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Dimitry Liss is now a very regular and popular fixture at Piston. Here he shows off his latest works via a superb four tracker entitled “Electric Boogaloo Street Tapes” complete with awesome track titles!
First up we have deep organic vibes with “Pimptastic Waterloo” which intros with a cool filtered percussion and count in before getting into a classic electro type arrangement. This track oozes street and is backed up with an array of classic vocal samples and some classy deep house keys, absolutely pimptastic indeed!
“Electromagnetic Cheerleader” sends out a powerful deep groove with a superb bassline over a true house styled drum arrangement. Warm, lush keys are a big focus here but the vocal work is outstanding as it brings the vibe to life and forces you to move, top stuff and a track that will see a lot of attention for sure.
“Chocolate Dealer” raises the bar and the tempo with a much more upbeat and club fuelled vibe. Cool, crisp hats and real thumpy kick build up a steady rhythm. The bassline thunders in and brings with it a cool funky undertone, the vocals and FX add a nice flavour rounding up a stunning slice of house music. One to watch!
“Fluffernutter Buttercup” takes us deeper into the vibe with a strong and solid deep house groove. Real nice rolling bassline with accompanying drums and percs keep the rhythm flowing. Dimitry’s talents in vocal cutting, sampling and arranging really shine through here, simply stunning!
Canada based duo Hassen Kamal and Omar Bakir make up In2Deep. The guys have been around the music industry for years now and have performed alongside top jocks at top clubs all around Montreal. They have an impressive release list across many labels and are founders of Null Music. Here we see the guys debut on Piston with the superb “Black EP”.
First up we have the title track “Black” which is a wonderful journey through the darker side of deep tech house. Flowing rhythms are brought to life with a cool thumping kick backed up with some very cool percussions. The bassline is a tough, gritty affair and this sits perfectly with female spoken vocal that dominates throughout, keep your ears trained for some classic dialogue from an outstanding iconic movie.
“Walk It Off” takes us into the realm of the club with a brilliant upbeat funk fuelled belter of a track. Nice and simple classic kick, hat and percussion intro with the bassline making a cool entrance and settling into a steady rhythm. On the break some classy house chords make an appearance before powering back into this solid slice of deep house, just brilliant.
The Secrets Of The Trade is a new Piston Recordings compilation series featuring a handpicked selection of the finest Deep House tunes around. This first installment comes with original tracks and remixes by Kerri Chandler, DJ Sneak, Mark Farina, Detroit Swindle, Hector Couto, Rick Wade, Shades Of Gray, Joss Moog, Jordan Peak, Alex Agore and several others!
Purveyor of the finest deep house grooves Dimitry Liss delivers yet another slice of goodness for our pleasure with a little help from the awesome vocals of Kevin Bassett on “Nothing In Particular”. This track also comes backed up with a superb remix!
The original mix kicks off in true Dimitry style with a very unique shuffle style goin on. We get down to business soon after with a sublime synth chord that just oozes deep house. Cool strong and steady groove with a very catchy bassline and rhythmic percussions. The shining star here of course is the outstanding vocals of Kevin Barrett, soulful, sultry, sensual and funky! The lyrics are an absolute joy to listen to and they tell a cool interesting story, a must have in any club playlist.
Czech DJ and producer Michal Schwa and Australian DJ and producer Nick West make up the talented duo of Shades Of Gray. This duo have a very impressive list of releases and remixes and have had their own tracks remixed by the cream of the crop in house music. Here the guys have created a simply stunning remix, they have chopped the vocal beautifully and the arrangement allows it to stand out well. The track takes on a much more deep tech approach with the deep bassline contrasting well with a real cool house chord and some chunky often grungy synths. A wonderful array of FX adds texture with an acid blip or two filtering through, awesome stuff!
A selected few of our labels are now also available at Traxsource!
One of the original pioneers of the digital download revolution, Traxsource is the ultimate underground music store. Created by DJs for those who desire to discover what lies beyond the mainstream. Traxsource provides the finest blend of upfront underground music downloads on the planet in high def WAV and MP3 formats. Traxsource is a music store with the attitude of an indie record label, “We are underground music”.
JR From Dallas (France) and Lurob aka Luis Roberto (San Francisco) join forces to deliver an absolute stomping house fuelled EP. While the guys make their Piston debut with this release they have already a very impressive list of tracks on labels like Tango Recordings and Robsoul Recordings to name just a couple. Both these guys have house music in their bones which enables them to produce such quality, they also DJ regularly playing at amazing house inspired venues all over.
The first track up is “Deep Into”, pure and simple straight up house vibes, cool steady grooves carved up with tight drum and percussion patterns with a very effective synth line throughout. The big focus here would be the use of an all time classic vocal sample which does not disappoint.
“Cigarettes & Frites” is a much more deeper and energetic affair with a solid harder edged kick with sharp and crisp hats accompanying, the percussions are expertly crafted and we also get a top notch bassline. Again we see great use of some spoken vocals that adds flavour to the track, great stuff.
“Acid Mathematics” takes us on a different path with super laidback downtempo breaks with an awesome kick and filled with many FX and some classy sounding deep house synths. Short vocal samples pop up throughout tying the track together nicely.
Detroit legend Rick Wade joins the Piston stable with a stunning deep house release. Rick aka Big Daddy Rick and Dr. Low-Tech has literally released hundreds of tracks throughout his career on almost 50 different labels since the mid 1990’s. He is also owner of Harmonie Park Records which specialises in deep house and has been running this label since 1993. Born just outside Chicago’s South Side he started spinning in the mid 80’s in the same club where Jeff Mills was cutting his teeth. From there he went on to run his own show on WCBN and gained a name for himself on the circuit to this day.
Kicking us off is the title track “Night Flyer”, a super cool and sophisticated slice of deep house, nice steady rhythm with the arrangement backed up with little funky guitar licks. The deep vibe is generated from the wonderful synths that lock you into the sound beautifully.
“Berlin Days is a slightly more hard edged sound with a harsh, infectious bassline over some well crafted drum patterns. There is also a slight shuffle here that adds character to the sound with a high pitched string giving a contrasting vibe.
“The Well” is a true representation of the quite unique style in which Rick delivers us his sound. We have the deep house vibe on the organ, bass and drums, but there is a whole 1960’s type thriller movie sound in here also which works so well. The background flute and strings coupled with the spoken word is something very different from the norm but something that will keep any floor on the move.
Hailing from Portugal and now residing in Barcelona, Carlos “Fauvrelle” marks his Piston debut with a superb four track EP entitled “4 Piston’s”. No stranger to the electronic music scene, Carlos has a host of quality releases to his name on many labels including, Glam Records, Insert Coin, KULT, Nervous Records and lots more. He has graced the decks all over Portugal and around the world, playing in parties such as Zouk in Singapore, Pacha in NYC, Womb in Tokyo, Space in Miami, Rex in Paris and Circus in Montreal. His brilliant style of DJing allows him to fuse the old with the new and on his label In Flagrante Music he breaks down the genre defining barriers in order to avoid the dreaded pigeon-holing phenomenon.
First up we have “LSTU90″ which is an awesome classic style house party tune with some deep funky elements. The tune intros with that unique New York house synth organ and progresses well with the drums and crisp percs giving a steady rhythm. Great vocals used here with a few old school samples thrown in that will have any crowd on their feet.
“All Night” gets deeper into the groove with a cool laid back house sound, smooth steady beats with some great synth keys providing a bit of funk and a super bass keeps this groove moving. The tune gets all Barry White with a deep deep vocal popping up throughout and this adds a real cool flavour.
“Blues Train” shows us where Carlos’ style is going, he is able to give out an electro type vibe with all the elements of modern deep house groove. Familiar percs stand out well here but the big hitter on this tune is for sure the synth work, an infectious hook drives on and on with the added vocal snippets coming through, big big sound destined for a load of playlists.
Finally we have “Keep Doing It”, just simply a pure solid, driving deep house groove. Real sharp hats and a nice thump on the kick marry well with very simple yet highly effective keys. What a joy to listen to, this will grab anyone and hold them on the floors against their will!
The ever impressive Dimitry Liss returns to Piston with a stunning slice of house goodness. “Everything’s Eventual EP” adds an unusual twist to the deep house sound and does it brilliantly.
Kicking off with the original mix of “This Feeling”, taking a step back from the norm, the signature adds a sort of swing shuffle creating a cool solid groove. Very nice arrangement with a continuous male and female vocal combing well with each other. Super cool keys add funk and soul to this, something different and something awesome.
Having worked with Dimitry in the past, Naswari steps up on remix duty with his Re-Dub. Totally laidback vibe with the tempo taken way down, super crunchy bass takes the focus while the vocals from the original stand well, and again we see the signature shuffled which adds a real nice dimension.
“Let Go” continues on the same trend with the swing groove evident. Deep bass keeps the house vibe alive with a tight production all round. The vocals are the main focus and really are top drawer with an array of FX backing up the sound.
“You Ma Sugar, Ma Salt” goes deep in a chilled out kind of way. Super smooth groove winds its way through the sound with a suave R n B vocal taking centre stage and a sweeping modulated synth adds an unexpected twist.
Very inspiring work from Dimitry that will get a lot of heads turning for sure.
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.
Spanish DJ and producer Jurgi Oraa Diaz aka Oraa is no stranger to the Piston stable, having worked on many projects in the past with Piek and others we see this talent delve into the depths of house with his That Go EP. Oraa has enjoyed releases on many labels including Shugar Shock, Piston and Lantus recordings. His music has gained a lot of support worldwide with the likes of Brett Lawrence, Accatone, Rogerio Martins, Pedro Goya, DJ Fly, Jesse Voorn and DJ Sneak to name a few spinning his tracks.
“That Is” keeps us in the deep side of house with a throbbing bassline yet providing a more funked up vibe, some very cool synthy sounds are featured here and with another superb vocal sample, which adds beautiful textures to the track, there is an awesome balance that works very well.
And secondly we have “It’s Go” creating a sublime deep atmosphere, solid beats with a simple almost acid bassline, huge synths wind up throughout the track to raise a wall of filtered sounds with a real cool vocal sample added in. Super cool groove on this and is a cert to be picked up by many!