Hailing from Portugal and now residing in Barcelona, Carlos “Fauvrelle” marks his Piston debut with a superb four track EP entitled “4 Piston’s”. No stranger to the electronic music scene, Carlos has a host of quality releases to his name on many labels including, Glam Records, Insert Coin, KULT, Nervous Records and lots more. He has graced the decks all over Portugal and around the world, playing in parties such as Zouk in Singapore, Pacha in NYC, Womb in Tokyo, Space in Miami, Rex in Paris and Circus in Montreal. His brilliant style of DJing allows him to fuse the old with the new and on his label In Flagrante Music he breaks down the genre defining barriers in order to avoid the dreaded pigeon-holing phenomenon.
First up we have “LSTU90″ which is an awesome classic style house party tune with some deep funky elements. The tune intros with that unique New York house synth organ and progresses well with the drums and crisp percs giving a steady rhythm. Great vocals used here with a few old school samples thrown in that will have any crowd on their feet.
“All Night” gets deeper into the groove with a cool laid back house sound, smooth steady beats with some great synth keys providing a bit of funk and a super bass keeps this groove moving. The tune gets all Barry White with a deep deep vocal popping up throughout and this adds a real cool flavour.
“Blues Train” shows us where Carlos’ style is going, he is able to give out an electro type vibe with all the elements of modern deep house groove. Familiar percs stand out well here but the big hitter on this tune is for sure the synth work, an infectious hook drives on and on with the added vocal snippets coming through, big big sound destined for a load of playlists.
Finally we have “Keep Doing It”, just simply a pure solid, driving deep house groove. Real sharp hats and a nice thump on the kick marry well with very simple yet highly effective keys. What a joy to listen to, this will grab anyone and hold them on the floors against their will!
Rick Wade – Blues Train is Real Right! 10/10
Patrick Zigon – great moody stuff! 8/10
UGLH – Nice EP, thanks 7/10
Shades Of Gray – All night! BOMB… love it. Blues Train also amazing 9/10
Inkfish – Pure house true to its form. Keep doing it is my favourite, although all the tracks are strong and very crisply produced. 8/10
Noah Pred – Classic Piston-style deep house. Thanks. 7/10
Olderic – great deep ep! 9/10
Hermanez – nice deep tracks, tnx 8/10
Figueroa – Amazing EP, love the full pack. Full support. 10/10
Severino Panzetta – All tracks are groovy .. Last one is sweet 8/10
Mi Ke – HOT EP!!!! Love all of them! 9/10
Slam – cool trax – will road test thanx guys 7/10
HNQO – Will test ALL NIGHT – thanks for the pack 7/10
Nils Nurnberg – Al Night is cool. THX 7/10
Chuck Flask – nice cuts! 8/10
KISK – Cool vibes, full support 7/10
Sasch BBC – good tracks here! thank you 7/10
Ka§par – Very well produced, sounds great. Thick no nonsense house that anyone can relate to, hard to pick a fave, but “Blues Train” is my choice after a first listen 8/10
Ken Fan – As always a great release 9/10
Filthy Rich (Hot Waves, Great Stuff Recordings, Nervous Records) charted Ma Business on his latest Beatport chart!
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After the big success of his Txuribeltz EP on Piston Recordings, we sat down with Nacho Gonzalez most know as Piek to all of you and asked him a few questions about his past, present and future projects!
Hi Piek, can you give us a brief history of how you got into music, your influences and what drives you to produce?
I got into music since I was a child. I was already recording, buying and listening to dance tapes when I was 4 years old. My first big influence was 90s dance music: Technotronic, Snap and all that stuff. Then, beeing a teenager I was really into trance music and after that, it came the minimal boom which brought Piek to life. But House music has been always there.
When I was young I always thought that if I could have the sounds of the songs I loved, I would be able to do different grooves and melodies, so when I discovered the game “Music” for PlayStation, my dream came true (laughs)
Tell us about your sound, do you have a preference or are you open to different styles?
First of all I consider myself a music explorer. I’m always hungry of new music and everyday I can appraise and enjoy more and more styles. At this moment I’m really focused on underground electronic music and specially on House but I’m also working in stuff for comercial advertising, so as you can see, I’m very open.
How did you come to release music through Piston?
MySpace is the reason. When I finished my first “minimal” tracks in 2007, I started looking for labels into my MySpace friends. I found like three or four and I just sent the stuff to them.
The first one giving me an answer was Piston. so since then I’ve been working with them very close.
On the Txuribeltz EP you work with some great artists namely Bjerk Peterson on Nasty and Efron on Ma Business, how did these guys get involved in the project?
On Nasty, I had the groove ready but I couldn’t find a proper bassline. So I asked Bjerk Peterson if he wanted to do something. 10 minutes after sending him the parts, he came with that amazing bassline that gave me the key finish the track. He also recorded some Nasty vocals but it’s better to don’t ask what does he say (laughs)
On Ma Business, Efron started with a little groove that I liked. Then I told him to come to my studio with those parts and we build the track. Our idea was to make a “not very serious” track. Just something for fun.
There are two great remixes on the EP also, Pawas remixing Nasty and Hector Couto remixing Ma Business, how and why were these guys selected?
I’m a big fan of Hector Couto’s stuff, specially of what he is releasing lately. So I thought he could fit very well on Ma Business and I asked him to do the remix. He agreed and he told me that he was looking for a remix to complete one of the releases of his label Pura Music, so I did it and everything fits!
When we were looking for an artist to remix Nasty, label boss Rogerio came up with Pawas. I’ve been following his music since 2006 or 2007. I played a lot some of the stuff he made together with Daso too, so I said to Rogerio: Pawas is PERFECT!! It’s a true honour to have both Hector and Pawas in this release, they have done a great job.
You are resident in club Txuribeltz, how has this influenced you name the EP after the club?
Jose, Txuribeltz’s owner, was the first person to give me the chance to start doing regular parties in a club and bringing close friends to play with me like Efron or Oraa. He has always been very kind with us and he has worked very hard to set a proper club in Pamplona. He also loves what we do and I feel very grateful, so that’s the reason Txuribeltz EP was made.
Txuribeltz EP has done very well on vinyl, will there be more vinyl from you and do you think there is an increase in demand for vinyl?
Yes, thankfully there will be more vinyl releases coming in the future. I have just released a record called “Hemingway” on the label Fiakun from Gernika that features the incredible voice of Samuel Fitch and Mianyo, that is working very well.
Yes, I think that lately the vinyl demand is increasing a bit thanks to labels that are putting out awesome music on vinyl only like Arpiar, All Inn, Stablo, Sunklo, Fathers & Sons and many more. I know that vinyl manufacture is a pain in the ass for todays music business model but I’m a vinyl lover and compulsive buyer, so I hope vinyl will stay with us for many years.
What are your plans for the future?
At this moment I’m finishing producing Lady Gaga’s upcoming album. Nah, it’s not true… (laughs)
Well, first I want to release some more EP’s and then focus on my artist album. I also want to set my live set for 2014 and of course, keep working on the label we have together with UNER and Baum called Paulatine.
Piek – Txuribeltz EP is now available in vinyl and digital formats.