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JAKHIRA – HEARTBREAK
Feb201812

Jakhira is back at Piston with his third slice entitled Heartbreak which is backed up by two quality remixes. British-born, Belgium-based DJ and producer Jack Jakhira is a classically trained musician with a heart that beats to a groove. He is not bogged down into just one style, rather he embraces several styles which allows him to reach further and tap into his widespread influences. He has enjoyed several releases on Bonzai Progressive which ultimately led him to us where his last outing – Boston Rascal, was well received. Recently he joined forces with Manu Riga to form Long Garden Avenue and he also hosts his Unconditional show on Progressive Beats radio.

The Original Mix sets us up nicely for a rip roaring ride into a full on house music groove. A hypnotic pluck opens the track with bright synth stabs and rhythmic percussions soon joining in. A tight drum section keeps the feet moving while a funky ass bassline gets the booty into gear. Swelling chords and gritty keys create a dynamic groove before we enter a much warmer realm on the break. Softly struck piano keys dominate the break, allowing us to lose ourselves before the beats return us to full on mode for the duration. Fantastic stuff once again from Jakhira.

Melodymann debuts on Piston Recordings with his superb Redraw remix. With an extraordinary passion for music and an explicit preference for vinyl, analog synthesizers and vintage sound, you can literary say that Melodymann breaths music. His love is shown in his remarkable DJ performances and studio activities which can be heard on his own Melodymathics imprint and a handful of respected labels from around the globe. Although his identity is deliberately kept secret, we can tell that he has had several remix projects under different aliases for world-renowned artists such as Rennie Foster, Marco Bailey, Orlando Voorn and Carl Cox, a pleasure to have him on board. Here the remix intros with a cool slapped drum and chunky kick drum combi, shuffling hi hats soon follow before a bouncing bassline gets the groove moving. Cool vocals and equally cool plucked riffs dominate as erratic cabaret style pianos come through. Groovy organs really get the feet moving to the groove and add a little extra spice to this delicious house joint.

Frederick Alonso debuts on Piston with his delectable remix. The personal data sheet of Frederick Alonso is a bunch unfinished projects, collaborations, labels and worldwide venues. He mostly remains the quiescent gentleman behind the scenes. Meeting him without knowing his remarkable stages would rather draw a wrong picture of a guy who rarely points out what he reached so far. Frederick’s Booze album reached the second place in the International Techno chart for two full weeks in the USA. Besides being ART manager on his company Webismore and running his own imprints on Stab Recordings he has a broad ranged output taking course parallel to his full time multitasking business. He released amazing tracks on several labels over the years and we’re delighted to have him here at Piston. On the remix here Frederick takes us on a journey deep into the house sound complete with a tight rhythmic drum section and rich warming tones. A myriad of sounds combine beautifully, from one shot vocals to chord stabs and decaying guitar plucks, all wrapped up in an infectious groove that draws us to the floor. Just the perfect tonic to dust away the stress of the day and let loose on the dancefloor.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/heartbreak/2201527

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Feb201805

The dynamic duo of Sebastian Tourt and Natur return to Piston recordings with the delicious house driven two tracker entitled In The Cadillac EP. These guys continue to generate a wave of support from their previous collabs while maintaining a solid rep in the house arena. Natur is a relative newcomer to the scene with several releases spanning a couple of years, while Sebastian has been around for quite a while with numerous top notch cuts over the last 7 years. One thing is for sure, we’re happy to see these guys return, they always bring a smile to our faces and a bit of funk to our moves.

In The Cadillac sets of with a nice, classic styled kick drum and hi hat combi which is backed up with cool percussions. A funky, groovy ass bassline gets the track rolling, forcing us on to the floor. The track is laced with cool vocals that add a club touch while smooth chords ebb and flow, ramping up the infectious draw the groove has. On the break the funky riffs just keep on coming before we head back to full on mode and that dominating dancing bassline. A solid slice that will not disappoint.

Latin Bronx inspires a tribal house vibe right from the get go thanks to a collection of rhythmic drums. We head deep into club territory though with brash vocals and coarse, stabbing synths. Brighter, melodic keys strike a cool contrast in the sound while a deep bassline shores up the low end. A rich and diverse groove born out of a cacophony of sounds that will most definitely be a welcome addition to any set.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/in-the-cadillac-ep/2201516

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Gogan debuts on Piston Recordings with a tantalising tech house joint entitled Sin EP. Gogan is a DJ, music producer and club event promoter from Wrocław. In 2008 he set up a collective named Trippy Sounds and since then Trippy Sounds have organized parties with artists such as Robag Wruhme, Kink, DJ T., Robert Babicz, Dinky, Hector, Burnski, Catz n Dogz and many more. His music has appeared on several labels since 2015 and his unique style has led to great support during that time. Great to have him on board here at Piston.

Sin is a dark tech house affair with a solid drum section powering the track and the rhythmic flow. A deep meandering bassline moves effortlessly through the sound while a cacophony of percussions cause a controlled chaos. Intriguing spoken vocals grab your attention giving the track and even darker edge. On the break, cool pitching synths work brilliantly with the vocal and the esoteric vibe. Very nice indeed, not to be missed.

Hurricane intros with a muted kick and a smooth probing bassline which is soon joined by a riot of rhythmic percussions that really get the body moving. Vocal snippets add a mysterious edge to the groove while cosmic laser style FX rise and fall. The bassline dominates throughout adding a hypnotic allure to the groove and making this an absolute must for the collection.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/sin-ep/2201437

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