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The legendary Rick Wade makes a welcome return to Piston with his ‘Zombie RP’ which comes backed up with a superb remix. Rick’s last outing ‘Night Flyer’ saw much support from all quarters and no doubt we will be seeing a lot more support with this latest offering.
We kick off with the Original Mix of the title track ‘Zombie RP’ which gets us moving with classic kick and hat intro. A fantastic big double bass soon takes over the sound as the grooves begin to shuffle along. A nice and warm piano finds its way in alongside a subtle stab and wispy FX. Superb stuff from Mr Wade and an absolute must for those late night groovy floors.
The head honcho at Piston, Rogerio Martins, lends his skills at the mixing desk with his Rotting Deep Remix of ‘Zombie RP’. Rogerio recently released his own ‘Gonna Be Mine’ on vinyl which is proving to be an increasingly popular choice of media in these days of technology. Here Rogerio gets things moving with a chunky kick and a superb array of hats and cymbals that give off a classy vibe. The bassline dominates the track beautifully as the main hook appears and takes us up to the break where deep chords being to rise before slamming us back into the groove, not to be missed!
‘Mighty’ is up next with a chunky intro filled with phat kicks and a cool percussion arrangement. Sweeping synths set the mood brilliantly and make way for a pulsating bassline that just rolls along the groove superbly. As the track evolves layers continue to build and result in a full flowing deep and funky house vibe. We get a few respites in the short breaks that occur before we are flung back into this relentless groove. Fantastic stuff and a track that will be a main feature in many sets for sure.
Spanish DJ and producer Mianyo debuts on Piston with an irresistible two tracker entitled ‘Beat Club EP’.
A relative newcomer to the scene Mianyo has seen releases on labels like Musex Industries and Azari Records. His tracks have been remixed by Oraa and Peter Ryan and he has turned his own hand to remixing other artists also.
First up we have ‘Beat Repeat’ which intros with a classic punchy kick and crispy percussion combo, this arrangement dishes out a nice flowing rhythm and takes us up to a smooth deep house synth that morphs at every turn. A cool and warm bass keeps this groove surging forward and the addition of a very cool vocal adds a fresh twist. The break boasts the vocal alongside some squeaky FX which works so well and leads back into the main sound for a cool and groovy ride through deep house, awesome stuff.
‘Txuribeltz Club’ gets the juices flowing with a smooth percussion driven intro which leads up to a nice thudding kick that will get that ass shaking in no time. A fantastic swirling synth chord comes through and just oozes house flavours. A super laidback groovy bass takes over and gets the track into full on house mode. On the break subtle chords filter through before a superb female vocal from Adriana Lucia dominates the sound alongside bassy shots. The track builds back up into full swing and will no doubt keep the floors alive. A tribute to the popular Txuribeltz Club which attracts many of Pistons artists and championed by the likes of Oraa and Piek.
A sublime and smooth slice that is not to be missed.
Paul debuts on Piston with the superb ‘Never Ending’ and is backed up with two fantastic remixes. Paul got into electronic music early in his life but didn’t get the behind the decks until he was about 21 years old. Soon after he decided to get into producing with the results seeing releases on labels like Dash Deep Records, Deepmentality Records and Endemic Digital to name just a few.
The Original Mix is silky smooth deep fuelled track that combines many different elements beautifully. From the steady flowing rhythms to the amazing vocal. The big feature is for sure that vocal which just captivates as it narrates its story, the deep and warm bass washes over the track effortlessly as arps weave out cool patterns. Deep house chords also play a big role and give great depth to the sound creating a stunning groove which will be a joy to listen to.
London based DJ and producer JR (UK) aka Simon Bingham returns to Piston after his debut with ‘For The O.G’s’ which performed very well getting much support. Here he pulls out all the stops to deliver a fine slice of house music. Classic kick and hat intro sets the pace along with crispy claps and a big brass stab. Smooth chords ease into the sound and take us to the vocal which is just stunning. Nice little melodic shots peek through in the form high pitched notes and lead us into a silky bass filled with warmth and depth. The bass intensifies and transforms with a much more gritty vibe coming through. On the break that gritty bass continues as a simply awesome synth riff comes into play and takes right back into this floor shaking groove, brilliant stuff.
Well respected Portuguese DJ & Producer Joal is up next with his remix. Joal has been responsible for some top quality music over the years and while this is his first outing on Piston he has seen many releases on labels like Eyepatch Recordings, Howz Choonz, Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks to name just a short few. His main outlet is his own Monog Records which he oversees as A&R, bringing in new talent and setting high standards. He also performs outstanding live shows where he showcases his skills running live studio equipment and instruments. Here he adds his superbly unique twist on the original with a fine example of his meandering style. The track intros with a fantastic punchy kick and closed hat with percussive elements building up through the sound as a hypnotic sound effect loiters in the back. The sound effects are ever evolving and add a very cool texture to the grooves. The vocal manipulation is awesome and leads us into a very soft acid type sequence that stays the course. A wonderful slice that will no doubt draw lots of attention!
Moliner debuts on Piston with this superb two tracker entitled ‘Nobody Else’.
Moliner got into electronic music in the nineties and drew influence from the likes of Mike Oldfield and Depeche Mode. He has been developing his own unique house sound since his early teens and this has been manifested in the many releases he has had over many labels.
‘Nobody Else’ intros with a smooth shuffling groove as broken kicks reside over an intricate hi hat arrangement. The track bursts into a full on 4×4 slice with a superb vocal over the top and some classy house chords on the offbeat. On the breakdown those broken beats rise up again and are joined by a silky smooth high pitched house string adding a rich texture to the vibe. A straight up party tune which will do well on the floors for sure!
‘Spain Doesn’t Love Me’ is up next and gets going with a filtered kick that soon warms up into a nice chunky thump with crispy hats alongside. A deep groovy bass soon joins in and is partnered with a funky little vocal. Strong chords are brought in and give the track a tougher vibe while on the break some cool, almost off key piano strokes come in and lead us back into this solid deep house workout!
Swedish DJ and producer Victor Berghmeister debuts on Piston with a smooth two tracker entitled ‘Leaving Yous’.
Up first we have the delectable ‘Leaving Yous’ which intros with a superbly phat and chunky kick with a nice and smooth chord fading through alongside a simple vocal sample. The chords then unleash a groovy riff and the vocals become much more prominent. All this is held up beautifully with a wonderful deep bass that would have a speaker shivering. The deep and funky levels rise on the break as the chords take control before slamming back into this full on deep house workout, brilliant stuff.
‘Slippy’ gets going with a velvety kick which is accompanied by a warm sweeping chord. Superb chords are joined by some classy and funky vocals adding great character to the track. A juggling bassline meanders through the track effortlessly while the housey keys remain a big focus which are further enhanced by the appearance of a wonderful piano riff that will get the big floors moving. A sure fire hit with those deeper sets no doubt!
Spanish DJ and producer Juanma Llopis debuts on Piston with a nice deep two tracker entitled ‘Kamatharu’. Juanma is a lover of music and is able to turn his hand to various genres, but Deep House is where he mostly resides. His DJing has taken him all over Spain and in 2011 he took up producing his own music. Since then he has appeared on labels like, Joyfull Family Records, Sound Mass Records and Vandalism Musique.
‘Kamatharu’ intros with a real cool flat kick which is accentuated with crispy sharp hats, a superb vocal begins to fade through alongside a sublime house pad, this rises and rises before crashing into the main groove which will have floors rocking all over. A super deep groove ensues with very subtle bass and a mixture of quality vocal samples. A truly surreal journey through deep house and a track that would be a welcome addition to any set.
‘Maoh’ is up next and delivers a stunningly fresh deep house vibe. Nice and crisp hats work alongside a cool kick and as the track builds we see multiple vocal samples come through adding strong character to the sound. A very subtle yet highly effective bass sits back beautifully and allows some very smooth chords to take the attention. Swirly pads dominate the break taking the track to another level before we settle back into the solid deep groove. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Piston Recordings label boss Rogério Martins is next up on his own well-established label with a new track that gets plenty of great remix treatment from Joss Moog, James Dexter and JR From Dallas.
Martins has steered his label through a dizzying amount of quality releases since 2007 picking up support from the likes of Laurent Garnier and John Acquaviva who have confirmed themselves as fans in the past and this new release is sure to find just as much favour with the top dogs.
‘Gonna Be Mine’ is the one Martins original and is a classical inclined bit of mature house music with sombre piano chords draped over nicely shuffling percussion. Subtle human sounds litter the arrangement and more lively stabs enter the fray in the latter half but essentially this is all about the warm and inviting groove.
Remixing first is Paris man Joss Moog, who has released on Robsoul and has a very uniquely musical approach to everything he does. Here he reworks the track into a bit of authentic old school disco with knotted basslines, plenty of vibrant and jangling percussion and warm chords. It’s a great rework and he also provides an exclusive digital only remix that is even more unhinged, funky and freewheeling.
Next up is young UK house talent James Dexter, who has appeared on plenty of great labels in this, his breakout year, and shows why he is so rated with this remix. It’s a stripped back and dubbed out, firmly rooted bit of house music for the heads with tough beats are and lush chords. Closing out the package is Gourmand Music boss and Chicago House purist, JR From Dallas. His Ghetto mix is suitably quick licked, dirty and sleazy, with plenty of abrasive percussive loops rattling along next to busy drums and various vocal sounds.
For house heads there can be few better labels than this, and Piston’s latest offering might just be its best yet.