San Francisco based LuRob aka Luis Roberto makes a welcome return to Piston with his Slippery When Wet EP. We last saw Luis back in March 2013 and since then he has continued to grace the finest House establishments as well as releases across various labels.
First up we have the Original Mix of Twin Peaks Lounge which intros with a beautifully filtered funky groove filled with lush tones and grainy guitar licks. The track lets loose with a fantastic punchy kick and shuffling percussions that will definitely get floors moving to the groovy rhythms. The track goes deep with a wonderful pulsating bass that contrasts perfectly with the brighter elements as those funky riffs remain prominent. The track also boasts classy melodic sequences which are joined by some brilliantly crafted drum arrangements. Top notch stuff from Luis and a definite must have.
Dave Dubbz provides the remix on Twin Peaks Lounge and goes right into the heart of deep house grooves. We saw Dave on Secrets Of The Trade 2 back in 2013 with his track Funky Thrills. Dave has seen a multitude of releases across many labels he also remixes many artists including JR From Dallas and Joss Moog. Here the track gets into full swing right from the off with pacey rhythmic groove made up of tight kicks and sharp hats to the backdrop of cool snare rolls. The warm bass comes through beautifully and gives a real sense of depth to the sound. Big chord stabs litter the sound as house synths begin to filter through. The big feature on the track has gotta be those drum arrangements, ever evolving and complex, they will definitely keep those dancing feet moving.
Meet Me After Dark rounds up this stunning EP with its slightly tougher stance as big chunky kicks are joined by harsh and crispy hats alongside some very cool percussions. The bassline evolves out of the depths with a resonating power that dominates the low end. In contrast the track works brilliantly as the harsher sounds meet warmer tones. A great vocal riffs throughout the track adding lots of character and reinforcing the tougher edge. A true deep house groove that will find a home in the deeper sets for sure.
Our next Piston release comes as a real treat, a trio of artists at the top of their game have joined forces to deliver a stunning slice of smooth deep house vibes. D-Compost & Leandro Silva have recruited the heavenly vocal talents of Veselina Popova on their Piston debut Feel Alive. D-Compost is a DJ and producer who spends his time between Lisbon and London. He got into dance music from a very early age thanks to his older brother. When he moved to a new town at just 13 years of age he quickly settled into life in a new school and became involved with the local radio station. Lots of DJ bookings followed and soon he got into production where he has gained worldwide recognition due to his unique style which is derived from a love of many different genres. Angolan DJ Leandro Silva began to play music in 1997 and turned professional in 2001. He has plied his trade in Luanda ever since and has continued to promote and expand his music with residencies in top clubs all over the city. His DJing skills transfer to music production with ease and he has racked up a very impressive back catalogue across many top labels. Rounding up this trio is Bulgarian vocalist Veselina Popova. After her participation on a local televised talent show Veselina embarked on a singing career with a few Pop releases coming soon after. Currently she focuses her attention on House music projects and with her stunning vocal range we are glad she chose this particular path.
The Original Mix is a true floor filler with its upbeat vibe reminiscent of the heady days of early Chicago House. A tight drum arrangement sits over some smooth keys and a bassline that will have any ass shakin’ resulting in a fine flowing rhythmic groove. The big hitter has to be the vocal which just captivates from the first bar. You instantly get hooked in its catchy phrases and will find yourself singing along in no time. An absolute stomper here that will no doubt be a big hit on many floors across the world.
The Dub Mix leaves out the vocal and concentrates on the smooth deep house grooves on offer. Punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions lead the way as that strolling bassline forces you to move your feet with its dancey vibe. Swirling keys and cool melodies give that upbeat feel making this a definite must have track.
The Heat goes in a slightly tougher direction with a big chunky kick and sharp, more crispy hats that contrast beautifully with the warm lush tones of the deep synths that swirl around and draw you in. A raw sounding oldskool style bass ploughs through the sound and will give the bass bins a bashing. As the track evolves we are treated to some subtle melodies that contrast well with the deep rooted nature of the track. One for the late night darker rooms that will keep the floors in full effect.
It’s been just over a year since we last saw Carlo at Piston HQ, we’re delighted to have him back with his latest offering Cuz I’m Killing which comes with no less than four top notch remixes from Rogerio Martins, Marcus Raute, JR From Dallas and Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax.
First up we have the Original Mix which intros with a nice and smooth kick and hat combo. Cool percussions form up providing a flowing rhythm which takes us to the main feature on this track, the bassline. The bass sits perfectly as it meanders through the sound giving off a head nodding rhythmic vibe as cool vocals scatter throughout. A very cool slice of house that will be a welcome addition in many sets.
DJ, producer and Piston founder Rogerio Martins is first up on remix duty. As ever Rogerio spends most of his time managing the label as well as many other things including Piston Recordings radio show. His last outing Gonna Be Mine saw great support and was licensed for the Enter Ibiza 2014 compilation, featured in Apollonia’s Terrace Mix. The remix intros with a punchy kick and a vocal sample on the offset as bright and crispy hats follow. The star of the show begins to emerge in the shape of spicy chords that filter in and out beautifully. A deep subtle bassline sits back allowing those chords to shine while on the break smooth pads rise up and give off that true deep house vibe. Top notch stuff you will not want to miss.
Next up we have the Marcus Raute Re-pitched Mix. Back in the summer of this year we saw Marcus’ Samplin’ Memories EP which was very well received indeed and since then he also got a showing on the Deep Worx 9 compilation. No doubt we are in for another treat with this remix. The intro sets off with a very cool percussion arrangement filled with crispy hats, sharp claps and snappy snares to the backdrop of a chunky kick. A deep-rooted bass soon bursts through and dominates the sound with its throbbing groove as percussive layers continue to build throughout. Superb stuff yet again from Marcus and definitely one for the floors.
JR From Dallas delivers his superb Raw Mix and gets the deep house vibes flowing with a super tight cut. It’s been a while since JR has been around these shores but we know that when he does reappear we can expect something special. The intro boasts a cool percussive driven arrangement that continues to build bringing a smooth rhythmic vibe. A short break reveals cool vocals and leads into a wonderful strolling bassline that will get asses shakin in no time. A relentless groove ensues as your senses are raided by the tight drum and percussion patterns making this a definite must for those bouncy house parties.
Rounding off this superb release we have the Iban Montoro & Jazzman Wax Re-vocal Mix. The guys are no strangers to Piston and tracks like this are the reason. Summer of this year saw their track Let It gain lots of support from many quarters. We hope to see more from this duo in the future. The remix sets off with a cool punchy kick as the percussive elements build getting the rhythm flowing. A deep throbbing bass complete with the most fantastic tail end warms the track beautifully as the vocals begin to come through. The break is filled with various vocal samples and FX with the percussions keeping the vibe alive before we get right back into the main groove. Top notch stuff not to be missed.
Blansch debuts on Piston with the fine two tracker, Rap A Mood EP.
First up we have Rap A Mood, the intro gets right into the groove with a nice punchy kick and rhythmic percussions that will get the floors moving instantly. The bassline is where it’s at here, deep and pulsating at times then full on in your face. Cool modulated synths bring in a tech flavour to the groove as subtle rap vocals sit in the background giving the sound character. A real smooth slice of house with an oldskool tag, perfect fodder for floors all over.
Make It intros with a cool bass pulse and rolling percussions before a spoken vocal brings a much deeper and rounded bass that dominates the sound beautifully. An organic flavour runs through the track with those warm yet jagged edged synths. The spoken vocal is used well throughout and ties up the sound nicely. A smooth deep and grooving track you will not want to miss.
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.