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.
Italian born and London based DJ and producer PulpTalks returns to Piston Recordings with the superb two tracker – Sugar Lips. We saw PulpTalks debut here back in the Summer of 2016 with Sand which gained good support all over. With a penchant for turning out some quality vibes and for igniting the party with his DJ sets, we’ve no doubt that this guy will just get better and better.
Sugar Lips is a smooth deep house groover with a steady flowing rhythmic vibe that is made up of punchy kick drums and slicing hi hats alongside intricate percussion patterns. The bassline and synths are where it’s at here, they both combine beautifully to deliver that solid deep house groove that is sure to get the bootys on the floors, a must have no doubt.
When She Smiles intros with a fantastic heavily filtered synth that morphs brilliantly alongside a deep slow vocal. Big chunky kick drums come through and we’re taken on a deep and groovy trek filled with crispy hi hats and those excellent synths. A superb rumbling bassline sits on the low end shoring up the track and giving it a cool edge. On the break the synths are let loose before the filters kick back in leaving us wanting more. This one will definitely be a welcome addition in any late night set.
Japanese DJ and producer Ryo Kinjo aka Ryo-Chin debuts on Piston Recordings with the deep and luscious two tracker Chandan. Ryo’s music career started in 2000 as a DJ in clubs in Okinawa. In 2004 he started to produce his own sounds and he soon found his music appearing on various compilations. After releasing on a few labels he signed with Soulstar Records in 2015 where the bulk of his work resides. Since then he has topped many charts and playlists across the world. We’re delighted to have him on board at Piston.
Chandan delivers a solid deep house groove with fantastic live sounding drums and percussions bringing an authentic vibe. A nice and big chunky kick drum is also at play here adding some warmth alongside smooth chords and a lush bottom end. Cool synths add wonderful textures to the sound while giving off a funky vibe. The deep probing bassline keeps the track moving nicely making this a definite must have.
Roughing Mood is beautifully crafted slice of deep house that has a very cool unique vibe made up of warm analogue sounds and a very distinctive classic vocal sample. A tight drum and percussion section provides a nice flowing steady rhythmic vibe as the deep probing bassline weaves through the track. Warm chords wash over the sound as the classic vocal is met with a very cool diva-esque snippet. Top notch stuff that will be a dancefloor filler for sure.
Thule & Hassio (COL) join forces to deliver their Piston Recordings debut – Room Advices EP. Thule is made up of Romanian artists Iulian Arbanas and Alexandru Voicu. The guys launched Thule in 2014 and have generated a lot of interest with their strong bassline approach giving them a unique characteristic. They also drew the attention of many labels over the last few years and are shaping up to be a major force on the scene. Medellin based Hassio aka Daniel Messa returns to Piston for his full debut after his remix for Dennis Franchi featuring Angelo Dobric – Into Place, back in June 2016. He has amassed a hugely impressive release count over the last few years and has appeared on many top labels during this time. He is also a hard working DJ, playing out at many gigs around his home country and beyond. Daniel also runs events for UnderGrooveNation.
Some Advices intros with a nice upbeat techy kinda drum arrangement that will get the floors moving no doubt. A deep pulsing bass delivers a healthy dose of low end as the shuffling rhythm intensifies. Distant synths melt into the arrangement which takes us to the break where a very cool vocal comes through before we are built back up and into full on mode. Superb stuff not to be missed.
Vozic Room offers a nice and smooth tech house vibe that carries a deep flavour. Chunky kick drums lead the way with crispy offset hi hats creating a rhythmic flow. Short chord stabs fade in and out as a real deep low end bass weaves through the sound. The track gives off a cool dancey vibe with a laidback kinda groove that will definitely get booty’s shakin on the floors.
The Indian is a deep hypnotic slice of tech house. Chunky kicks and bright crispy hi hats provide the intro alongside some cool synths and eerie background pads. The bass rises stealthily through the sound becoming infectious throughout. On the break we are faced with a surreal sequence made up of those eerie pads and a mesmerizing Ethnic style male vocal that adds so much character to the sound. Top notch stuff.
French DJ and producer JR From Dallas returns to Piston Recordings after a bit of a hiatus with the fantastic two tracker Slowing. We last caught a glimpse of this guy on our Secrets Of The Trade 6 compilation a few months back, but his last full release was way back in 2013 alongside LuRob and their Deep Into EP. JR has been buys though, he continues to dish out quality deep house, tech house and house joints as well as performing at many top venues across Europe. He’s currently in the middle of his album – World House Experience (Gourmand Music Recordings) – release tour which will see him take in multiple shows in the Czech Republic and Japan having already toured extensively this Summer. Great to have him back at Piston and no doubt we’ll see more of him in the future.
First up we have the deep and raw Slowing which delivers a solid moody deep house groove full of quirky sounds and a wonderful hypnotic bassline. Lush tones, warm chords and that rumbling bassline sit below a tight drum arrangement made up of chunky kicks and rhythmic percussions that will force you to move. A plethora of quirky sounds fill the space alongside a deep spoken vocal adding some very cool textures to the sound. Top notch stuff that you will not want to miss.
Yokohama Ghetto intros with a nice punchy kick drum and a cool vocal snippet alongside building percussions and crispy hi hats. A fantastic deep bassline that carries a funky element takes hold and lulls you towards the floor. Eerie sounding pads swirl over head creating a superb atmosphere that just goes deeper and deeper while the rhythmic elements keep the booty’s shakin’. Another fine slice from this guy that will not disappoint.