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ADRIAAN – LA OSCURIDAD
Mar 2017 20

Adriaan debuts on Piston Recordings with the delectable house music grooves of La Oscuridad. Two tracks take us on a sublime journey deep into the house music abyss. Both tracks will ensure that any set has depth as well as provoking a melancholic feeling. Great to have this superb talent on board and we hope to see more in the future.

The epic multi layered story that is La Oscuridad is up first and goes deep right from the off muted drums are layered over a glitchy sound and eerie pads. Chunky kick drums fade in drive the track nicely with a mesmeric trait while sultry synths and mysterious vocals come through. The track cuts deep into your soul and holds on relentlessly for the duration wrapping you up in its warming grooves as the more darker side creeps through. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.

Whatever You Know intros with some very cool dark drums and hypnotic percussions that deliver a solid, tight arrangement. On top of the bassy tones we find sharper synth notes as well as surreal FX, melancholic melodies and a haunting vocal. The groove takes hold and we find ourselves locked on for the duration on this epic 11 minute monster of a track that is a definite must have for the late night sessions.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/la-oscuridad/1959568

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MONOTRONIK – SUBCULTURE
Mar 2017 20

Monotronik are Portuguese DJ and producer duo Freddy Lourenzo and D’Joseph Alves and they return to Piston Recordings with the superb Subculture. Their last outing here was their debut Divergence, back in early Summer 2016, was very well received indeed having landed on many charts and playlists. The pair DJ regularly all over the place and are known for their tight, groovy sets. They’ve put out several top quality cuts recently on Underground Source Records and Sync Forward, moving between tech house and deep house. Great to see them back once again, well worth keeping an eye on.

Subculture intros with a cool muted kick drum and crispy hi hat combi before the drums get a boost of phatness that get us heading to the floors. Rhythmic percussions soon join the fun as a probing bassline weaves through the track. A short break reveals some very cool clubby vocals that blend effortlessly into the tech house groove on display. Stabbing synths with a gritty texture are the icing on the cake here making this a definite must have for the lively floors out there.

Watching sets off with a cool percussion led arrangement before a nice and chunky kick drum bursts into play. This is joined by an in-your-face bassline that works its way into every orifice of the groove and filling the low end with its warm tones. Cool vocals litter the sound as filtering synth stabs bring out the tech goodness. The break throws up a superb sequence filled with swirling pads and erratic synths before the beats return for the duration. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/subculture/1959565

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KLAUS KELLER – THE BEAT DON’T STOP
Mar 2017 13

Florence based DJ and producer Klaus Keller debuts on Piston recordings with the superb two tracker, The Beat Don’t Stop. Klaus started producing music at 14, just for passion, but he was always trying to improve and refine his style which, got him noticed some years later. He has released his work on various outlets including Something Different, Moustache Label and Different Attitudes. Klaus likes to deliver a hybrid sound from the worlds of digital and analogue, and this is what we are treated to on this one.

Straight up tech house stomper The Beat Don’t Stop delivers the goods that will get the floors pumping no doubt. The intro is made up of a punchy kick drum and crispy hi hat with a cool spoke vocal that gives a nice clubby vibe. Scathing synths twist and morph as percussions force you to move. A super tight arrangement with a very simple structure that will give any party a boost.

Fuck What You Thinkin grabs your attention right from the get go as a chunky kick drum is matched with a muffled acid lick that fades slowly in, teasing as it goes. Meanwhile an array of sharp, snappy percussions are forming up creating a solid rhythmic flow. The acid line takes centre stage as the filters open up alongside a cool spoken vocal. A superbly crafted nod to the hey days of acid wrapped up in a contemporary package that will delight many for sure.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/the-beat-dont-stop/1953075

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MIANYO – BREAKING BYTES EP
Mar 2017 13

Returning to Piston Recordings after a bit of a hiatus we have Spanish DJ and producer Mianyo with his fantastic two track EP entitled Breaking Bytes. It was way back in 2014 when we last saw this guy here at Piston and we’re delighted he has returned. Since his Beat Club EP he has racked up quite an impressive list of quality cuts on various labels and has worked with a few top artists on other projects. Hopefully we’ll be seeing much more form this guy in the future.

Breaking Chords intros with a beautifully surreal sequence filled with ethereal pads and a mesmeric high string alongside subtle percussions. A cool broken beat comes through before subsiding and leaving us with those pads once more. The track then goes into full on deep house mode with a flowing 4 x 4 structure that will guide feet to the floors. A warming bassline reside perfectly on the low end as superb gated synths deliver that perfect house groove. A wonderfully nostalgic vibe that will not disappoint.

Piano Bytes sets out with a cool and crispy hi hat which is paired with a sharp clap. A pumping kick drum soon follows as does a probing, deep bassline that moves effortlessly through the sound. Superb chord stabs fade in and we find ourselves locked into a classic styled garage groove that will both satisfy and electrify. The break is where this track really starts to shine as it throws in a real nice piano riff that will tear up the floors with ease. Top notch stuff that you do not want to miss.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/breaking-bytes-ep/1953065

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LEANDRO SILVA – NADA
Mar 2017 06

House music maestro Leandro Silva is back for his fourth Piston outing with the superb Nada which comes hot on the heels of his last slice Aural. His repertoire continues to grow together with Piston’s partner label Igual Recordings where he has unleashed a few gems of his own. He continues to deliver killer sets at top parties and radioshows and is a very much revered artist among many. Always a pleasure to see new material from this guy.

Nada delivers a sublime, deep house track that straddles minimalism and leans heavily into a hypnotic groove from start to finish. The drums are magical here, they create a sing song musical vibe courtesy of some expertly tweaked pitch control from Leandro. The occasional warm chord crops up alongside cool vocals and in the background we find an almost eerie string that lurks menacingly. A beautifully intricate arrangement that will not disappoint.

Rewind intros with a solid pumping kick drum with a nice and bassy tail end. Bright crispy hi hats slice through the lower frequencies as percussion patterns start to build. A deep rumbling bassline comes through bringing depth to the sound while warming chords fade in to deliver that pure deep house groove. Super stuff from Leandro and a must have track.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/nada/1945219

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