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PANDEO – MY BROTHER
Mar 2015 23

Debut appearance on Piston for Spanish DJ and producer Pandeo with the superb two tracker entitled My Brother. Since 2012 Pandeo has seen a raft of releases across many labels including Hall Of Fame Recordings, Umtata Records, Original Fake, Los Bandidos Records and Sonido Local Recordings as well as a feature on Bonzai Progressive’s Tech House Toolbox 3.

My Brother intros with a cool muted beat and bright crispy hats before a pounding kick comes through alongside a snappy snare on the half downbeat. A commanding analogue bass takes over the groove and drives the classic vibe of the sound. Cool chords keep the deep grooves in check as a catchy vocal repeats throughout. A real smooth slice of deep tech that will be a welcome addition in any set.

Bring Us Back sets off with a punchy kick and a shuffling hat accompaniment that gets the rhythm on the move. A deep rooted, gurgling bass adds a sinister twist to the sound as cool vocals are scattered throughout. The track moves along with its tough exterior, while on the break we get locked into a classic vibe with cool house chords and a great, back to the old skool vocal. Definitely one for the boxes here.

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VINCENT ESPERANZA – NIGHT FEVER EP
Mar 2015 16

French DJ and producer Vincent Esperanza makes his Piston Recordings debut with the wonderful four track Night Fever EP. Growing up in his native Paris, Vincent found House music around 2001 while partying in the French capital. Richie Hawtin, Josh Wink and Steve Bug are just some of the artists who have influenced him over the years. In 2007 he started producing and saw releases on labels like Look Ahead Records and Zikomatik. He likes to infuse warm tones and techno edges into his sound, just what we like to hear.

First up is When You Fly which intros with sharp edged percussions that lead into a punchy kick and crispy hat combo. The groove gets down and dirty with a brilliant deep bass that saunters through the sound with a suave laziness. A raspy male vocal comes in gives a surreal trippy vibe with the help of some very cool synths. Definitely one for the late night parties.

Walking Dead sets off with a sinister tone right from the outset as a chunky kick is met with deep scraping sounds. A contrastingly warm bass comes through and creates a cool textured layer while shuffling hats provide a solid rhythm alongside a tight drum arrangement. The groove settles in for the long haul as a biographical spoken vocal winds its way through to the backdrop of cool metallic effects. Deep and dark grooves that will keep the floors moving into the early hours.

Get Down intros with a cool percussion arrangement over a subdued kick. An infinitely deep bass crashes in that will definitely give the woofers a run for their money. Cool vocals litter the groove as that bass dominates all the way through the sound. Tight drums ensure the rhythms keep moving as a hypnotic vibe is forced through your ears locking you right in, this one will no doubt get a few heads turning.

Rounding up this stunning EP we have Something Special with its rhythmic intro filled with punchy kicks, sharp claps and a cool tribal ridden slapped drum pattern. Spacey effects streak through the sound as a dancing bass gets the groove into full flow. Deep house vibes get a showing from the groovy keys on offer as a spoken vocal pops up throughout. The break unleashes a wall of sound that is broken up by those warm keys before we get slammed right back into the main track for the duration. Top notch stuff that will get the imagination working overtime.

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OLI FRANCES – SLOW MO
Mar 2015 02

Debut appearance on Piston for Blackpool, UK based DJ and producer Oli Frances with his superb Slow Mo, which also comes backed up with a top class remix from Alvaro Martins. This relatively young artist is proving to be a person of interest due to his great knowledge and love of house music. At 23 years old he has already got the attention of many in the industry having played at top nights such as Sub Sono, Edit and Kaluki in venues like Sankey’s, Bar 137 and Warehouse. On the production front he is making waves on various labels with his raw style and driving house grooves. Great to have him on board here at Piston and we hope to see more in the months ahead.

First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a cool punchy kick and sharp hat combi with a teasing bass lurking in the rear. The bass comes to the fore with its amazing analog prowess and brings with it a warm flowing house groove. Offset keys provide a cool contrast to the lower frequencies that playfully dance their way through the groove. Throughout the track we get a very cool 90’s flavour that just oozes out of the piano riffs. A very tight and solid slice of house which is a definite must have.

On remix duty we have Porto based producer Alvaro Martins. Alvaro grew up with a love for 80’s and 90’s Pop and Rock sounds which soon developed into a passion for Classic Soul and Funk. At 8 years old he joined a music school and learned classic piano which gave him a deeper insight into how music evolves. Nowadays his early influences have proved useful in his outstanding production style. He has released a plethora of top quality House cuts across many labels and he also joins forces with his friend to form Peers & Upright with releases on Something Else and Save Room Recordings. On the remix we get a bass heavy intro that reverberates beautifully through the sounds system with sharp, crispy hats cutting through the low end. Very smooth house keys make their way into the sound with groovy riff that leads us into a raw analog groove. On the break the 90’s flavour pours out in the form of classic piano stabs as cool vocals pop up all around. A fantastic contrast between the old skool style and modern deep house grooves, top notch stuff.

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ORAA & EKAI – HOT LIKE 95 FAHRENHEIT
Feb 2015 23

Oraa & Ekai make their duo debut on Piston the superb two track Hot Like 95 Fahrenheit. Great to see Oraa return to Piston after his last release a few years back with That Go EP which was very well received indeed. Since then he has released on several labels and added his skills on remix duty for various artists. Ekai is a lover of house in all its forms and while he may seem relatively new to the scene he brings a fresh sounding quality to house music and he lists some of the greats of house as his influence such as Masters At Work, MK and Green Velvet. An exciting future for this Spanish duo as their music will attest, we’re looking forward to more in the future.

Hot Like 95 Fahrenheit intros with a classic styled kick and hat combi that always gets the appetite whet. Cool vocals creep into the sound early on and give us a glimpse of things to come. A superb pounding, throbbing bass takes full control of the sound as it bounces through the groove while those MC style vocals do their thing. Super tight drums bring a solid rhythm and keep the dancing feet moving easily. All throughout the track we get shook to the core by that brilliant bassline which really holds the track up beautifully. Get this on your playlist, you will not be disappointed.

Sun Won’t Shine Forever gets going with a powerful kick that hits you right in the chest and is joined by some crispy distorted open hats. Cool siren FX fill out the background as cool analog sounds bounce along the groove. A deep rooted bass lurks at the low end and allows the mid range sounds to flourish. Sinister sounding vocals sound off throughout and provide a dark narrative as much softer voices filter through. Cool dark sounds for the late night sessions, superb stuff.

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BONETTI – DON’T STOP THE RHYTHM EP
Feb 2015 16

The stylish sounds of Bonetti return with his new four track EP entitled Don’t Stop The Rhythm. This Spanish DJ and producer likes to add his own unique twists on Tech House and Deep House which you can find on his last release Rupture. Always a delight to have this guys sounds come into the office and hopefully much more to come.

Up first we have the aptly named Don’t Stop The Rhythm with its shuffling percussive intro that really sets the rhythm loose. Tight drum arrangements build up and are soon joined by a nice well rounded kick that adds a cool punch to the track. A short break brings in groovy keys that bring a warm glow to the sound. The keys take on various personas as a result of some nifty finger play creating a smooth head nodding groove that in turn gets the booty shakin. Top notch FX sweep through the sound alongside funky vocals which sit so well into the groove. Superb stuff you will not want to miss.

House Of The Rising Sun intros with a classic styled chunky kick and hat combi which is joined by a throbbing bass that walks through the sound effortlessly gaining momentum as it goes. Warbling keys soon join is also and deliver a real funkness to the groove with the help of cool vocals. The break whittles down to echoed claps and vocals as a brilliant chord stab fades through before slamming us right back into the main groove for the duration. Top notch solid beats here that will be a welcome addition in any deep and groovy set.

Next we have My Lonely Nights which sets off with a smooth, atmospheric house vibe as soft keys come through and transform into a sustained synth complete with filtered edges before slamming into a full deep fuelled vibe. Super tight drums and plucked basses provide the solid rhythms here and the myriad of keys make for a very interesting ride. The vocals stand out beautifully and keep with the funky tones within the groove, a stunning slice of deep house goodness here and a must have track for 2015.

Dance For Me rounds up the EP in style with its classic intro and teasing notes. A wonderfully lush bass meanders through the sound giving off a quick step feel as a tight drum arrangement sets the rhythm off. Cool keys litter the groove throughout and provide a true house experience alongside the fantastic vocals on offer. A proper upfront deep house cut that will have the floors moving no doubt.

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