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NEREO – FUNKY DREAMS EP
Jul 2017 31

Nereo debuts on Piston Recordings with the fantastic house music slice Funky Dreams EP. Nereo has been churning out quality cuts since 2012 across several labels with great success on many charts and playlists. Delighted to have this guy on board and we hope to see more soon.

Funky Dreams intros with a smooth upbeat vibe thanks to chunky kick drums and a shuffling percussion arrangement. Echoing voices come through as a snare roll builds and the crashes to reveal a deep liquefied bassline that finds its way into every nook and cranny of the groove. The break dishes out cool vocals to the backdrop of some quality FX work before we get slammed back into full on mode for the duration. A must have no doubt, the floors are gonna rock to this one.

Make Up sets off with cool rhythmic percussion arrangement which is soon followed by a tight punchy kick drum that gets things moving nicely. A deep probing bassline takes control of the groove and is joined by cool urban style vocals. On the break we find some very cool sounds including a syncopated synth note that speeds up creating a fantastic climax that throws us right back into the main groove. Superb tech house that you do not want to miss.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/funky-dreams-ep/2056248

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DANIEL RAY – UNDER YOUR BED EP
Jul 2017 31

Popular Piston Recordings contributor Daniel Ray returns for his 5th outing here with the superb Under Your Bed EP. We last saw him back in December 2016 with the impressive Low Heals before appearances on volume 8 and 9 of our Secrets Of The Trade series. Always great to hear new material from this hugely talented artist and no doubt we’ll see much more in the future.

Under Your Bed settles into a wonderful deep groove right from the off as warm basses and chunky kick drums strike up a solid partnership alongside lush chords that fill out the low end of the spectrum beautifully. We’re lulled into the ever deepening atmosphere tanks to surreal background sounds that really get the imagination wandering. Superb stuff for the late night crew.

Ching Chong Cha delivers a fantastic deep and groovy slice of house music thanks to a tight drum section that also provides a smooth rhythmic flow. A deep bassline rolls through the track keeping us locked into the low end while space age synths churn out mesmeric melodies. The track also has a darker side where gritty synth stabs give off colourful textures which contrast beautifully within the sound. A definite must for the deeper set builders out there.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/under-your-bed-ep/2056232

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MARCELO DE ALMEIDA – DUB MOTION EP
Jul 2017 24

DJ and producer Marcelo De Almeida debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb Dub Motion EP which features three excellent cuts. Having spent his childhood in Canada listening to Hip Hop, he later moved to Portugal where he discovered a whole new world of music in the underground house music scene. After mastering the art mixing he turned his hand at music production and began to delve into deep and tech house. He is the label manager at Raw Level Records and over the years he has dished out a plethora of top notch grooves across several quality labels. We’re delighted to have him here at Piston and we hope to see more in the future.

Dub Motion intros with a very nice thumping kick drum and shuffling hi hat combi which are soon joined by some nifty drum work on the percussions that provide a steady rhythmic flow. A spoken vocal comes in which sets the mood for the atmospherics to follow their trippy path. Surreal keys and swirling FX boost the hypnotic groove as a subtle bass keeps the low end moving nicely. Top notch stuff not to be missed.

The Powder sets out with just one thing in mind, to rock the joint, no doubt. Seriously pumping beats over a perfectly balanced percussion arrangement are the main ingredients here and they sure do make a tasty groove. The break features a cool narrative which is followed by distant chord pads that add a sublime characteristic to the groove. This one just ploughs on with the discerning clubber in mind, superb stuff.

My Deep Heart offers a warming deep house vibe which starts off with floating pads and chords over a scattered percussion arrangement and a single down beat. A solid 4×4 rhythm soon takes over and we find ourselves locked in. Bright hi hats cut through a sub level bass that adds lush tones to the groove as screeching FX deliver a mesmeric flavour. The break throws up some beautiful subtle melodies before we’re pulled back into full on mode for the duration. A definite must have for sure.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/dub-motion-ep/2054204

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