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HERMANN DIUS – UK MOVEMENT
Jan 2016 18

Italian DJ and producer Hermann Dius aka Emmanuel De Caprio returns to Piston with UK Movement which also features three top notch remixes. His debut came back in May 2015 with Baht which also appeared on Bonzai Progressive’s Tech House Toolbox 4 back in the Summer of 2015.

The Original Mix intros with a very cool kick and hat combi that really starts to get the rhythmic juices flowing. Short vocal hits litter the sound as synths stabs fade through and lead us up to the deep tech fuelled bassline that dominates the sound. As the layers build we find more vocals come through which gives the track a cool upbeat vibe. A quite minimal sound with a huge punch that will definitely get the floors on the move.

Bonetti aka Spanish DJ and producer Andres Boned is back at Piston with another of his superb remixes. Since 2014 we’ve had four fantastic releases with this guy, as well as a few remixes in between. His latest offering – Pumping Pumping EP continues to perform well on the circuit, which is no surprise really given that the tracks are perfect dancefloor fodder. The remix intros with a nice crispy hi-hat that is accompanied by a sharp clap and snare. A chunky kick joins the party and we set off deep into a house groove with the introduction of some warm chords. The track breaks to reveal a groovy bassline and a superb bright piano melody which take over the sound for the duration. Quirky counting vocal snippets are spread over the track and timed to perfection. A host of cool drums dish out a solid rhythm and set the scene for this epic funky groover.

Jader Ag aka Italian born, Canada based DJ and producer Jader Agnolin returns to Piston on remix duty after his debut – Triggs back in July 2015. Here, the remix intros with a nice solid kick drum and hi hat combi before a raw, deep bassline takes over. Cool percussions layer up and we soon get locked into a very smooth rhythm that flows effortlessly out of the speakers. Short synth stabs are met with cool vocals and give the track a nice tech flavour. But it’s the bassline that wins the day here, it stands out beautifully with its probing tentacles looking for new orifices to invade. Another fine slice of tech you will not want to miss.

Italian artist Daniele Kama returns to Piston Recordings on remix duties after a bit of a hiatus. We last saw him way back in 2012 with She Appears EP and since then he has shown up on Eyepatch Recordings and Sounds R Us Recordings. Daniele remains a highly respected artist in the world of electronica having gained lots of support from a host of international DJ’s and working with many other fine artists on various record labels. The remix intros with a cool percussion led affair. Shuffling hats and various other drum themed sounds converge alongside the chunky kicks to deliver a solid flowing rhythm. Soon enough the bassline arrives and transforms the track beautifully with its infectious warm glow. In the background we are faced with some very cool FX indeed, some come direct from the cosmos with their surreal spacey vibes and alien themes. The track suddenly breaks to reveal an ear splitting high pitch tone as counting vocals go off over the top before the drums kick back in and we are left with a superb laidback tech groove. Top notch stuff.

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EAT DUST – SAVAGES EP
Jan 2016 11

Eat Dust aka Portuguese DJ and producer Mario Silva debuts on Piston with the impressive two tracker – Savages EP. Over the last 3 years or so this guy has released some excellent cuts on various labels including Obscura Recordings, Plastik Galaxy and Dubtek Records to name just a few. He has also shown up on Monog Records back in 2014 with Portrait Illusions and a remix on HedUbble’s Animal Feeling as well as an appearance on Tech House Toolbox 3 for Bonzai Progressive. Delighted to have him on board and we look forward to more from this talented artist.

Savages intros with a cool tribal drum set up with a nice chunky kick over the top alongside some bright crispy hats and sharp claps, enough to get the rhythm into full swing. After a short break we get thrust into a proper tech house groove with a solid, deep bassline moving the track along effortlessly. Short stabs litter the sound and offer cool textures that will make the DJ’s work so much easier when cutting up in the mix. A real nice slice of chugging tech house for the floors, top notch.

Transitions sets out with a punchy kick and soft hats combi before being joined by a cool effected vocal and a hypnotic rising percussion arrangement. The bass suddenly drops in and takes us away on a superb deep house groove that will have the floors bouncing to the beat. The deep house vibe oozes out of this one as warm chords and scattered string swells cut through the bassline. The break throws up some nice synth key stabs that take hold and stay for the duration and adding a bit of spice to the track. A superb cut that will not disappoint.

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ORAA & EKAI – FREAK LIKE ME
Jan 2016 04

Oraa & Ekai return to Piston with the superb two track Freak Like Me. This dynamic duo’s first outing for Piston was back in January 2015 with Hot Like 95 Fahrenheit, which picked up great support from across the board and no doubt this newest cut will follow suit.

Freak Like Me is a super groovy, upfront and in your face slice of tech house that will surely get the floors rocking to the beat. Nice chunky kicks and crispy hats reside alongside a tight percussion arrangement that sets off a cool rhythmic flow. Beefing up that rhythm we get treated to some cool keys and a superb probing bassline that will control those booty movements all night. Throughout the track we have a classic mid-nineties vocal acappella that will be instantly recognisable to those that know. The perfect party pumper, a must have track for sure.

Shakedown sets out with a percussion led intro which is soon joined by a super thumpy kickdrum and a cool vocal. A high pitched string offers a cool retro theme to the sound before that top notch grooving bassline comes in and takes over. Aside from a fantastic, tight drum arrangement we get treated to some ultra techy stabs that keep this groove rolling on. Various vocal flavours give the track a funky twist making this one a definite go to track for any set.

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