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CHRISTIAN BOVE – BACK TO BACK EP
Feb 2017 06

Italian DJ and producer Christian Bove debuts on Piston with a funked up tech house groover entitled Back To Back EP. Growing up in Milan, Christian became interested in music at age 14 and, with help and support from family and friends he started to play out at various parties. At 16 he got his first big gig at Bolgia’s back room where he came face to face with top jocks from around the world. In 2014/2015 he started to play in the main room starting off the proceedings for some major nights. A superb up and comer in the world of producing, this guy is definitely one to watch.

Back To Back kicks off with a carnival-esque groovy bassline that sits perfectly amidst shuffling percussions. Bright crispy hats and rolling snares generate a solid rhythmic flow which is led by a chunky kick drum. Cool vocals come through in various forms adding a superb club vibe while that bassline dominates. A floorfiller for sure, this one is a must have in your tech arsenal.

City takes us on a fantastic tech fuelled ride complete with solid beats and deep rolling basses. The tight drum arrangement comprises punchy kick drums and sharp snappy snares alongside shuffling hats that deliver a smooth rhythm. An array of vocals litter the sound giving off a raw, authentic vibe, but it’s the prominence of the bassline that drives this one. An absolute stomper perfect for later sessions.

Gangster intros with a nice well rounded warm kick drum that is followed by sharp crispy hi hats and claps. Cool spiralling FX sit in the background as very cool funky riffs bring the musical elements to life. Again we see brilliant use of various vocals that gives the track lots of character. A deep meandering bassline sits calmly on the low end as the higher frequencies take control. A top notch cut that is a definite must have.

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LEANDRO SILVA – AURAL
Jan 2017 30

Luanda based house music aficionado Leandro Silva returns to Piston Recordings with the fantastic Aural. Leandro has plied his trade in Luanda for many years 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 including Piston Recordings, Prismat Recordings and Midnight Express to name just a few. 2016 saw him launch his own label Igual Recordings which focuses on various techno forms and which has seen great support. Nice to see him back at Piston for 2017 and we hope to see more soon.

Aural takes us on a deep explorative journey into house with an alluring gait that will draw you in unwittingly for the duration. A solid drum construction complete with chunky kick drums and shuffling percussions lead the way as a beautifully deep probing bassline weave through the sound. Floating pads and space age synths leave their mark as we find ourselves totally hooked on the mesmeric groove. A must have no doubt.

Viajar Sozinho is a real smooth, deep and infectious track that will grab a hold of you right from the off. A plucky bassline stands out alongside warming pads creating a deep and groovy house vibe. The super tight drum arrangement is made up of lush kicks, intricate percussion patterns and a prominent crispy hi hat that are all destined to get the hips swaying. A sublime offering that will be a most welcome addition in any late night session.

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MEND – FUSION EP
Jan 2017 30

Sardinia born DJ and producer Mend returns to Piston with the fantastic three track tech house joint entitled Fusion EP. We last caught a glimpse of this guy back in April 2016 with his Visionair EP. Delighted to see him back once again and we look forward to more, but for now enjoy this super fine tech house cut.

First up we have Fusion that just oozes tech house flavours right from the off. Punchy kick drums and building percussions sit over a cool stepping bassline that adds a little bit of swing to the groove. Swirling FX fade in and out as a myriad of colourful keys come through bringing a real groovy element to the sound. A beautifully simplistic slice that will definitely do damage on the floors.

Gate 1 opens with a nice punchy kick drum that delivers a solid thud alongside cool percussions and a slowly fading in mesmeric pad. A probing bassline comes through and sets up a powerful groove that blends perfectly with the cacophony of stabby keys. Tight drums and an expert arrangement provide a fine flowing rhythm as the track locks us in with its relentless tech house groove. A definite must have track that is sure to keep the floors rocking long into the night.

Organic Element goes right for the jugular with a solid tech house offering that will get the booty’s to the floor no doubt. Straight outta the gate this one delivers a tight construction that is made up of a maelstrom of drums which effortlessly come together to form a solid rhythmic groove. A wonderfully rich and dynamic sound is dished out thanks to mesmerizing pads and funky keys. The perfect fodder for any set that will not disappoint.

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