UK producer Capryo debuts on Piston with his superb three tracker Hold Back EP. Based in London and a relative newcomer to the scene, Capryo likes to delve into House and Techno and with this new EP we get a very cool blend of the two with a leaning towards the deeper house side.
First up is the title track Hold Back, nice and smooth classic percussion intro that gets the heads nodding with the booties soon following. Soft chords fade through and bring that deep house feeling into the mix before we get pounded by a monster kick and throbbing bass combo that will have the bassbins shuttering. Super crispy hats and tight percussions provide a solid rhythmic groove that will no doubt keep any floor rocking, not to be missed.
Entity is up next and gets right in on the action from the off with a solid 4×4 beat with chunky kicks and crispy sharp rhythmic percussions. Expertly tweaked deep chords come through giving a wonderful texture to the groove as subtle vocal samples play out. The bassline is perfectly placed among the rolling kicks to provide a super solid groove in which to shake that ass to. The break dishes out some very nice synth and key work alongside very cool vocal samples. A very tight pumping groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Move On completes this fantastic EP with a brilliant driving hypnotic trait. The intro gives a big punchy kick and bright crispy hats to get things moving while a high pitched string is contrasted with smooth deep melodic chords. The big hitter here is the superb bassline that just drives the groove beautifully creating that hypnotic feel, this feeling is heightened with the addition of some cool vocal samples. On the break we get a brilliant synth riff and superb drum sequence that takes us back to the main groove. One for the late night parties here and a definite must for the deep house masses.
Manchester based DJ and producer Wrighty debuts on Piston with Drop The Bass. Wrighty has been around the scene for a while now and boasts a very impressive back catalogue which includes originals and remixes on labels like Digital-Muzik and Bedroom Muzik. He delves into Deep and Tech House and here we get a fine example of his skills.
Drop The Bass intros with a classic punchy kick and sharp hat combo that sets the rhythms off smoothly. Rich pads and a very cool synth riff fade through and take us up to the monster bass that really gets the grooves flowing in the track with its raw analogue sound. Classic vocal samples add cool character to the track and will be easily recognisable. The break brings those pads and synths back with the vocal samples being the dominant force before we get slammed right back into this relentless groove. Top notch cut and not to be missed.
Can You Feel It gives off an energetic vibe from the get go with pounding kicks and rhythmic percussions. The beats fade to reveal a dark bassline as an eerie pad rises before the bass takes over and settles us into this solid groove. Very cool and perfectly tweaked synth stabs give a retro feel to the sound which is enhanced by vocal samples on the break. An absolute slamming track that will no doubt be a feature on many sets.
Bonetti is back with his long awaited follow up to My House Of Neglect. His Rupture EP comes with dancey deep house in mind and includes a fantastic remix from Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax. Since his last outing Bonetti has appeared on numerous compilations and featured on many sets, still one to watch for the future.
First up is Rupture and from here we get right into the groove with this floor friendly cut. The intro boasts a classic punchy kick and crispy hat combo with a cool vocal sample coming through. After a short break the bassline takes over and ramps up the groove brilliantly and is soon joined by some smooth chords. Cool vocal snippets keep the track moving nicely and sit well among the tight arrangement. A highly infectious track that will burn up many floors no doubt.
Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax step up for remix duty and really hits the spot. Their last track Let It performed very well with features on top websites and plays in many sets. Here they get to grips with their remix of Rupture. A nice and subtle percussive intro leads in to a monster kick that packs a huge punch. Rhythmic percussions begin to form up and get the groove flowing nicely alongside some distant vocal FX. The bassline dominates as it delivers its pulsating groove alongside some very cool deep chords. The break reveals more of those vocals as a subtle acid type line lurks around before we get slammed back to the main sound for the duration. Top notch remix and definitely not to be missed.
Body & Soul is up next and intros with a superb punchy kick and sharp hat combo. Deep lush chords soon make their way through and bring that smooth house flavour to the sound as a wonderfully deep bass provides a solid pulsating groove. A short break reveals some very cool vocal samples that add cool textures to the sound. Nice and solid cut that will be a definite must for the dancefloors.
Spanish DJ and producer Juanma is back with this four tracker entitled Baila EP. His last outing Kamatharu was his debut and performed very well indeed hitting download portals and playlists alike.
Baila intros with a cool percussive arrangement that is soon joined by a big chunky kick and throbbing bassline. Latin inspired chants bring a worldly character to the sound as well as some very cool vocal samples. The track keeps us locked in with its infectious grooves and on the break the bassline produces some cool note changes before getting right back into the main sound. A strong and solid groover that will get asses shakin all over.
Mystic Motion is up next and gives off a smooth mellow vibe from the intro. Thick chunky kicks and crisp hats are joined by distant wispy pads that bring cool melodic flavours. The first break enhances those pads with a contrasting deep toned vocal sample taking us out and into a lush laidback groove. The bassline has a perfectly balanced vibe as it dances up and down the musical scale creating a solid rhythmic groove. The main break adds more melodic flavours to those pads with the vocal samples remaining prominent. Super smooth and the perfect tonic for the late hours.
Next up we have Lust 112 which intros with a super tight drum arrangement complete with chunky kicks and crispy hats to get the rhythms on the move. A wonderfully deep bass takes over the low end as it throbs through the sound to the backdrop of a mixture of cool vocal snippets. The track takes on a sexy vibe with subtle erotic vocals coming through as the bass delivers its powerful groove. Definitely one for the deep dark late night party sessions.
Move On rounds up this superb EP and keeps the vibe alive with a cool rhythmic intro filled with sharp crispy hats and snappy drums. Punchy kicks soon follow and are joined by a powerful pulsating bassline that hits the spot with a punch. A wonderful smooth jazzy vocal becomes the main feature and sits in the sound perfectly. A real groovy mover here that will be a big hit on the floors for sure.
Leiden based duo Formel aka Tom Noah and Bas Van Der Laken debut on Piston with the superb The Magnificent Kaleidoscopa EP. The guys had met in strange circumstances, they were fighting over a bottle of Vodka backstage at a gig and from that they formed Formel. Since then they have forged a strong partnership and blended their respective styles, Bas having the more progressive sound and Tom having a more tech house style. They debuted in 2013 on Bla Bla Records and have played at top gigs and events across Europe. Well worth keeping an eye on this formidable pair.
We kick off this superb EP with the title track, The Magnificent Kaleidoscopa. The intro eases in with some cool percussions that have a hint of tribalism attached. A perfectly balanced thumping kick soon takes over with a super sweet pad and sultry vocal sitting in the background. The bassline is a wonderfully rich, full sound that warms the track beautifully as smooth synths add a colourful texture. A very smooth and upbeat slice that will be a feature in many sets for sure.
Popayan intros with a subtle percussion with distant melodic phrases fading in from the back. A strong punchy kick gets the track really moving with the help of crispy sharp hats and some brilliant FX. The bassline takes the sound that little bit further with its deep resonating pulses. Very smooth and groovy offering with beautifully layered sounds, top notch.
Prince Rupert sets off with a cool punchy kick as the percussions begin to form up to bring a steady, flowing rhythm. Lush chords bring a wonderful deep house groove to the sound which are filled with melodic flavours. The bassline brings a tough edge to the track which contrasts perfectly with much more upbeat main sound. The break reveals smooth pads that ebb and flow beautifully leading to some cool synth work before getting right back into the main groove for the duration, classy stuff that is not to be missed.