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ILARIO LAGGETTA – 088 EP
May 2017 29

Ilario Laggetta returns to Piston Recordings as a solo artist with his 088 EP. His debut for us came back in the Summer of 2015 alongside studio partner Alessio Rizzo with the superb Breakfast In Lebanon. Ilario found music early in his life and in 1988 he stepped into the DJ world and began a magical journey that would take him through various clubs and top spot at various DJ competitions. His sets deliver a cool blend of rhythmic tech house with melodic touches while his music carries its own unique characteristic. Great to see him at Piston once more.

088 intros with a fantastic pounding kick drum and bright crispy hi hat combo alongside minimal percussions and a cool vocal one shot. The track breaks to reveal some very cool synth stabs and club vocals that deliver a nice retro theme throughout. The groove is pumped up by a dancey bassline and various synth riffs that keep the vibe alive. A real nice slice of tech flavoured house that is not to be missed.

I Said House is a solid stomper of a track which pumps out a serious groove that will delight the floors for sure. Thumping kick drums lead the way alongside tight percussions and shuffling hats as a bubbling bassline rattles along. Cool vocals which sound like ‘acid house’ litter the groove giving the track a real nice club vibe. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.

Love And Money delivers a full on tech house groove complete with punchy kick drums, slicing hi hats and a fantastic bouncing bassline that will force you to the floor. A very cool female vocal runs through the track to great effect, giving it a solid dancefloor appeal for sure. Minimal sounds blend together in all right places making this a definite must have for those pumping sets.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/088-ep/2011160

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RICK WADE – I KNOW UR THERE EP
May 2017 22

Prolific house music aficionado Rick Wade returns to Piston Recordings with his fourth slice of house music goodness for our listening pleasure. Detroit based Rick is highly revered in the industry for his dedication to the true purposes of house. Also known as Big Daddy Rick and Dr. Low-Tech, he has literally released hundreds of tracks throughout his career on almost 50 different labels since the mid 1990’s. He is also owner of Harmonie Park Records which specialises in deep house and has been running this label since 1993. Born just outside Chicago’s South Side he started spinning in the mid 80’s in the same club where Jeff Mills was cutting his teeth. From there he went on to run his own show on WCBN and gained a name for himself on the circuit to this day. His last outing here – Daedalus – was very well received as expected and we’ve no doubt this one will hit the floors in time for the Summer months.

I Know Ur There gives us that classic pumping kick drum and crispy hi hat with scattered percussions combo on the intro. The track suddenly breaks to reveal the warmest chords and endearing club style vocal. The beats return and you know you’re in for a real treat. Those chords remain a constant and are joined by high strings and brighter, simple notes which add texture to the sound. A relentless floor move here no doubt, a must have.

Seen Things opens with a cool spoken vocal to the backdrop of warm pads and high strings. A deep probing bassline joins in before a subtle kick drum arrives with bright crispy hi hats in tow on the offset. The pads mesmerize creating a melancholic groove that is built upon with the addition of soft synth stabs and cool FX. The vocal returns adding character to the sound making this the perfect weapon for the late night sessions.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/i-know-ur-there-ep/2011097

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MIKE DENITZ – IT’S HERE EP
May 2017 22

Madrid based DJ and producer Mike Denitz returns to Piston Recordings for his second stint with the superb It’s Here EP. His last effort here – Come Back EP – proved popular among many and we’ve no doubt this one will follow suit. Since then he has released on several labels as well as featuring on My House Is Your House 14 for our parent label Bonzai Progressive. Nice to see him back for more.

This three tracker serves up a real nice tech house treat that gives us plenty of reasons to hit the floors. First up we have It’s Here which intros with a pumping kick drum and shuffling hi hat combo. The deep basses have a building intensity which comes to the fore on the break creating a solid groove to get down to. Top notch stuff. Next up we have Chop That which sets out with punchy kicks and rhythmic percussions before a deep rumbling bassline takes over dominating the groove. Cool vocal shots litter the sound creating a dynamic layer while pads float across the spectrum. Superb stuff with a pounding beat that is not to be missed. Rounding off this fine pack we have the deeper One More Time with its slightly more minimal approach. The drums beat out a steady groove as sub level basses rattle the bass bins. Intense pads rise up alongside distant rave synths which are joined by a very cool spoken vocal creating an intriguing narrative. Excellent stuff once again that will not disappoint.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/its-here-ep/2011114

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