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Piston Recordings
Oct 2016 24

Gebreski makes a debut appearance on Piston Recordings with the fantastic Dragones & Serpientes. Since the first quarter of 2016 Gebreski has been churning out quality vibes on various labels which have gained a lot of support right across the world. A mysterious character with a rising profile on the scene, we don’t know too much about this artist just yet, but what we do know is, the music is superb. Stay tuned for more.

Dragones entices with its deep, dark and techy vibe that gets a hold of your senses right from the off. A fantastic deep probing bassline flows effortlessly through the sound as tight punchy kick drums and slicing hi hats deliver a solid rhythmic flow. The stand out action here though is the vocals, they captivate and intrigue, and alongside an array of quality FX they play on the imagination beautifully. A wonderful slice of tech house for the floors that is not to be missed.

Serpientes delivers a solid tech groove that will definitely get the floors moving. Leading the way is a brilliant punchy kick drum and alongside sharp crispy hats they etch out a cool dancey rhythm. The bassline is boss here as it dishes out its dominant groove with a very cool vocal popping up through the phrases. A superb hypnotically charged chunk of tech house that will fit nicely into any late night set.


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Oct 2016 24

Rubba J aka Jan Costermans hits us up with his third Piston release entitled Aqua Park. His previous outings – The Next and The Art Of Doing Nothing – both hit the mark and gained some great support. Having honed his skills using a drum machine and a guitar, Rubba J’s unique signature style consists of quality drum patterns and groovy synths and basses all rolled up into smooth deep house sounds. Great to see him back once again.

Aqua Park kicks off this superb three tracker and we get a real taste of this guy’s diverse style with a wonderfully deep house groove. The drum sequences alone will keep you hooked as they etch out intricate patterns and keep the rhythm flowing. The bass is powerful, it probes into every orifice of the track bringing a groovy warmth to the sound. The track is given character with an injection of cool FX and deeper sounds. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.

The Path To The Ear intros with a fantastic punchy bass stab in tandem with a very cool synth that delivers a smooth deep house vibe. Chunky kick drums and shuffling hats soon join in and we find ourselves dancing along to the groove. Cool vocals are scattered throughout adding that little extra bit of spice to the sound, bringing the deeper elements together beautifully. Get this one in your box, excellent stuff.

Play With Me opens with a nice punchy kick drum and crispy hi hat combi alongside cool building percussions that get the rhythm on the move. Melodic deep house chords burst through with a teasing funky groove that will surely get the floors moving. A bouncing bassline comes in and gels the sound brilliantly as we get lost in the groove. This one has a lot going on and a combination of loungey elements and some infectious house keys make it a definite must have.


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Oct 2016 17

Portuguese purveyor of fine ass beats and grooves, Joal, returns to Piston Recordings with the fantastic three track Fish Head EP. Joal has been responsible for some top quality music over the years and has seen many releases on labels like Eyepatch Recordings, Howz Choonz, Bonzai Progressive and Bonzai Basiks to name just a few. His last outing on Piston was back in 2014 on remix duties for Paul Rudder’s Never Ending. But, 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.

First up we have the deep and dubby acid laced Fish Head. This one burrows deep into your brain and finds its way out by bombarding your senses with scorching acid licks and some cool vocals. A super tight arrangement consisting of intricate drum patterns ensure the rhythm is flowing nicely. We are treated to some full on four on the floor beats as well as cool breaks that add a strong dynamic to the sound. Top notch stuff and a definite head turner.

Kimbra intros with a wonderfully deep and warm sound made up of chunky kick drums and a lurking bass. Crispy hats join in as a steady rhythm builds up with the introduction of various percussions. This one goes deep and taking us there we are exposed to some very well crafted sounds, just like the very cool chords and subtle acid lines that weave through the track. Surreal vocals creep in and deliver cool textures while also creating a mesmeric groove. A must have track no doubt.

XCTMNT is a nice, full on floor filler with a distinct tech house edge made up of tight drums and an ever present acid style groove. Shuffling hats and percussions dish out a solid rhythmic flow as a bubbling bassline rises up from the depths. Mysterious voices capture the imagination as intensity creeps into the sound before the acid lines are let loose on the filter. One for the dark and sweaty late night session that will not disappoint.


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