As the vinyl resurgence continues to gain momentum Piston Recordings head honcho Rogerio Martins has selected top quality cuts to make up the next vinyl release entitled ‘Ghetto Tales EP Volume 2′. Rogerio is joined by friends Miguel Reis, Carlo Caldareri and Yusuke Yamamoto as four stunning deep house slices are etched onto plastic so you can enjoy the analogue pleasure of putting the needle on the record. Undoubtedly the best way to listen to music, you will not be disappointed.
First up is Rogerio with his exclusive Taking It Back. As ever Rogerio continues to run a tight ship putting in the hours running the label, DJing, remixing and producing. Lots more to come through for 2014 so it’s worth keeping an eye on. The intro goes classic with a chunky kick and sharp hat combo along with a well crafted snare arrangement. The rhythms soon gather pace as a beautifully lush bass joins in. Groovy house keys add great depth to the sound while simple vocal samples sit back before being unleashed with a long release. The break brings forth a deeper sub bass that marries perfectly with those vocals before slamming back into the main groove. Top class stuff yet again from Portugal and a great addition to those “physical” record boxes.
Miguel Reis is up next with his Classic Motherfucker Record. Miguel Reis is a new moniker and is the very same artist with a multitude of releases under the alias of Mike Kings who has seen tracks on labels like Nervous Records, Stereo Productions, Kult Records, Session Trax, Fatal Music, Magna Recordings, and many more. The track intros with a nice mix of kicks and percs which set up a smooth rhythmic vibe, a deep, rasping vocal comes in with a very cool narrative which blends perfectly with the house beats. The track builds steadily as the vocal becomes a big focus before a truly deep and groovy bassline comes to the fore and injecting a funky flavour to the sound, top stuff.
Italian born DJ and producer Carlo Caldareri is back to Piston with this exclusive vinyl cut Not Before. Since he was young he always cultivated a passion for music, he spent the first years of his career looking into different genres of music. Soon he focused in on house music and his DJ sets began to take on house and deep house grooves. Carlo has worked with top artists and his tracks have appeared on many labels including Digital Traffik, Microtech Records and Mono Recordings to name just a few. Here the track intros with a cool percussion arrangement before classic styled kicks gets the sound locked into a solid groove. The bass rules from below as it cascades up through the sound, simple and effective short vocal samples add huge weight to the groove as the track takes us into a gritty workout complete with brass stabs. The break unleashes a brilliant Hip Hop styled vocal sample that leads us right back into this full on deep house monster groover.
Yusuke Yamamoto aka Freischwimmer delivers with his stunning Night Journey which is exclusive to this vinyl release. Yusuke is a contemporary house music producer and DJ currently based in Kyoto, Japan. His authentic sound remains universal and independent of trends and periods. He runs his own label Vacances Records and has seen release on many other labels including Oasi Lab, Houseworx, City Life, Ibiza House Hotspot and more. His last outing on Piston ‘Sun Shower EP’ was well received and is a testament to the eclectic nature of his style. A minimal sounding approach with a nicely clipped kick and percussion combo while a cool atmosphere is created in the background with great FX work. A simple yet highly effective bass joins the fray and soon transforms into a dominating force in the sound. Cool synth keys hypnotise and are joined by a much tougher synth riff that has a gritty edge. Throughout the sound a brilliant vocal sample keeps the groove flowing and continues through the break where a striking high pitched string comes in and leads us back into the swing of the main groove. Great stuff from Yusuke and definitely not to be missed.
Brett Lawrence returns to Piston with his two tracker Different Heat EP. Brett made waves with his last Piston release ‘Remember That Jack?’ and this time around we are in for more of the same deep house quality vibes.
Different Heat gets you right into a smooth deep house vibe right from the off with a nice chunky kick and muted synth combo that builds beautifully into a full on pumping deep house cut. Nice crispy hats provide a cool contrast to the lower end sounds as a silky analogue bass come through. You feel the groove move you as the track progresses with the addition of some classy sounds and a well worked side chained synth pad. For the most part the track is dominated by a superb piano chord giving the track so much character, great stuff from Brett and not to be missed!
People In High Places intros with a fading sound before you get slapped right in the face with a phat kick that remains a big force on the track. Sharp hats are soon joined by a very cool drum arrangement as smooth chords litter the background. A sweeping synth pad filters through as the groove gathers momentum and takes us up to the break where a cool vocal sample joins the party, all the while a stunningly deep bass shores up the lower end in style as this perfectly tweaked deep house joint weaves its magic, brilliant!
Brighton based UK producer Kenny Keys debuts on Piston with wonderful Source and comes backed up with two quality remixes. Kenny has been delivering his faultless cuts for a few years now and his tracks have appeared on Massive Music, GND Records and Kompass Recordings. We’re delighted to have this guy on board and look forward to more in the future.
First up we have the Original Mix of Source which intros with a brilliant percussion driven groove alongside a punchy club kick. The rolling percs are tweaked to perfection and become a major player on the track. A fantastic deep sub bass bursts through with a cool plucky synth over the top which is replaced with a sublime sliding riff. Super tight arrangement that will be a big feature for many floors no doubt.
No introduction needed for Piston boss Rogerio Martins as he steps up with a superb remix. Beautifully tapered kicks pack a huge punch on the intro and throughout as the rolling percussions build us up to the main groove. The groove is intensified with a brilliant deep bass that has the power to move, this is coupled with a classy chord that filters in and out beautifully. Silky smooth female vocals give it the club feel making this an absolute gem of a track that will light up many floors this summer!
Italian DJ and producer Marcus Raute spends his time between Naples and Berlin where no doubt he draws from both cultures to refine his own sounds. Marcus is a player in the modern underground world where he dishes out his brand of all things House and Techno. Here he delivers a solid remix that intros with a chunky kick and cool, crispy hats and percussions. Deep chords rise up from the depths and blossom into a very cool, sliding riff before leaving the scene and letting those tight drums, pulsing basses and vocals do their work. The break reveals those chords once again and locks us in for the duration, superb stuff!
Based in Barcelona, Spain, GarcyNoise aka Ruben Garcia returns to Piston with this stunner entitled The Colour Of Your Heart. Ruben has featured on Piston before with cuts showing up on The Secrets Of The Trade 2 and Best Of Piston Recordings 2012 as well as the diverse She’s Got It EP back in 2012. Considered an international force in electronic music Ruben has worked with top producers from around the world and is a highly respected DJ and producer. He set up his own label Justified Cause Recordings which has spawned a whole host of top talent and led to the formation of a sub label, Justified Entertainment which itself has a very impressive roster. Vinyl is a big part of his ethos and he has been collecting since a young age, at 17 he started to play at parties around his hometown and beyond before breaking out onto the international scene.
First up we have the Original Mix of The Colour Of Your Heart with its electrified intro that features very cool FX accompanied by a raw bass sound. A nice phat kick soon appears and the groove starts to take shape beautifully. The track takes on a very street vibe with gritty sounds and sharp percussions. The arrangement is tight and combines well giving off that raw house vibe which becomes so infectious. The break introduces a smooth funky synth that gives so much character and makes this a definite must have for those deep sets.
Spanish DJ and producer Andres Boned aka Bonetti delivers a stunning remix of The Colour Of Your Heart as he takes the sound through a pure house workout with sublime twists and turns. We recently saw Bonetti’s ‘My House Of Neglect’ on Piston which done the rounds in style. This remix is top notch as it nurtures the original sounds into a driving house groove filled with sublime organ riffs that will have you hooked in no time and a super tight drum arrangement that will have the asses shaking all night long. All this is shored up by a very cool and deep bass that sits perfectly within the sound. Cool vocal samples are evident throughout and keep with the street vibe of the original. Top notch stuff from Bonetti, not to be missed.
The next track we have is the Original Mix of Not NY. The intro is a smooth percussion led sequence with a classic wood hit that drives the tempo beautifully. A fantastic stab teases its way into the sound and soon dominates the track before a nice chunky kick gets the track really moving. Classic electro sounds are there to be discovered as the track evolves with the master stroke being that groovy bassline that seeps right into your soul as it commands authority throughout the sound along with its groovy synth riff partner. Nice vocal samples are the perfect addition here and round off a stunning display of house music production, superb stuff!
Italian DJ and producer Ivan Masa offers up his remix of Not NY. Ivan’s last outing on Piston was the stunning ‘Don’t Stop The Groove Man’ which solidifies this guys talents as a top end producer. Here the remix takes the groove that little bit deeper with its tough bass that pulsates right through the sound. Cool drum arrangements provide a solid rhythmic bass as classic vocal samples come through. A stabby synth begins to form and transforms into a tasty riff that keeps this track firmly at the deeper end. The break sees more of that synth stab as beautifully placed strings and pads begin to filter in. A brilliant slice of house that will do well on the floors no doubt.
Austrian duo Mann & Klamm debut on Piston with this floor stomping three tracker entitled ‘It’s All On You EP’. The guys met in 2010 and since then they have been on the international DJ circuit playing top venues alongside other top jocks. Sexy house cuts are what the guys are about and their track on Houseology ‘Don’t Hold Me Back’ is a perfect example.
The Original Mix of ‘It’s All On You’ sets off in a smooth and groovy beat with some cool electro styled percussions going off. Big chunky kicks and crispy hats keep the rhythm flowing as a pounding bass enters the fray. All along we have a sultry vocal which gives the track so much character and soon the vocals are joined with a warbly deep house chord that sets the track off beautifully. Superb stuff from the guys!
Next up is the DOS Remix of ‘It’s All On You’. The intro gets right up in your face with a bouncy kick and hat combi that will get those toes tapping. The vocal comes through nicely alongside a cool chord and strings. The plucky bass ramps up the groove and leaves us with a well balanced deep house joint that will do well on the floors, no doubt.
‘We Know It Is’ intros with a very cool percussive element alongside a low end kick, crispy hats soon join in and a cool rhythm is formed. The bass creeps up on you and soon you are wrapped up in its strong and powerful groove. Beautifully layered chords work in tandem with that bass with stunning results. Cool vocals are dotted throughout giving the track cool twist, big floor friendly track here, not to be missed.
‘People’ has that classic kick and hat intro we all know and love. A brilliant repetitive vocal fades through as the layers build around this solid groove. The bass has a powerful resonating tone that creates an infectious groove and have you shakin that ass in no time. Fantastic stabs give the track a pure house vibe and takes us up to the break where the vocal becomes prominent before the stabs take over again and bring us right back to this solid, deep house stomper!