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Jan201928

Sardinia native MnD is up next on Piston Recordings with the superb three track EP titled Water On Mars. We also know this guy as Mend who has delivered some very memorable cuts already for us over the years. This is his first outing here though as his alter moniker MnD. He is known in the underground scene as a passionate and dedicated DJ with an authentic track selection which turns on the crowds wherever he plays. As a producer he enjoys dabbling with several styles of music and his works have been championed by top jocks all over the world. He finds inspiration in many forms, from cultures and places which create strong bonds in an artistic way. With an educated, eclectic taste that transcends into his own productions and DJ sets, MnD is definitely one to watch if you’re looking for music with feeling.

Up first we have the pacey, rhythmic deep house grooves of Water On Mars which intros with a tight drum arrangement that dishes out that emphatic rhythm. Smooth, deep basses settle in on the low end providing a solid groove to get down to. Soft, airy pads fill out the background as the drums really start to become infectious. Supremely mesmerizing from start to finish, this track is an absolute must have for your crate.

Fragmentation delivers a rich and powerful deep house cut thanks to punchy kick drums and a very strong plucky bassline. Rhythmic percussions get the feet tapping as wistful pads swirl around overhead. The bass really ties the track together beautifully despite the fragmented persona, it carries a lushness that pulls the rest of the sounds into its core resulting in a super tight groove. A wonderfully hypnotic slice for the late-night session.

Velvet rounds up this latest Piston release with a track that really lives up to its name. The intro boasts an inviting drum section with an up-tempo rhythm and distinct, snappy percussions. Dark elements including eerie FX and soft, chilling pads become involved bringing a hypnotic trait to the sound as a bubbling bassline lurks subtly on the low end. A robust sound that will definitely grab attention in the darker rooms, not to be missed.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/water-on-mars-ep/2475718

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Jan201921

Jasev and Antares are back at Piston Recordings with the superb three track EP titled H Start EP. This one follows their debut here in the Summer with People EP which gained great support and also got an appearance on our Ghettoblasters compilation. Hailing from Italy, this duo has been rocking techno and tech house joints with their pumping sound and dynamic sets. Both guys started to release in 2016 and in early 2017 they joined forces and have churned out top quality cuts ever since. They have participated in several important national and international electronic music events and their sound resonates well around the world.

H Start opens with an upbeat groove featuring rhythmic drums and a smooth dancing bassline. Wispy voices add character as groovy keys fade in to match the bassline. The track has a wonderfully rich club vibe thanks to the delicate chanting while frantic synths add that extra layer of melody. A real nice slice of deep house grooves for the more energetic floors.

Party With Me intros with a cool tribal vibe made up of intricate slapped drum patterns and a nice punchy kick backed up with shuffling hi hats. A smooth bassline adds super depth to the groove as funky guitar licks come through. Warm chords fill out the sound beautifully and are joined by frenetic synths later on. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.

Waiting For Another Summer Song is the perfect addition to any Winter set as we await the warmer season to come back around. An upbeat groove ensues thanks to tight drum arrangements and a deep probing bassline that becomes infectious. Warm chords fade in and are followed by cool keys and clubby hi strings for a dynamic groove. A real nice builder that will definitely get the floors moving.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/h-start-ep/2469349

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Jan201914

Italian DJ and producer Marcus Raute makes a welcome return to Piston Recordings after a bit of a hiatus with the excellent So Many Days EP. This one follows his last effort here, Without You EP from early 2015 and since then he has notched up a slew of quality releases on various imprints. Marcus spends his time between Naples and Berlin where, no doubt, he draws from both cultures to refine his own sounds. He is a player in the modern underground world where he dishes out his brand of all things House and Techno and, it’s a pleasure to see him back at Piston with this trio of gems.

So Many Days delivers a vibrant deep house experience filled with slicing percussions and groovy riffs. The drum section holds everything together beautifully with its tight construction. A funky element comes through on the bassline as disco strings fill out the back ground. Cool vocals are scattered throughout adding a club vibe while the hypnotic allure of the track locks you in. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.
Keep On Doin’ delivers a very nice classic style groove complete with chunky beats and rhythmic hi hats alongside that mesmerizing piano chord stab. Cool FX fill out the sound while an instantly recognisable vocal snippet rings through the groove. The piano remains the big focus as the filters open and close to create maximum impact on the floors, a must have no doubt.

That Jingle In My Head opens with a powerful kick drum and deep bass combo which is soon followed by sharp hats and shifting percussions. The bassline is highly infectious, forcing you to move your booty. Slapped drums add the icing on the cake here as all the elements required to get the floor moving are present. Classic style vocals blend effortlessly with the groove while the break provides us with some groovy sax action making this a definite weapon of choice for any set.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/so-many-days-ep/2469035

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