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Popular Piston Recordings contributor Daniel Ray returns for his 5th outing here with the superb Under Your Bed EP. We last saw him back in December 2016 with the impressive Low Heals before appearances on volume 8 and 9 of our Secrets Of The Trade series. Always great to hear new material from this hugely talented artist and no doubt we’ll see much more in the future.
Fede Key and Matteo Gargallo debut on Green Martian with the sublime Tesis which features a solid remix from Croatian outfit Cortex Thrill. Fede and Matteo got together in 2016 and they’ve created a special sound in the studio which will definitely get noticed. Federico Signori aka Fede Key got into the clubbing world working as a PR in 2000 at Alterego Club in Verona. In 2007 he started as a DJ playing a range of sounds from the most polished Deep House, to Tech House and Techno music. He has graced the decks with a plethora of top notch jocks over the years and has played at top clubs around Europe. In 2016 he started to produce his own music and already he boasts an impressive back catalogue. Matteo has been a DJ for many years and has also played at many top clubs alongside top jocks over the years. He is a relative newcomer to producing with his first release being a collab alongside Fede on Insist Music. A dynamic partnership with lots to offer, we look forward to more from this duo, but for now enjoy their foray into the progressive world.
German music genius L.S.G. aka Oliver Lieb throws up a nice little surprise for us with brand new remixes of his famous 1996 cut Netherworld. First appearing on his second studio album – Volume Two – Netherworld quickly became a firm favourite around the world. Oliver Lieb continues to be hugely influential to artists, his career spans almost 3 decades and in that time he’s delivered hundreds of tracks under various guises, with L.S.G. being one of his most popular. He is most known for his cutting edge techno and trance, but he also produces memorable downtempo, ambient and tech house. His works have featured on the legendary Superstition as L.S.G. with tracks like Fragile, Hearts, Blueprint, My Time Is Yours and the list goes on. Paragliders was also hugely successful as was lots of other aliases he went by. From here his tracks were picked by a multitude of labels including Hooj Choons, Yoshitoshi, Platipus and Sven Vath’s Harthouse where his Spicelab moniker dominated. In 1996 his tracks were picked up for some of our own labels starting with an appearance on XTC Trax 3 with Fontana which led to other inclusions on compilations for Bonzai Trance Progressive, Tripomatic and Tranceportation. One of the world’s best known aliases in the electronic music scene no doubt, delighted to have him on board at Bonzai.
Pavlin Petrov delivers yet another one of his magnificent progressive offerings in the form of his new Tremor EP which delivers three very distinctive sounds for our listening pleasure. This one is hot on the heels of his last outing alongside Graham Lloris and their We Are Not Alone from February 2017. Hailing from Bulgaria Pavlin grew up with music by Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangleis and Enigma. He started producing in 2005 with a keen interest in Ambient before he got more into progressive house. Since then he mixes his tracks with an ambient atmosphere which is essential for progressive house. He likes to experiment with every new track and express that deep and dark feeling dedicated to his unique style. Over the last 5 or 6 years he has released a plethora of music on various labels including Mystic Carousel Records, KP Recordings, Beat Block Records, Suffused Music as well as Bonzai Progressive among others. On top of this he has an impressive list of remixes for others making him a very much in demand artist. Always great to have his new material drop in, he never disappoints.
DJ and producer Marcelo De Almeida debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb Dub Motion EP which features three excellent cuts. Having spent his childhood in Canada listening to Hip Hop, he later moved to Portugal where he discovered a whole new world of music in the underground house music scene. After mastering the art mixing he turned his hand at music production and began to delve into deep and tech house. He is the label manager at Raw Level Records and over the years he has dished out a plethora of top notch grooves across several quality labels. We’re delighted to have him here at Piston and we hope to see more in the future.
Mike Morales aka Mi Ke returns to Piston with another round of sublime deep house grooves. This one marks his thrid outing for us having previously scored great support with Come With Me EP back in April 2017 and his debut slice, 214 EP under his Mi Ke moniker. Mike is a force to be reckoned with on the house scene as he’s been around for quite some time. He is heavily influenced by Portugal’s infamous underground scene and his name began resonating amongst established DJ’s and artists. His debut track – Dream Shattered, premiered on Digweed’s Transitions radio show in 2003 and since then he has continued to churn out top quality vibes.
Abib Djinn debuts on Bonzai Basiks with the sublime Cartago Nova EP. Abib joins us from our sister label CZ where he has already enjoyed a couple of solid releases and an appearance at the Amsterdam Dance Event. He is a self confessed genie of dark techno vibes. He loves to create decadent dark atmospheres and hard parties. A wonderful up and coming talent with a lot to offer, this guy is most definitely one to watch for the future, most likely the dark side of the future.
As we ease ever closer to our 25th anniversary we continue our run of 12 specially commissioned remixed classics with one of THE biggest hits to ever come out of Bonzai Records. Jones & Stephenson’s The First Rebirth was (and still is) the definitive soundtrack to the hard trance era and we’ve enlisted the talented Manchester based DJ and producer Matt Black to work his magic in the studio on the remix. The original track still commands a lot of respect and has been the topic of much musical debate among a vast array of different people with different tastes. Some call it chaotic confusion, others call it sublime melodic trance, but no-one can deny that struck the balance between pumping hardcore beats and energetic melody driven hard trance. Its creators, Frank Sels aka Franky Jones and David Brants aka Axel Stephenson, had unleashed a masterpiece that propelled not only their own profiles but that of Bonzai as well. The First Rebirth went on to spawn numerous re-releases and remixes and still gets a visit from many longstanding and new fans alike. Matt Black has been making music since the mid 90’s but it was when he started Segment Records in 2003 that his work really began to get noticed. Since quitting the label in 2014 he has gone on to have tracks signed to labels such as Stripped Digital, Mirabilis and Pro-B-Tech and he has had remixes on labels such as Crop Circle, Emotional Content and 3rd Avenue. His remix of Stas Drives I Feel Her Butterfly won the mix competition on Keep Thinking and was featured as part of the remix pack. In the past Matt’s music has been played by DJ’s such as Nick Warren and Hernan Cattaneo with airings major radio stations and internet stations such as Proton radio and Frisky. With more projects and releases to come in 2017 Matt continues to develop as an artist as his star continues to rise
Talented Russian duo Crossman debuts on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Pentagram which features two quality remixes from Thorin and Yuriy From Russia. With a solid release under their belt alongside Yuriy on Balkan Connection back in 2016, this up and coming musical partnership is definitely one to watch.
Fresh off the back of their last Bonzai Progressive slice – Yellow Leaves and a remix on Doriaan’s Buffet Froid, Gabriel West and Ricardo Piedra return with the sublime Roulette EP. These guys have been working together now for a couple of years and they’ve racked up quite an impressive release count on many top labels including Electrified Mindz, Krata, Dlimited, Egothermia, Zero and many more. They also enjoy DJing at various venues where they dish out their own brand of deep prog and infectious techno. They’re certainly carving a niche for themselves in the underground scene, well worth keeping an eye on.
House music aficionados Discult Soundsystem debut on Piston Recordings with the superb three tracker Onket EP. Known for their super cool parties, their Let’s Discult open air livestreams and groovy sets, we’re delighted to have this talented group on Piston. Onket settles into a deep tech house groove right from the off thanks to a solid drum arrangement and powerful chords. A wonderful bassline enters the fray as an intriguing spoken vocal delivers a narrative to create that deep groovy vibe. The drums and percussions make for a tight rhythmic display that will surely get the floors moving. As the groove powers on the chords become intensive as they get a more prominent stabby hit. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.
Molinero comes to Piston Recordings with a superb deep house slice entitled Martini EP. A fine debut we think you’ll agree, this one is definitely a keeper. Deep house grooves abound in the garage fuelled Martini that will definitely get a run out in many sets. Powerful probing basses are the order of the day here and no doubt the subs are gonna love it. A groovy drum arrangement filled with chunky kicks and rhythmic percussions keeps the feet dancing while cool chord stabs fill out the high end. A distinct intensity is realised within the track which adds to the deep nature of the groove giving you the tools to command the floor.
Don Longton shows up on Green Martian with the impressive three tracker – Breaker EP. The son of a Jazz pianist, Don was drawn into the synth sound since the early 70’s and was fascinated by the sounds of ELP, Rick Wakeman and others. He then caught the bug and started to produce his own sounds during the MIDI boom. Although he was constantly on the move, moving to new homes, he continued to play music. In his own words Don is inspired by the incredible talent within the music industry and he is on course to unleash his own sound on the world. He debuted on our flagship label Bonzai Progressive back in 2016 with the fantastic It’s Pouring Outside with much attention. Great to see him back.
Mustafa Gedik returns to Bonzai Progressive with the fantastic Anonymous which comes with two quality remixes from Robert R. Hardy and Gon Laserna. This one follows his early 2017 BP debut Rihe EP which picked up a healthy level of support from across the board. Hailing from Istanbul he’s been very active in the music scene since 2008 and has shared the stage with top DJ’s and artists as well as performances on many international radio stations. During this period he continued to develop himself and has released a ton of EP’s on various labels including Baroque Records, Weekend Music, Lohit and many more. In the studio has worked with many likeminded artists such as 21street, Andrea Bertolini, Minimize, Rafael Osmo and Strigata to name a few.
Alex Nemec & Forniva debut on Bonzai Progressive with the superb Astrid which comes backed up with two top notch remixes from Manu Riga and formidable duo Paul Angelo & Don Argento. Slovenian artist Alex Nemec started to play out in clubs around 1998 and is better known as one half of Alex and Filip and together they have scored several top tracks since 2005. In recent years Alex has performed in all the major clubs across Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Bulgaria and shared the decks with some of the world’s finest spinners such as Umek, Johannes Heil, Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy, Petar Dundov, Satoshi Tomiie, Desyn Masiello,Valentino Kanzyani, Adam Beyer and Scarlett Etienne among others. He runs Mirabilis Records and support within the industry has been well received from artists such as Hernan Cattaneo, Sasha and many more. Moke Okeric aka Forniva is a music producer and DJ from Sarajevo ,Bosnia & Herzegovina. He is known for his signature sound which is a mixture of deep, tech and progressive elements with an atmosphere hugely influenced by the 80’s music period. He is also A&R of Mirabilis Records from Slovenia, and resident and event planning manager of SIlver & Smoke Club in Sarajevo. During his career he played together with Solomun, Quivver, Javier Portilla and many more. A hugely talented pairing we are delighted to have on board.