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Oct201731

Belgian DJ and producer Marius Acke marks his Piston Recordings debut with the superb Tropical Island EP. In the early 90’s Marius was inspired by the grooves of Chaka Khan, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Bobby Brown and Masters at Work. It wasn’t long before he started DJing and thinking about making his own beats. He has been producing deep house on the Wallyís Groove World label and his album Balance was nominated for the Zamu awards. Marius also teamed up with WGW owner Koenie and bass player Rubba J. Together they form the MAYAKU collective, and have releases on labels like Grayhound, Outergaze, Tom Bone Vibratig Music, Heading Home recordings, Aroma and Wha roots? He also works alongside Rubba J on their Deepwater project and he regularly spins at various clubs including CafÈ díAnvers, CafÈ Capital, Bar Tabac where you can always expect a deep, warm, groovy and driving DJ set.

Higher intros with a very nice drum section that delivers a live sounding vibe. The drums create a flowing rhythm that is accompanied by some very cool filtered synths. An analogue style bass synth joins in before a deeper, more subby version provides depth on the low end. Shimmering pads work their magic up top alongside a club vocal that compliments the groove beautifully. A wonderful slice of deep house goodness, not to be missed.

Be Free sets out with a punchy kick drum and an intriguing percussion section filled with intricate patterns and cool FX. Stabbing chords stutter through the sound and carry a retro theme in their presence. Plink plonk piano keys accompany the chords effortlessly as a deep bubbling bassline joins in. A distant vocal offers a rebellious narrative which works well with the deep house grooves. Excellent stuff that will not disappoint.

She Aint Good gets right into a warming deep house groove right from the off as chunky kick and shuffling hi hats line up alongside a rising and fading smooth chord pad. A wonderfully deep and lush bassline comes through to take over and get that booty shakin’ as the rhythm is let loose on the drums. Those chord pads become hypnotic and really lock you into the sound. Filtered keys add sublime textures to the groove making this an absolute must have track.

London Chicago carries a powerful deep house groove that grabs a hold of you right from the intro which is made up of classic kick drums and crispy hi hats complete with tantalising chord stabs. The chords work through a very cool progression resulting in a solid deep house flavour. A probing bassline keeps the low end rocking as rich pads sway overhead. Cool vocals join in to give the track a clubby feel but it’s the masterful chord play that will give this one a lot of attention.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/tropical-island-ep/2130349

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Oct201731

Le Mills returns to Piston Recordings with the Fount EP which comes after the debut slice – AM EP which performed very well indeed having featured on Beaport’s must hear House tracks for May 2017.

Fount intros with a solid pumping kick drum complete with a sharp clap on the downbeat. Cool percussions start to form up alongside bright crispy hi hats creating a smooth rhythmic vibe. A deep subby bass comes in delivering a super tech groove that will definitely get the floors moving. Cool urban style vocals litter the sound adding a club appeal. Top notch stuff to keep the party rocking for sure.

44 sets out with a filtered kick drum and sharp hi hat combi before the kicks get a thumping boost after a cool rolling snare drum takes us there. Rumbling basslines dominate the low end as raw vocals pop up throughout to deliver a house music narrative. On the short breaks a pitching synth note leads us back into full on mode making this an absolute must have that will not disappoint.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/fount-ep/2130256

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Oct201724

Alessandro De Tuglie marks his Piston Recordings debut with two superb tech house joints on Vintage Vibes. Hailing out of Bari, Italy, Alessandro started to show an interest in music from a young age which led him to discover DJing, and then he caught the music bug. He started to follow the club culture and soon found himself playing at various parties where he wowed the crowds with his techno sets. After a few years he got into music production and has releases on Reload Records and Second Air Records. Great to have him on board.

Vintage Vibes intros with a fantastic classic pumping kick drum, crispy hi hat and rhythmic percussion arrangement. Cool vocals come in alongside a deep rumbling bassline that takes the track firmly into the tech house arena. A much harsher bass stab intensifies the groove as various vocals come through. Short, sharp acid style melodies slice through the tough exterior adding a cool retro theme to the sound. Top notch stuff that is not to be missed.

Current Location is a full on party track filled with punchy beats and a super rhythmic percussion arrangement. A monster bubbling bassline drops to drive the track as raucous vocals are introduced delivering an intense tech fuelled groove. The big hitter here though are those massive piano chord stabs that make you wanna throw your hands in the air and go crazy. This one is gonna destroy the floors, a definite must have in your arsenal.

Buy it here: https://www.beatport.com/release/vintage-vibes/2120529

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