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THE SECRETS OF THE TRADE 009
Jun 2017 26

Our ever popular series of high quality club cuts The Secrets Of The Trade is back once again to provide the only fodder required to get your crowd down and dirty on the floors. Now in its 9th instalment we’ve sourced 15 of the very best grooves for your arsenal. Tracks and remixes from the likes of Leandro Silva, Tuneon, Oscar Holgado, Southerm Groove, Mianyo, Marco Madia, Distilled Noise, PolyRhythm, Alex Wellman, Adriaan, Daniel Ray and label guru Rogerio Martins will most definitely ensure maximum impact is achieved. Get your hands on this one, you will not be disappointed.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/the-secrets-of-the-trade-009/2038900

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JAKHIRA – BOSTON RASCAL
Jun 2017 26

Jakhira’s next outing on Piston is the delicious deep house groover Boston Rascal which comes backed up with two superb remixes from Rubba J and label boss Rogerio Martins. UK born but now residing in Belgium, Jack delivers a certain dynamic in his sound which captivates the listener. His musical roots spread far and wide with some serious bangers across multiple genres. More recently he has favoured the deeper, soulful side of house music while maintaining a presence in other styles. His last cut for us here at Piston was a fantastic remix on Demarkus Lewis – Sing It which grabbed a lot of attention. Much more to come from this outstandingly talented artist, stay tuned.

The Original Mix intros with a classic chunky kick and crispy hi hat combi alongside a rhythmic layer percussion layer. Smooth chord pads come through leading us into a beautifully warm piano chord sequence creating a relaxed atmosphere. On the low end a deep and funky bassline dominates before the lead synth comes in to take us all the way. The track breaks to reveal more of those warming pianos and then it’s back into full swing for the duration. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.

Rubba J aka Jan Costermans is first up on the remix and once again we’re treated to some special deep grooves. Jan is a product of the oldskool Hip Hop years and it was during this time that he got a drum machine and guitar and began experimenting. He was searching for funky grooves like that of his peers including Prince, Herbie Hancock and others. His sound gradually changed into deep house and this led to works with other artists and solo releases on labels like, Brique Rouge and Wally’s Groove among others. This one marks his fourth Piston outing and follows his last slice – the superb Aqua Park EP, from late 2016. Great to see him back and we hope to see more in the future. On the remix we’re thrust into a funky workout thanks to those filtered synths and a tight drum section that dishes out a cool flowing rhythm. Swirling pads float overhead to the backdrop of a fantastic, simple short diva vocal that adds a cool character to the sound. A subtle bassline sits nicely on the bottom allowing those expertly crafted synth keys room to shine. A fine slice that will not disappoint.

Fresh off the back of his very successful 300 EP (marking Piston Recordings 300th release) as well as remixes for Demarkus Lewis, Rogerio Martins steps into remix duties once again giving us another taste of his wonderful pumping deep house prowess. With such a busy schedule we wonder how this guy does it, dedication and determination to see his vision for his label succeed is one incentive, but sheer love of music is probably more accurate. It’s usually all work and not much play with the boss, but this time we get a sense that he had a lot of play while remixing this one, turn it up and enjoy. Here Rogerio intros the remix with a nice pumping kick drum as crispy hi hats fade in alongside a wonderful staccato synth chord. A very well balanced drum section keeps the rhythm flowing while short vocals ring out alongside the main synth line melody. In the background the pads build a strong atmosphere as those hypnotic synth chords stay the course. An absolute stomper of a track that is a definite must have.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/boston-rascal/2036473

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JAMES BRUCKE – JUST LIKE THAT
Jun 2017 19

James Brucke debuts on Piston Recordings with the fantastic two tracker Just Like That. Based in Milan with numerous excursions to London, James travels between these two cities to keep himself up to date with the latest music trends. His musical influences range from classic, soul and jazz, deep house and dub to his beloved Detroit Techno and UK Garage. He grew up listening to his parents early jazz and soul records collection, the most overwhelming influence during his childhood was McCoy Tyner. In 2013, James Brucke moved to London where he started working in a production studio as sound technician. There, he began to approach analogue instruments that he still uses today in his productions. London made James even closer to UK Garage sounds which are fully expressed in his artistic mood. During summer 2015, he took part in a the famous festival Festa Della Musica in Parco Forlanini, Milan and he also performed at the Nelson Cafe opening party and at Tilt 237 club in Milan. He is really passionate about vinyl records and he frequently goes to well known records shop to update his vinyl collection.

Just Like That sets out with one thing in mind, to get the booty’s on the floors. Nice and punchy kick drums alongside a shuffling hi hat and percussion arrangement will certainly see to that. The track simply oozes a pure house vibe courtesy of a scathing chord stab that dominates the groove. On the low end we find a sublime subby bass that adds a wonderful deep layer to the track. Excellent stuff that will not disappoint.

All I Need intros with a fantastic thumping kick drum that will pound right through your torso and force you to the floor. Crispy hi hats and sharp claps complete a classic approach to the drums as warm deep house chords fade in. Cool FX create a surreal streak in the groove before a club style diva vocal rings out. Deep rumbling basses shore up the low end and show that this one has the full package and is not to be missed.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/just-like-that/2029626

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MAX BIOCCA – CALVIN IS BACK
Jun 2017 19

Buenos Aires based DJ and producer Max Biocca debuts on Piston with Calvin Is Back, a pumping two track tech house joint that will rock the floors, no doubt. In the last couple of years Max has seen several releases on labels including Beatamin Recordings and Balkan Connection Tech. His production style delivers quality vibes with every release and we’re delighted to have him on board at Piston.

Calvin Is Back intros with a subdued kick drum and various percussions before a bright crispy hi hat comes through to get the rhythm moving nicely. The kicks are soon boosted with a mighty thump alongside a deep rumbling bassline which sets the tone for the monstrous tech house vibe. In the background we find a myriad of subtle sounds that add some wonderfully textured layers and giving the groove a lot of character. One for the late night sessions here, not to be missed.

Won’t Give In sets off with a cool percussion driven intro filled with shuffling hats and sharp claps. A pounding kick drum comes through to take over and we’re soon locked into the driving tech fuelled groove. The bassline probes deep here and will definitely give the bins a bit of work to do. Throughout the track we’re treated to an array of FX and some cool keys that give a unique character to the sound. Superb stuff and a must have for sure.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/calvin-is-back/2029591

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MICHAEL BRANDI – BREAK IT
Jun 2017 12

Michael Brandi debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb tech house fuelled two tracker entitled Break It. DJ and producer Michael remains on the mysterious side, but we do know he loves to spin deep sets and his production skills are tight. Hopefully we will see more of this guy in the future.

Break It sets off with that classic kick and hi hat arrangement before various other percussions join in to settle into a smooth rhythmic flow. A sub level bass comes through and dominates the groove with its woofer shuddering prowess. A one shot vocal delivers a cool clubby vibe as that bass fades out to reveal a surreal FX driven sequence on the vocal before those tight drums and chest intruding bass returns. Excellent stuff that is not to be missed.

Ye intros with a cool muted kick drum and intricate percussion combo that teases us into wanting more thump on the kicks, and that’s just what we get as the kicks are opened up to reveal just that. The track really lifts of when the bassline slides in at a meandering pace bringing a smooth tech vibe to the groove. Hypnotic and mesmeric, this one will definitely get the booty’s shaking on the floors.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/break-it/2024204

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