fine arrangement while a rich vocal sample gives that deeper edge. Fantastic chords dominate the sound throughout making this track a serious must have for any set.
“Purple Bouquet” is up next, nice and cool intro with the percussions gaining dominance and solidifying the rhythms. The bassline sits perfectly behind a continuous drone that draws you in ever closer as it transforms its shape. On the short break the track drops right down before the chunky kicks thump us back into this wonderful deep groove, great stuff.
“Broken Piano” rounds up this EP in style. The kicks are punchy and will have any bass bin quaking! The groove builds slowly as the percussions come through alongside a wonderfully lush bassline. Perfectly formed house keys are the big focus with a slight detuning effect suggesting a broken piano as the title professes, this adds huge character to the track and will sit well in any set.
Russian DJ and producer Valeria Croft is back at Piston with a fine slab of deep house goodness. “Singular/Plural” is her follow up to the collaboration with Lights Electronika which gained support from all quarters.
“Singular” gets us into gear with a smooth grooving deep house vibe. The intro boasts a nice chunky kick with a cool housey synth and percussions build up gently to form a funky rhythm. The bass is minimal here which gives the track a lot of character with vocal samples adding contrast. Very cool track and expertly crafted, great stuff.
“Plural” goes a little deeper and grittier with a much more organic sound. Heavy kicks and crisp hats are the base for a strong and steady rhythmic groove. The bassline takes centre stage as it bounces along with stunning chords providing that house feeling. Again we see vocals applied to the sound beautifully and high pitched strings give a new insight to the track. Top stuff here and a sure fire hit for those deeper sets.
Rubba J aka Jan Costermans debuts on Piston with “The Art Of Doing Nothing”. Jan is a product of the oldskool hip hop years and it was during this time that he got a drum machine and guitar and began experimenting. He was searching for funky grooves like that of his peers including Prince, Herbie Hancock and others. His sound gradually changed into deep house and this led to works with other artists and solo releases on labels like, Brique Rouge and Wally’s Groove among others.
The Original Mix is a smooth deep house offering filled with warm chords and chirpy sequenced blips. Cool rhythms are built with a nice thud on the kick and a well crafted percussion arrangement backed up by quality bass sounds. The beauty of this track lies within the multi layered synths, top notch stuff.
The Deep House Edit raises the bar with a fantastic array of house sounds gelled together with precision. The intro gives off an understated kick that holds the structure brilliantly, percussions slowly come through alongside some cool and very effective synth shots. Raspy trumpet samples ease the groove along in a fine flowing rhythm. Classic styled percs begin to appear beneath a filtered piano riff as we settle in for a top class ride through house in all its glory.
The Stripped Down Edit is a tougher edged variant with gritty kicks and noisy percussions, the trumpet sample make a return to add a cool dynamic to the track. This one is perfect fodder for those later sets and will surely stand up well on any floor.
Lastly on this release we have a different track entitled “Tree”. From the off you get a big sound feel as the drum arrangement fills the spectrum. The superb synth work is a huge feature here and will keep the ear trained as the variations are plenty. Very funky workout in places that will have those asses shaking in no time, a perfect addition to any deep house set.
Spanish DJ and producer Hurlee debuts on Piston with a superb round of deep retro styled house on his “Dancing With You EP”. Hurlee has been influenced by top DJ’s from across the world and he has plied his trade on the Balearic Islands for a number of years now. He has seen releases on many labels including Gimmick Records, Reisei Records, DeepInside and Depaart.
The title track “Dancing With You intros with classy house chords over a tight drum arrangement, the bassline powers through alongside a simple but effective vocal sample and we settle into a solid deep house fuelled groove. The break brings forth some very cool retro styled synths that keep the rhythm flowing brilliantly. Top stuff that will do well on the summer floors for sure.
“My Mind” cranks up the pressure with a very upbeat groove comprising a strong kick and hat combination, a vocal sample echoes through the sound with a big impact. Chords begin to fade in and you will find yourself shakin’ that ass in no time. As we slide into the break some cleverly tweaked sounds take us up to a brilliant sequence of piano play which will make this track stand out among the crowd, very impressive stuff here and a must for house jocks all over.
“The Bass” is the hidden gem here, brilliant vocals on the intro with a cool, flowing rhythm building up nicely. The track explodes with some synth bass riffs that would not be amiss on early hardcore breakbeat cuts, this sound works extremely well on deep house and the sub bass intensifies this a great deal. Superb chords add sharp contrast to the overall vibe yet they marry up so well with the sound. A very refreshing track that is sure to be on a lot of playlists.