Satour aka Satur returns to Piston with Disconnect EP and is joined by fellow DJ, producer, remixer and singer David Van Bylen. We last caught a glimpse of Satour on Piston back in September 2015 when he joined forces with Pandeo on their debut Kindel. Heavily influenced by 70’s rhythm and groove this guy definitely knows how to work a sound and bring rhythms to life, great to see him back once more. David debuts on Piston and brings a very diverse set of skills that allows him to move between many styles and genres. He has DJed at top venues and played with top jocks from around the world. On the production front he has worked with many great artists and his work as a composer and producer transcends the boundaries of pop and dance music, having signed several soundtracks for documentaries, short films, commercials and TV shows, and even movies.
Disconnect intros with an upfront, upbeat tech house vibe complete with a nice thumping kick drum, crispy hats and a very cool vocal that gets laced with an array of even cooler FX. A deep probing bassline comes through and sets the track up for a groovy ride into tech town as the drums form up to bring a solid rhythm. On the break we are treated to some expert pitching keys and pads that deliver a surreal edge to the sound before those tight beats and bass return for the duration. An excellent slice of tech and a must have track no doubt.
Marketplace sets off with a very cool synth sound that is soon joined by a punchy kick drum and an array of bright hats and cool percussion patterns. A retro theme comes off the drums and binds beautifully with the quirky nature of the synths as they rise in pitch. The vocals are neither sung nor spoken, a strange mixture of the two and this works perfectly with the sound adding eclectic textures and character. A space age synth appears taking the track to the next level before we get back to the down and dirty of this solid groove. Superb stuff here that offers a sideways look at tech, not to be missed.
Fresh off the back of his last Piston cut – Sot Vaed – Swedish DJ and producer Victor Bergh aka Victor Berghmeister returns with another fine slice of deep house pleasure on his two tracker Deltahouse. Always an exciting time when this guy drops his tunes into the office and this time around is no exception, listen and learn.
The title track Deltahouse intros with a very classy kick drum and hi hat combi, straight away you feel locked into a deep groove and this feeling grows as the layers build. In the background a high string hangs in the air as percussive elements form up. The track breaks to reveal a muffled vocal that yields to more percussions before the beats return along with a warm chord and abyss level basses. The vocal comes to the fore soon after and is accompanied by some dialogue, but the vocal steals the show with its catchy appeal and cool lyrics. An expertly crafted piece that will sit beautifully into the more groovy peak time sets.
Las Legos is up next and sets of with a top notch punchy kick drum and bright crispy hat combi. Percussions start to build all around and form into a solid rhythmic groove that is complimented by some very cool chords and keys. A Barry White-esque vocal comes through adding a sultry tone to the groove. The deep nature of the sound ensures an equally deep groove that oozes sex appeal. The bassline is the icing on the cake here as it struts along playfully and marrying perfectly with the keys. If you’re looking for something to keep the hot and sweaty floors grooving then this is your cut, not to be missed.
Italian DJ and producer Mirko Gorelli debuts on Piston with the superb House Culture. Having started out in music from a young age this guy quickly learned the tools of his trade and began performing at top venues from he was 18 years of age. His passion for music remains strong and his love of house music took him to the studio where he has created some cool cuts over the last couple of years with appearances on labels such as DOC Music and Conscious.
House Culture sets out its stall with a pacey kick and hat combi that brings a fresh upbeat vibe that nestles into a pumping tech house groove. Cool stabs litter the sound as a subtle vocal lurks in the background. A raucous bassline dominates the low end as it probs its way through the sound to the backdrop of those steady beats. A real nice slice of tech that will inspire any floor to get and get down.
Bliss intros with a punchy kick drum and crisp hat combi alongside some cool percussive elements. A deep resonating bass comes through and beefs up the groove as the layers build. A cool vocal with an equally cool fading effect adds a little spice to the sound as the drums start to break up before coming back together to form a solid 4×4 rhythm. Excellent stuff here that will be a welcome addition in your sets.
Sardinia born DJ and producer Mend returns to Piston with the fantastic three track EP entitled Visionair. We last caught a glimpse of this guy back in 2013 with his debut slice – Metroplex EP, and since then he has appeared on a few compilations Including Ibiza 2015 on Bonzai Progressive and Best Of Piston 2014. Delighted to see him back once again and we look forward to more, but for now enjoy this super fine deep and tech house cut.
Visionair opens with a nice punchy kick drum that delivers a solid thud alongside slicing hats and a mesmeric pad. A probing bassline comes through and sets up a powerful groove for us to get down to. Tight drums and expert arrangement provide a fine flowing rhythm as the track locks us in with its relentless tech house groove. A definite must have track that is sure to keep the floors rocking long into the night.
Goodlife intros with a powerful punchy kick drum that leaves a nice bassy trail on the end. Bright crispy hats slice through the low frequencies with ease and set up the foundation for a nice flowing rhythm. Warm pads break through and introduce a deep throbbing bassline that delivers a sublime deep house groove. Strange, surreal synths fade up alongside some cool FX and those warm pads reappear creating a wonderfully contrasting sound. Beautifully layered sounds that are not to be missed.
System84 delivers a retro style sound that will give the oldskool crew something to focus in on. The drums here are exquisite and are expertly arranged with tech house in mind to deliver a solid rhythmic groove which sits on top of a deep sub bass. In the background a distant vocal fades in and out alongside some quirky synths and a mesmerizing pad that hangs in the air. The groove intensifies as the layers build resulting in a wild and crazy drum party that will definitely get the floors moving.
Piston firm favourite Marco Madia returns with his fifth outing – Swanning Up EP. His last outing came back in February with ExoS Lucius EP which went down well with great support coming in from all quarters. He has also made appearances on several compilations for Piston and Bonzai including Tech House Toolbox 4, My House Is Your House 10 and Best Of Piston Recordings 2014. Always great to see him round these parts and no doubt we’ll see more soon.
Mute Swan intros with a real smooth tech house vibe complete with a chunky kick drum and slicing hats that cut through the low end with a sharp edge. A probing bassline ducks and weaves through the track as cool chord stabs fade in. The chords and bass work in tandem creating a fantastic groove to get down on the floor to. A proper slice of club music that is not to be missed.
Trumpeter Swan sets off with a muted kick alongside a cool closed hat that delivers a defining snappy hit. Deep synth chords fade in alongside a smooth plucky bassline delivering a cool tech flavour to the sound. The synths create a real nice colourful texture as they twist and bend throughout. Nice thick sounds for the floors here and a must have track for sure.