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DJ and producer Marcelo De Almeida is back at Piston Recordings with his latest effort titled Festivos Brutos EP. Following his last outing, Outono EP, Marcelo brings his A-game as expected, taking us on another deep house fuelled ride. Marcelo spent his childhood in Canada listening to Hip Hop, he later moved to Portugal where he discovered a whole new world of music in the underground house music scene. After mastering the art mixing, he turned his hand at music production and began to delve into deep and tech house. He is the label manager at Raw Level Records and over the years he has dished out a plethora of top-notch grooves across several quality labels. We’re always excited when his latest works comes through the office and we’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing more from him in the future.

Festivos Brutos is an upbeat affair filled with tight beats and a nicely flowing rhythm. Spacey FX swirl through the groove as a driving, dancey bassline locks us in, getting the booty’s shakin on the floors. Strangely eerie synths create a surreal atmosphere fulfilling that cosmic vibe as the deeper elements keep the groove moving. Solid stuff that will not disappoint.

O Bounce Do Freak offers up a full-on, heads down, groove on slice that will most definitely work the floors into a frenzy. Nice chunky kicks and slicing hi hats join a tight percussion arrangement, delivering a steady rhythm. A bouncing bassline cascades through the groove, dishing out a warm low-end vibe. Classic chords line up with hypnotic intent while a loungey atmosphere resides in the distance. A beautiful deep house track that is not to be missed.

Sem Gluten is very much a drum focused slice that will be a welcome addition to any crate. The foundation of the track is laid down with solid thumpy kicks alongside shuffling hats and rhythmic percussions. A constant pad mesmerizes as smooth synth notes offer a musical element in the groove. Wonderfully minimal and hugely impactful, a must have no doubt.

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Rome based Italian producer De Nis debuts on Piston with the fantastic four track EP titled Scena. De Nis has a deep musical background, he is very much respected and appreciated by his colleagues for his creativity and original sound. A mysterious character with a love for vinyl records, we’re delighted to have him with us at Piston.

Rain Fall Down is a solid, driving Deep House joint with a tight structure made up of punchy kicks and superb rhythmic percussions. At the heart of the groove is a beautifully lush deep bassline that sits perfectly on the low end. Cool vocals add a nice clubby vibe while the real star of the groove are those chords, upbeat and on-point, they deliver an infectious groove to the floor that will not disappoint.

Tone intros with a thumpy kick and shuffling hi hat combo alongside a deep probing bassline. Hypnotic chords go through the filters creating a sublime progression that ramps up the tension in the groove. The track is wonderfully simplistic in nature, but with a massive, impactful groove that will definitely grab a lot of attention. Not to be missed.

Life At Sea offers up a superb hybrid style groove thanks to a combination of classic breaks and a solid 4 x 4 beat. Hypnotic chords relentlessly come through alongside a sub level bassline that oozes low end flavour. Brighter notes cut through the deeper elements as the percussion section dishes out an addictive rhythm. Some tasty 303 action is joined by syncopated notes which all makes for an absolute must have track.

Touch To Me rounds up off this fantastic EP and does so in style. The intro boasts a simple, punchy kick and crispy hat combo before distant pads fade in followed by a chest probing bassline that has risen from the deepest abyss. Smooth chords ease in for a mellow vibe as the main groove locks us in. The drum arrangement is beautifully constructed, offering up smooth changes to keep the rhythm flowing. Very nice indeed, perfect for the set opener or later, more laidback evening.

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Sonic Dust join us at Piston Recordings with an impressive two track debut titled Dive Into The Change EP. Italian DJ and producer duo Gerry Albano and Fabrizio Cusumano got together a few years ago with a view to create a project, based on continuous research and experimentation in sound, characterized by 90’s underground atmospheres, through the many musical directions plotted in time to the current electronic sound. If you have a look at their release count to date, you’ll see that they are fulfilling their mission and leaving us in awe in their wake. Great to have them on board.

Dive Into The Change delivers a wonderfully rich, deep and hypnotic groove, filled with distorted vocals and atmospheric sounds. A tight drum section drives the groove, creating a rhythmic space for the dancefloor. A mesmerizing arpeggio weaves through the track, playing on the nostalgia strings, and succeeding. The bassline is totally infectious with its monotonous tone digging deep into your soul. Superb stuff that will definitely be a welcome addition on the late-night floors.

Be With You intros with a sublime pad and short sharp vocal accompanied by subtle percussions. This sequence plays on you as synth stabs fade in and ultimately a nice rounded kick drum that has a solid thump. The track breaks to reveal a warm, lush double bass that fits perfectly into the surrealness of the sequence. Hypnotic arps cascade through the groove tying the darker elements with a hint of melody. An excellent slice that is not to be missed.

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