Piston Recordings proudly presents The Secrets Of The Trade 004 showcasing 20 of the finest deep and tech house grooves from a plethora of quality artists and outlets. We’ve sourced only the very best cuts and brought them together in one huge pack for your listening pleasure. Tracks and remixes come from the likes of Rick Wade, Dreamer G, Mano Le Tough, Brame and Hamo, PBR Streetgang, Milton Jackson, Demarkus Lewis, COEO, ItaloBros, So Inagawa, Sek, Cerillo, Andy Hart, Kian T, Bonetti, Dyed Soundorom, label head honcho Rogerio Martins and many others. If you’re looking to add that extra spice to your sets, then you’ve just found the perfect recipe.
Italian DJ and producer Luigi De Santis aka GgDex returns to Piston alongside his newest creation KEYGI with the fantastic Yes I Am EP. Luigi is no stranger to these shores, his last outing Put The Needle gained great support across the board and rocked out many venues with its deep and dirty vibes. Since then he has shown up on various compilations for Bonzai and Piston as well as releases on other labels. KEYGI is Luigi’s newest creation and what a way to introduce, we hope to see more from this guy and his persona’s in the future.
First up we have the title track Yes I Am which in short is a relentless slice of deep techy grooves with a probing bass that fills the sound beautifully. The track is somewhat minimal with a cool drum arrangement made up a punchy kick and shuffling hats with a few percussions to keep the rhythm loose. Throughout the track we are treated to a gritty vocal that delivers that classic house vibe while the music carries us along for the ride with a cool tech edge. Excellent stuff that will sit snugly into any set.
Black Leo intros with a nice chunky kick alongside a round of percussions that layer up providing a cool rhythmic flow. The track breaks to reveal a scraping synths that cut out a nice deep house vibe. The bass comes through and dominates as it winds its way through the sound delivering a solid groove for the track to build on. On the main break those synths get the focus before we are thrust back to the main sound for the duration. Mesmerizing sounds for the floors here that you will not want to miss.
Sweet Beat sets out with a warm urban groove filled with gliding chords and a tight drum arrangement. The drum patterns dish out smooth rhythms with an a very much laidback approach. The deep bassline moves the track ever so smoothly and takes the groove to a deeper level. On the break we are led into a wonderful sequence that offers up more of those warm dreamy chords before the beats and bass return to get the floors livened up. A welcome addition to any set for sure.
Mash aka Glasgow based DJ and producer Martyn Henderson debuts on Piston with the fantastic Melted. For more than 20 years Martyn has also broadcasted and written within the dance music scene. He is the House Music editor for Mixmag and he also writes his column Mash Hits for the Sunday Mail (UK). Over the years he has graced the decks at many top venues around the UK and he boasts a vast discography including original works and remixes. His writing has brought him together with some of the biggest names in dance music including Underworld, Moby, Groove Armada and Josh Wink to name just a few. His sounds have appeared on labels like Toolroom, Bulletdodge, Glasgow, House and Love and many more. So much more to come from this guy and we are delighted to have him on board at Piston.
Melted eases into existence with a real sense of deep as soft kicks are met with a distant hum and building percussions. A wonderfully lush and warm bass comes through and settles the track into a smooth house groove. In the background we find swelling pads mixed with haunting voices that add a great character to the sound as we journey ever deeper. The break reveals subtle melodic flavours that add cool contrast to the darker elements and blend in perfectly with those swirling pads and voices. Top notch stuff from Mash that is a definite must have track.
Jeep House dishes out a nice and solid tech groove right the from the off as those punchy kicks get to work with a little help from some cool percussive elements that build up nicely delivering steady rhythms. The tech flavours just drip off this sound as the bass hangs in the groove while cool vocals pop up throughout. The big focus here has got to be that tight drum and percussion arrangement which really delivers on the rhythm front and will definitely keep those feet shuffling to the floors. Superb stuff here that you will not want to miss.
Manchester, UK DJ and producer Charlie Pearson debuts on Piston with the fantastic two tracker Trojan Sendout. Charlie burst onto the scene in September 2015 with the brilliant Tech House monster Sent Under on Criminal Hype and quickly grabbed our and many others’ attention. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to some exciting times ahead.
Trojan Sendout intros with a scathing scraping sound alongside super crispy closed hats and a powerful punchy kick that dominates. Cool vocal one shots pop up and offer a cool vibe to the sound before the phattest, grooviest bass line takes over and forces your body to rock to its beat. The vocals become more prominent and deliver a nice retro vibe giving the track an upbeat mood. It’s that bass line that commands the most here though and will surely be a definite floor filler.
Gotta Have More Cowbell sets off with an upbeat vibe in mind as a nice and chunky kick drum gets us in the mood. Cool shuffling hats give us a smooth rhythm before a monster bass line comes through and totally dominates with its groovy moves and fancy flares. Quirky spoken vocals are welcomed and keep the rhythm upbeat as the drums start to really kick in with a tight formation. A the title suggests we get a healthy dosing of cowbells that stand out well in the sound. The bass line goes through a wonderful mutation at the break as it morphs into a blistering acid line that peaks and troughs before settling back into a deep tech groove. Top notch stuff here that is not to be missed.
Joyfull Family is made up of 3 like-minded Italian DJ’s and producers, Cristian Carpentieri, Guido Nemola and Chico Perulli. Ten years ago these guys got together to create underground tracks and house remixes. Their 2005 hit Da Breaker got plenty of airtime, notably through gaining top spot on various European charts including Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. They went on to remix for international stars like Corrina Joseph and Shawn Christopher as well as a remix for Cajmere and Dajae’s Brighter Days. After a hiatus of a few years the guys are back together and ready to go once more, something we are all looking forward to.
Wish delivers a superb tech house vibe right from the off as bubbling acid lines fade through behind a punchy kick and subtle hat arrangement. We get locked into this one with ease as those deep bassy tones mesmerise. Sharp claps and crispy hats give the track a boost and really set the rhythm loose a those acid lines start to open up into proper squelching 303 sounds. A very cool vocal lurks around and gives the track a nice house texture. The break reveals a surprisingly warm and rich chord structure that stands in stark contrast to those harsher acidic tones. An absolute stomper here that you will not want to miss.
Fresh opens up with a real cool kick and hat combi, the kicks offer a nice punch while those hats have a little rattle on the end that adds an extra weight to the sound. A superb dancing bass line comes through and takes full control of the groove forcing your feet to move and your booty shake. Warm chords bring in a smooth deep house flavour that leaves a wonderful aftertaste that makes you want more. Superb stuff perfect for those late night sessions.
Frankie intros with a classic chunky kick and crispy hat alongside some sharp rim shots and a slowly building drum arrangement. A nice flowing rhythm is born and we find ourselves totally hooked on the groove. Beautifully lush deep rooted pads fade in and takes us deeper into the groove as those tight drums continue to deliver the goods. Swirling pads and soft keys bring a sweet melodic flavour to the sound and on the break the lead synth just steals the show. Wonderful probing bass lines and inventive drum construction make this a must have track in your DJ toolbox.