Athens, Greece based Tolis Q aka Apostolis Palantzas debuts on Piston Recordings with the superb three track EP entitled Foolish Behaviour. DJ, producer, remixer, label owner, party maker and entrepreneur are just some of the ways to describe this hugely talented artist. His love for music is transparent through his devotion to his calling, the reward comes in the shape of success having produced and signed tracks through his label Quantized Music which have been supported by some of the world’s cream of the crop. Regarded all over Greece for DJ sets bursting with euphoria, style and attitude, always unleashing his potential with powerful dance floor sessions that serve as both unique and unforgettable experiences. With a full discography of productions, collaboration projects and remixes to his credit, Tolis’ brand of sound delivers sultry grooves, pulsing deep baselines, and intensely energetic tracks that work magnificently in the hands of DJs as well as big sound systems to the swankiest of lounges all over the globe. Delighted to have him on board at Piston.
Foolish Behaviour intros with a pumping kick drum and shuffling hi hat combi alongside a cosmic sounding synth FX. A superb, bubbly bassline comes through to set the groove alight and get the asses shakin’ on the floors. Cool vocals litter the sound as that bassline intensifies and the rhythm is let loose. Dirty bass stabs come through and on the break a raucous guitar riff dominates before slamming us back into full on mode for the duration. Excellent stuff that is a must for any party.
What’s Your Name sets out with a classic kick and hi hat combi to get the feet tapping. Cool FX join in creating a dynamic sound before a thick, bouncing bassline dominates. Littered with one shot vocals, the track has a superb club vibe that will definitely rock the floors. The break throws up a fantastic analogue style bass that just oozes tech house flavour. An absolute must have that will not disappoint.
Into This intros with a punchy kick drum and sporadic percussion layout. A deep, rumbling bassline soon follows and we find ourselves locked into a raucous tech house groove. Cool vocals are spread out as metallic percussion hits keep the rhythm flowing nicely. The bassline is king here, it powers the groove effortlessly, making you move. Top notch stuff that will definitely turn a few heads.
Argentinean DJ and producer duo Agustin Dutari and Mauro Mosciaro return to Piston with more tech house grooves on the two track Momentum EP. We got a nice treat with their debut Behind The Beat a few months ago and we’ve no doubt this one will follow suit. These guys are two clear examples of how Argentinean dance culture is shifting and moving, especially towards the rhythms of house. In the studio they combine their skill sets to produce only the finest quality beats and grooves. Agustin utilises his DJ skills, which he has presented at top clubs including Pacha, Ibiza and in showcases for Ibiza Global Radio. He has also travelled the beautiful Balearic Islands playing at different beach clubs and bars such as Sands, Delano, White, Magic Boat Party and Veto Social Club. Mauro combines his career as a music producer with DJing. He runs his own studio and when he’s not laying down house laden beats he’s working with bands and solo artists as a sound engineer. Working together for the last couple of years they are able to hone in on each other’s ideas with some very nice results indeed.
Momentum delivers a solid, punchy tech house joint filled with tight beats and a deep rumbling bassline that will rock the floors no doubt. The intro boasts a classic kick and hi hat set up before that deep rooted bass comes through to take over the groove. Cool vocal shots litter the sound alongside space age FX that add a cool dynamic. A top notch banging track that will not disappoint.
Sea Lantern sets out with a nice upbeat punchy kick drum and rhythmic percussion pattern that gets the toes tapping. A spoken vocal adds mystery to the track as noisy cymbals gather before the bass drops setting the groove on fire. The bass dances through the track effortlessly while cool FX and an acid style riff create an almost cosmic vibe. Simple and highly effective arrangement that will definitely grab a lot of attention.
Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/momentum-ep/2145928
Maximiliano and Vincent debut on Piston Recordings with the fantastic The Traveler EP which features a sublime slice from the duo as well as a solo effort from Maximiliano. Relative newcomers to the scene, these guys bring a fresh twist on the tech house sound. Max already has several releases under his belt this year while Vincent marks this as his debut release. Both guys come from the DJing world and their sets have wowed many crowds over the years. Great to have them on board and no doubt we’ll be hearing more from them in the future.
First up we have the title track – The Traveler, from Maximiliano and Vincent . Straight away you get locked on to the vibe thanks to the superb drum intro which features a pumping kick and shuffling hi hat. Distant pads lurk in the background before a deep rumbling bassline shows up to dominate alongside a haunting chord. The track just goes deeper and deeper as various chords come and go. A tribal element creeps in thanks to expertly crafted slapped drums which makes this a definite must have for the late night sessions.
Up next we have a solo effort from Maximiliano entitled Don’t Stop. The intro boasts a solid pounding kick drum and an intricate percussion pattern that will get the toes tapping no doubt. Those kicks really do pack a punch with a lot of low end thump added. Mesmeric synths line up against the shuffling percussions before a sub level bass rocks the bassbins. The break throws up a surreal sequence filled with thick pulsing chords and repeating vocals before that huge kick comes back, slamming us back into full on mode. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.