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Jun201917

Portuguese DJ and producer Ricardo Cardoso aka Ritz returns to Piston with the four track Carousel EP. Aside from contributing several tracks on our compilations, Ritz has also delivered a series of quality cuts for us over the years, including his last effort, on the remix for Lebedev’s Paris Night followed the superb Bronx 476.9625 EP with both being very well received as always. 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, Plastic City and many more. Ricardo also runs his own imprint called Left Hook Recordings where he showcases his own unique sound. He rarely does DJ sets and when he does, it is on special occasions using only his own music.

Carousel is up first and offers a freshly squeezed deep house cut that delights with its dancefloor appeal and warm lush tones. Tight drums drive the groove as mesmerizing chords modulate in a very cool unique motion. A deep, probing bassline shifts the hips while cool vocal snippets add weight to the rhythm. Top-notch stuff that will not disappoint.

MD Tonico dishes out a groovy slice with upbeat funky elements. Punchy kick drums and shuffling hi hat patterns combine as a plucky bassline joins in. The bassline moves up and down the scale with a funky twist as cool keys bring the deep house flavour alive. A playful track with a lot to offer in any building set.

When It Kicks In is a superb deep house effort with a nice flow that would suit any floor. The bassline delivers a strong, probing sound that works in tandem with the 4×4 beat and some very cool synth stabs. This one is definitely destined to fill the floors with its upbeat vibe and colourful palette. Melodic pads rise slowly through the groove and subtle vocals add a cool touch making this an absolute must have, no doubt.

Disorder rounds up this impeccable EP with a dynamic groove that will brighten up any set. Chunky beats lead the way as a series of intricate percussion patterns generate a flowing rhythm. Plucky basses give off a garage flavour as a cacophony of notes create a somewhat chaotic sequence. This brings in that unique sound that will captivate for sure. Great stuff indeed.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/carousel-ep/2607525

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Jun201910

Stemi aka Italian DJ and producer Stefano Minturnino returns to Piston Recordings alongside debutant Marc Noble on their Collab EP. Stemi is no stranger to Piston, his last effort, Monday Night from early 2017 was well received. Stefano is following in his Father’s footsteps, his Father became a DJ and set up his own local radio station, and soon enough Stefano was interested in music and clubbing. Over the years he has worked on several projects including Deependance, Dejavu and Hysteria to name just a few. He has also supported top artists including the likes of Francois K, Smokin Jo, Paul Trouble Anderson and Quentin Harris among others. Stefano focuses on deep tech and house and he is always aiming for an innovative sound in his productions where he can develop his own idea of dance music culture. Marc Noble debuts with us at Piston and he is no stranger to the rhythm and chimes of music. From an early age his passion for disco music came from listening to his parents 12” records. It was only natural then that he explored house music, getting his first second-hand turntables and mixer. DJing is something he took seriously and was a skill he nurtured whilst at high school. He further expanded his knowledge and craft at events and musical performances in both well-known and lessor well-known establishments. The climax of his career was getting in an Aperipulp event line-up. After University with a business degree firmly under his belt, he notched up yet another academic qualification pursuing his love for music at the Nut Academy in Naples with a diploma as an electronic music producer and sound designer. In 2018 he released his first tracks and already he is being recognised for his quality sound. Great to have him here.

India intros with a surprisingly thumping kick drum alongside a politically driven narrative in spoken word. A deep, moving bassline shocks the low end as cool piano chords deliver that deep house vibe. On the break we hear more of the inspirational vocal as sharp violin stabs contrast with the pulsating bassline. Top notch stuff that will not disappoint.

Chicago Night dishes out a solid deep house slice that is sure to get the floors moving to the groove. Tight beats get the rhythmic juices flowing as a plucky bassline moves effortlessly on the low end. Warm, rich pads and a soft, sultry vocal combine for that late-night vibey feeling. Plucked melodies come through to contrast with the deeper elements making this a dynamic cut that is not to be missed.

Downtown is a definite dancefloor destroyer thanks to its upbeat and downright funky groove. Cool clubby vocals run through the sound as a thumping beat drives the rhythm along with shuffling hats and percussions. Sublime chords take us deeper as a playful bassline locks us in. Familiar guitar riffs lace the sound to give that true funky vibe which will put this one at the top of many playlists.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/collab-ep/2601816

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Jun201903

Discult Soundsystem return to Piston Recordings with the fantastic Outflank which is backed up by two solid remixes from Ritz and Luis Bravo. Outflank follows the groups 2017 slice, Onket EP and we’ve no doubt it will be just as impactful on the floors. Tristan and Alexis are the artists behind Discult Soundsystem and their adventure began in 2016 when they moved to Berlin. Their DJ sets where devoted to catchy deep house vibes which took them to various venues where they experimented with the crowds. Laurent Garnier soon became interested in the duo and invited them to play on his radio show. Soon after, they released Onket on Piston before also getting tracks signed to D-Mood Records.

The Original Mix is an upfront deep house cut with one sole purpose which is to work the floor into a frenzy, and it certainly hits the mark. Punchy beats and shuffling hats are joined by a cool clubby vocal. A sub-level bass pummels the low-end sending vibrations through the foundations. A series of eerie reversed pads captivate as the vocal locks into a hypnotic hold. Top-notch, not to be missed.

Ritz is first up on the remix and is fresh off the back of his album release, Meditation. 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, Plastic City and many more. Here, Ritz offers up a much deeper, darker interpretation on the original with a solid, intriguing and captivating construction. The use of the vocal adds an extra, dynamic layer that blends effortlessly with the sharp chords and that rumbling bassline making this an absolute must have.

Luis Bravo is our next remixer with his Intro Remix. No stranger to us here at Piston, Luis returns after his debut, Refugio EP. We usually see Luis over on Monog Records and he has also appeared on Bonzai Progressive as well as a host of other top labels over the years. We know a lot of things about Luis but one thing always stands out, his creativity and passion for his music. Born in the Azores, he gained his love of music from an early age, focusing on electronic sounds. His music comes from the soul and throughout the years he’s gained a solid reputation among his peers and fans with support coming in from all quarters. As the name of Luis’ remix suggests, we’re treated to a sublime intro that captures the imagination. The vocal comes through beautifully as warm, pumping kick drums drive the groove alongside crispy hats and claps. As the pads subside, we’re left with a deep probing bassline that moves through the groove creating movement and adding spice to the sound. Another superb effort from this guy that does not disappoint.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/outflank/2600526

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