Ekai & Txeff On are next up on Piston Recordings with their upbeat two tracker In My Mind. Ekai returns to these shores after a bit of a hiatus, his last outing coming back December 2015 alongside Oraa on Fear Like Me. He is a lover of house in all its forms and 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. Txeff On aka Spanish DJ and producer Joseba Aguirre debuts on Piston and we’re delighted to have him on board as he brings a wonderfully rich house sound to the table. With a preference for the deeper side of house music, techno and minimal it’s clear to see why this guy is gonna be much sought after in the years ahead.
First up we have the pumping house joint, In My Mind. A beautifully constructed slice, this one will have the floors rocking for sure. Nice and chunky kick drums lead the way alongside crispy sharp hats and a tight drum arrangement. The bassline locks down the low end and draws you into its deep tech groove. Cool house styled vocals ring out and add that classic vibe to the sound as subtle synths and keys come through. A solid danceable groove that will be a welcome addition in any set.
Somebody Calling intros with a cool round of crispy hats and sharp claps that build up into a tight arrangement delivering a smooth rhythmic vibe. Pounding kick drums take over alongside a very cool spoken vocal which leads us deeper into the groove. A deep droning bass is introduced and is joined by a brilliant, colourful synth which delivers some interesting contrasts in the sound. A solid tech house cut that will definitely turn a few heads.
Dennis Franchi debuts on Piston Recordings with the fantastic Inyo Place and he brings along one of Belgium’s rising talents Angelo Dobric aka Angelo Jensen for the ride. Into Place also features three top quality mixes that will surely get the deep and tech juices flowing. We’re used to seeing Dennis ply his trade over at Bonzai Progressive and Creaminal Records. His last outing was under his House Lovin’ Criminals guise – alongside studio partner C-Les – and as always he caused quite a stir with his expertly crafted brand of tech house flavours. Angelo is leading a new wave of up and coming Belgian artists and he is already well known for his deep and heavy trademark. His first release was back in March 2016 when he appeared alongside House Lovin’ Criminals with Cander on Hush Recordz. His techno sets are renowned for getting the crowd into a hypnotic state, he’s played in many places including various spots around Ibiza, definitely one to watch here.
The Original Mix sets off with a very smooth groovy vibe as punchy kick drums are met with bright crispy hats a warm, deep and lush bassline that melts into the groove beautifully. The track goes deep with some moody sounding pads and chords as well as distant arps and cool vocals that are spread throughout. Definitely a contender for peak time sets and sure to get the floors moving.
Portuguese DJ and producer Mario Silva aka Eat Dust returns to Piston, this time on remix duties. We last caught a glimpse of this hugely talented artist back in March 2016 with his Robots EP which found its way into many sets to the delight of many. On the remix Mario delivers yet another superb slice of tech that sets off with a nice punchy kick drum and shuffling hat combi that gets the rhythm moving. Cool percussions are introduced and the track layers up smoothly into a full on pumper. The bassline rumbles through the low end as stabby chords reside in the mid section. A big focus remains on the drum arrangements that become the backbone of the track creating a fantastic groovy tech monster. A definite must have no doubt.
Medellin, Columbia based DJ and producer duo Hassio (COL) and Ghek join forces on their Piston Recordings debut for remix duties on Into Place. Hassio aka Daniel Messa has amassed a hugely impressive release count over the last few years and has appeared on many top labels during this time. He is also a hard working DJ, playing out at many gigs around his home country and beyond. Daniel also runs events for UnderGrooveNation. Ghek also plays out at top venues around Columbia and has notched up a very impressive release count in just a short space of time. His music has been released on Dirty Humans, Frequenza and High Contrast, to name just a few. On the remix the guys pull their resources to deliver a solid slice of tech house that draws you into its beautifully crafted layers that are stacked full on quality sounds. The tight drum arrangement ensures a flowing rhythmic groove while a deep bassline will most certainly get booty’s shakin on the floors. The synths are top notch here and they’re complimented with cool vocals and colourful FX. Excellent stuff that you’ll not want to miss.
SteMI aka Italian DJ and producer Stefano†Minturnino returns to Piston for remix duties and is fresh off the back of his debut – Timeless, in June 2016. With a rich musical knowledge and years of experience, this guy certainly knows how to work a track, and this one is no exception. The remix opens with a smooth deep groovy sound that delivers a flawless rhythmic vibe. You find yourself completely locked on right from the off and as the layers build we go deeper into the abyss. The bassline probes its way into your inner core as tight drums keep the rhythm flowing. The track takes a minimal approach which delivers a superb seriously deep groove making this a top notch tool for those late night sessions.
Argentinean DJ and producer Leandro Di returns to Piston with the superb two tracker Spiral Space. Leandro has made several appearances on Piston over the last couple of years, his tracks have featured on various compilations of ours as well as over at Bonzai Progressive. He got his full debut back in the summer of 2015 with Love From Another Woman EP which gained great support across the board. A master of the deeper grooves, we’re delighted to have him back once more.
Spiral Spaces is a wonderful moody deep and groovy track that will give the floors something to get down to. Big chunky kick drums lead the way alongside bright crispy hi hats and a superb hypnotic synth note. Dark vocal snippets come though and build the track smoothly into an all round deep house groover. A definite must have, the floors are gonna rock to this one.
Chicago Streets intros with a nice punchy kick drum and offset hi hat that delivers a classic feel to the track. Beautifully composed piano house chords fade in and suddenly you find yourself at the epicentre of an eruption of pure quality sounds. A deep probing bassline snakes through the track as those pianos dominate. The track is then given its cherry on top in the form of a diva driven vocal that personifies the house sound. A straight up stomper that will destroy the floors no doubt, not to be missed.