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RICK WADE – I KNOW UR THERE EP
May 2017 22

Prolific house music aficionado Rick Wade returns to Piston Recordings with his fourth slice of house music goodness for our listening pleasure. Detroit based Rick is highly revered in the industry for his dedication to the true purposes of house. Also known as Big Daddy Rick and Dr. Low-Tech, he 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. His last outing here – Daedalus – was very well received as expected and we’ve no doubt this one will hit the floors in time for the Summer months.

I Know Ur There gives us that classic pumping kick drum and crispy hi hat with scattered percussions combo on the intro. The track suddenly breaks to reveal the warmest chords and endearing club style vocal. The beats return and you know you’re in for a real treat. Those chords remain a constant and are joined by high strings and brighter, simple notes which add texture to the sound. A relentless floor move here no doubt, a must have.

Seen Things opens with a cool spoken vocal to the backdrop of warm pads and high strings. A deep probing bassline joins in before a subtle kick drum arrives with bright crispy hi hats in tow on the offset. The pads mesmerize creating a melancholic groove that is built upon with the addition of soft synth stabs and cool FX. The vocal returns adding character to the sound making this the perfect weapon for the late night sessions.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/i-know-ur-there-ep/2011097

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MIKE DENITZ – IT’S HERE EP
May 2017 22

Madrid based DJ and producer Mike Denitz returns to Piston Recordings for his second stint with the superb It’s Here EP. His last effort here – Come Back EP – proved popular among many and we’ve no doubt this one will follow suit. Since then he has released on several labels as well as featuring on My House Is Your House 14 for our parent label Bonzai Progressive. Nice to see him back for more.

This three tracker serves up a real nice tech house treat that gives us plenty of reasons to hit the floors. First up we have It’s Here which intros with a pumping kick drum and shuffling hi hat combo. The deep basses have a building intensity which comes to the fore on the break creating a solid groove to get down to. Top notch stuff. Next up we have Chop That which sets out with punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions before a deep rumbling bassline takes over dominating the groove. Cool vocal shots litter the sound creating a dynamic layer while pads float across the spectrum. Superb stuff with a pounding beat that is not to be missed. Rounding off this fine pack we have the deeper One More Time with its slightly more minimal approach. The drums beat out a steady groove as sub level basses rattle the bass bins. Intense pads rise up alongside distant rave synths which are joined by a very cool spoken vocal creating an intriguing narrative. Excellent stuff once again that will not disappoint.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/its-here-ep/2011114

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MIRKO GORELLI & PIERPAOLO PIEROTTI – BASSONE UK
May 2017 15

Italian DJ and producer Mirko Gorelli is back at Piston and is joined by fellow country-man, DJ and producer Pierpaolo Pierotti on the superb Bassone UK which is backed with Pump Up The Bass. Mirko’s last outing was back in 2016 with Travel which proved popular among many. Delighted to see him back at Piston as we just love what this guy does with music. Pierpaolo Pierotti spent his adolescence listening to house music between clubs and music cassettes. His journey begins as P.R. and event organizer leading him to work with some of the best Italian clubs including Aqva Discovillage Numana, ECU Rimini, Syncopate and Prince Riccione.

Bassone UK intros with cool classic style pumping kick drum and shuffling hi hat combi. Sharp claps and sporadic snares add movement to the rhythm getting us right into dancefloor mode. A prominent deep throbbing bassline comes through to dominate the groove before the track breaks to reveal remnants of oldskool drum and bass sounds. The synths are simply outstanding here and they capture the essence of house music in tech format. A top notch slice that is not to be missed.

Pump The Bass is the perfect title for this one, right from the off you know the bass is gonna get pumped as a tight drum section takes us up to a short break before the inevitable bass pumping begins. The track is elevated to classic status instantly thanks to the use of a much loved acapella from 1988 that fits so perfectly into this contemporary groove, gimme a phat beat, anyone. Swelling chords accompany the vocal adding richness to the sound making this an absolute must have track for any party set.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/bassone-uk/2000079

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