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Maxim Lebedev aka Lebedev (RU) returns to Piston Recordings with the fantastic Susceptibility EP. This one follows his hugely impressive debut Paris Nights EP back at the start of Summer 2019. Maxim grew up listening to electronic music, it was Daft Punk’s sound that really got him hooked. He started to work on his own tracks at just 16 years of age and he quickly found that house music was where he wanted to be. He has gone on to release top quality cuts on various labels. Maxim has also been running his own label, Red Factory Records, since 2015, specializing in house music and its funky sub-genres. Great to have him on board and we hope to see more soon.

Susceptibility opens with a warm loop before a deep voice heralds in those lush kick drums and shuffling hi hats. A deep, grooving bassline gets the body moving as the classic filtered loop style builds and builds. Cool sax riffs light up the groove, adding that musical touch to the sound. A fresh, upbeat slice that will have the floors shakin’ no doubt.

Aspiration is a beautifully constructed deep house joint, filled with deep, probing bass and mesmeric filtered samples. That classic house theme prevails along with added vocal and a tight, chunky drum arrangement. The rhythm is fluid, thanks to intricate percussions and spritely hats and cymbals. A definite must have that will not disappoint.

We’re delighted to have Steve Kelley back at Piston, this time he is treating us to his Beach Remix of Susceptibility which follows his debut here with Look Around EP. Steve came from humble beginnings as a resident DJ at local Birmingham clubs, now he finds himself heading up one of the most forward thinking labels in the world of dance music, Celestial Recordings. After starting up his own events with great success the next step was to enter the world of producing his music and he soon found his works on labels such as D’Amour Recordings, Soul Shift and Suma Records. On the remix here, Steve gets us in the mood for a warm sunny day at the beach party. Fresh and funky, the vibe is alive thanks to n upbeat drum section and powerful bassline. Cool vocals and sweeping loops combine effortlessly making this the perfect fodder for any set.

Col Lawton is up next with a splendid remix of Susceptibility. Marking his debut here, Newcastle, UK based DJ, producer Col fell in love with music from an early age. He was first influenced by friends at house parties who taught him and inspired him to become a DJ. In the early 2000’s he began to have an interest in producing and now he spends time in the studio, interpreting his everyday feeling into sounds. Here, Col wastes no time in getting right down to business. A warm groove is born out of nice chunky kicks and a deep, grooving bassline. Hypnotic pads and ghostly sax riffs create a surreal atmosphere as that super deep vocal narrates. Superb stuff and just the tonic for building the party vibe.

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We welcome Sherr back to Piston Recordings with his Yeah Yeah EP, which comes hot on the heels of his last outing here with Pasion EP. Argentinean DJ and producer Sherr has been passionate about music from a young age. His love for the creation of rhythms and melodies grew over time, then he discovered house and fell in love with this rhythm. An obsessive collector, always open to new inspirations of house music, he immediately began to understand and create his own music. His DJ sets are always fun, original and full of grooves that have made thousands of Buenos Aires clubbers dance over the years. He has seen releases on Innocent Music, Act Natural Records, Deeper Records, Alboratory, Tip Tap Records and Baile Musik. Great to see him back.

Yeah Yeah opens with a beautifully organic, ambience full of chatter and rhythmic percussion. Warm chords fade up before a cool vocal heralds in those lush, punchy kick drums. The track just feels right, it’s so easy to get lost in the atmosphere. The groove rolls so smoothly, you find yourself letting loose on the floor. A wonderfully simple yet highly impactful slice of deep house goodness that does not disappoint.

Room 005 intros with a round of intricate percussion patterns and a tense pad in the background. Nicely rounded kick drums add weight before a deep rumbling bassline takes us to the depths of deep house. The groove is laid back with enough drive to get the booty shakin’. A very simple offbeat vocal adds character in this minimal style groove. A solid cut and a must have for sure.

Doctor Deep delivers a wonderful, upbeat, floor friendly groove. Chunky beats and rhythmic percussions set the tone as a plucky, dancey bassline dominates. Swirling pads, chopped vocals and a subtle arpeggio combine to inject atmosphere, but the bassline remains the focus, driving the groove beautifully. The perfect fodder for the more energetic sets, not to be missed.

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Leko On Pluto aka Siyabonga Dube debuts on Piston Recordings with Her Kiss EP. A musical journey tracing all the way back to as early as 2007, Leko started making music at the tender age of 14, highly inspired by great music producers such as DJ Cleo, Black Coffee, DJ Clock & Kent to name a few. Growth was more developed by listening to various compilations on circulation at the time by the likes of DJ Fresh, Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Terrance, DJ Claude & Glen Lewis which inspired a much deeper and soulful tone on the horizon for Leko. Fascinated by Space and Galactic sounds, Leko’s sound is also shaped around an unearthly feel, creating a manifestation of a place eyes can’t see but can feel. A pleasure to have him on board.

Her Kiss is a deep, smooth production, focused on the ethereal. A mid-tempo slice, the drums and percussions roll out a tight rhythmic flow. Deep, subby basses add depth alongside spacey synths and FX for an off-world experience which is typical of a Leko On Pluto production. The groove remains firmly within deep house and will most definitely get the floors moving.

In Like intros with an intriguing build up, filled with sporadic percussions, pulsing synths and white noise. A solid kick drum comes through, leading us down a deep and murky path to the cosmos. Truly hypnotic and infectious, the sounds and FX make up a surreal groove alongside a very subtle yet impactful droning bassline. In a darkened room, late into the night, just as you start to mellow, this is the perfect track, not to be missed.

Stay Tru opens with a blippy sequence straight out of an early sci-fi movie score. Analogue style bass notes dance up and down the scale as a warm, deep house inspired chord pad rises up. A beautifully crafted drum sequence, made up of broken beats and rhythmic percussions, takes over, getting us moving on the floor. Groovy vocals add character to the sound, enhancing the infectious nature of the track. An epic slice that will not disappoint.

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