Portuguese DJ and producer Mario Franca makes a welcome return to Piston Recordings with another superb two tracker titled Calina EP. Mario started to DJ in 1995 and made his way around Portugal playing the best clubs and parties. In 2007 he released his first tracks and from there he has built up a solid catalogue full of top-notch grooves. A seasoned artist with a wonderfully unique style, we’re delighted to have him back for more.
Calina is a fresh house joint driven by a rhythmic drum arrangement and a distinctly island vibe. The drums are truly infectious here, smooth and flowing effortlessly, blending with the keys for that sun-kissed feeling. The bassline warms the groove beautifully alongside captivating vocals, creating a rich and textured sound. The perfect fodder to heat up the floors, not to be missed.
All Sleep takes us deeper into the house realm with a solid slice made up of chunky beats and a deep rumbling bassline. The drums show a tinge of tribalism and remain a powerful force throughout. On the low end the bass is thick and warm, shoring up the groove beautifully while funky guitar riffs and classic house chord stabs collide. An array of FX and cool vocals make this a mesmerizing piece which is topped off with hair-raising pads that rise up through the mire. An absolute must have no doubt.
Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/calina-ep/2450196
Ritz aka Portuguese DJ and producer Ricardo Cardoso returns to us with the superb three track EP titled Daily Routine. His 10th outing for us since 2016, he’s also contributed several tracks on our compilations over the years. Ricardo got the electronic music bug in the mid 90’s after visiting clubs such as Climacz and Alcantara-Mar. He quickly got into Deep House, Deep Dub, House and Leftfield House. It was under the pseudonym M0u53 that in 2015 he released several singles and EPs ON Audaz Recordings and Hush Recordz. In 2016 he changed his stage name to Ritz, and since then he has worked with many national and international publishers such as ARTS, Blossom Kollektiv, Hypnotic Room, Open Bar Music, Piston Recordings, Plastic City and many more. He rarely does DJ sets and when he does, it is on special occasions using only his music.
Daily Routine delivers a unique deep house groove which intros with a gritty vocal rhyming off various recreational chemicals and beverages. A smooth vibe ensues thanks to a deep probing bassline and warm keys combo, driven by a tight and upbeat drum arrangement. Cool contrasts are found in the crispy hi hats and the low frequencies which makes this a solid choice to get the floor moving. A must have that will not disappoint.
Ostinato is a superb slice of deep house with a wonderful classic twist. An organic drum section provides an infectious rhythm to the groove as a plucky bassline adds a sprinkling of funk. Melodic pads fill out the background creating a rich palette of sound and captivating the mind while classic style pianos come through. A cascading arp sound adds that contemporary touch that will definitely put this one into many crates.
Get The F**k Out Of My Face is a proper late-night joint that provides the fodder to sustain a trippy experience. A nice punchy kick drum joins sharp, crispy hi hats for a rhythmic arrangement that forces you to move. Warm keys deliver elongated chords which mesmerize alongside more stabby, shorter notes while a subtle jazzy trumpet eases in. The vocals provide an urban touch straight off a modern-day city street. Great stuff that you will not want to miss.
Re.Find is the alias of one of our longstanding artists who has contributed quite a lot of top-notch cuts over the last number of years and debuts here at Piston Recordings with the superb Juggler EP. Re.Find’s first EP titled Soldier Boy on Inyan Music, has found its way onto several compilations since its release in 2016. More info will be divulged in due course, but for now, enjoy this unique sound.
Juggler intros with a solid, punchy kick drum and warm analogue style bassline while various percussions layer up creating a smooth rhythmic flow. The bassline mesmerizes as it weaves through the groove, keeping the booty shakin’. Sublime melodies cascade through the sound as plucky, grittier stabs ring out. An upbeat slice that will definitely keep the floors alive.
Clown Town is a dynamic track featuring a host of interesting sounds the blend effortlessly, wrapped up in a tight groove. Thumping kicks and crisp hats lead the way while layered percussions move the track nicely. Clangy metallic sounds clash with warm chords and cool FX creating a distinctively futuristic vibe. The bassline performs a Jekyll and Hyde routine as smooth plucks are replaced by grittier tones and elongated notes. A brilliant production that will not disappoint.
Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/juggler-ep/2446612