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Chris Stussy: Isolation Inspiration

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Sample Market “Original Series” continues to bring you unique sample libraries from artists around the world. Each custom-curated exclusive sample pack will focus on the signature sound of some of your favourite producers. This edition comes straight from PIV head-honcho Chris Stussy‘s studio to help give you some isolation inspiration!


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Following up his breakthrough in real quick time with some head-turning house tracks, Chris Stussy has continued to back his early promises with steady essential releases. He is now very much a key part of the underground scene with his unique sound that taken him to essential labels like Djebali, Rutilance, Eastenderz, Meta and his very own PIV, where he is also in charge of spotting new talent for the label. 2020 will see music dropping on Moscow and Fuse and an official remix for the one and only Kerri Chandler!


A few short years after breaking through, on the back of a series of huge house tracks, Dutchman Chris Stussy is now a growing part of the global underground scene. Always leading the way and heading into new musical territory, he has built on early successes with a steady stream of essential new releases with each one bringing something fresh to the dance floor via influential labels like Djebali and Phil Weeks’s Robsoul. Inspired by the likes of Kerri Chandler, raw Chicago grooves and well-schooled in the classics, Stussy uses this knowledge to head into the future and perfect his own take on the genre, while drawing on disco and the jazz of his youth to lend his music its extra special and standout sense of character.



All of this understanding also colours his work in the DJ booth of key clubs and festivals around the world. From Awakenings to the mainstage of Welcome to the Future, via Watergate in Berlin, Rex Club in Paris and Mysteryland with Carl Cox and Jamie Jones, plus various other gigs around the UK, Ibiza and Hungary. He can seamlessly switch up his sound to suit the moment and is as comfortable on the scene’s huge mainstages as he is in intimate and personal clubs.


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The Dutch prodigy has a long-standing love of early house music, but also raw production aesthetics and an understanding of Jazz, Disco and Chicago styles that feed into his own unique take on the genre. As such, his sublime and late-night house tunes often come with a musical baseline that is superbly slick and supple. Smart vocal samples, lush synth colours and bumping drums then add to the allure of most seductive and warm grooves.


Drum Loops -> From Jackin house beats and raw drum grooves to classic machine drums programmed to perfection. A great selection of instant drum inspiration including folders with full drum loops, no kick versions, percussion, hi-hat loops, kicks and clap and snare loops.

Synth & Music Loops – > Dubbed-out chords, timeless synth lines and rich melodics bursting with inspiration.

Bass Loops -> Funky basses, mellow subs and clever sequences.  

Pads -> Lush evolving pads, deep polyphonic beds and cloud-like atmospherics.

Textures & Glitches -> 12 Glitch tools and background grooves perfect for adding movement to your tracks.

Single Hits -> An essential collection of drum hits and bass and synth one-shot samples.

FX -> A useful selection of classic house FX sounds.


You can buy Chris’ sample pack by clicking right here and you can check out the demo below for an idea of what this unique pack has to offer:



What you’ll find inside the pack – 


26 Full Drum Loops

33 No Kick Loops

32 Percussion Loops

22 Hi-Hat Loops

15 Clap & Snare Loops

10 Kick Loops

41 Synth & Music Loops

36 Bass Loops

18 Pads

12 Textures and pads

10 Kicks

11 Claps

12 Hats

10 Bass Hits

5 Synth Hits

Download contains – Wav: 629.1 MB, 304 x WAV 44.1 kHz, 24-bit


Music Review: Umberto – 2020 EP [320KB Music]

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Italian collective of 320KB Music may look like one of those “good-old-days” kind of nostalgic groups at first glance, but they’re definitely not! These guys from Bologna, the city of the famous ragù, have all the ingredients to make some serious and appetizing house music, which is served on a tasty 12″ wax. Their very first EP is courtesy of label-head Umberto and has been recorded at his very own 320KB Studio, which gives the name to the homonymous label.



Buy the EP on KMA60


Opener “Love II Love” kicks the things off hard and direct, without too much small talk and providing a sort of tech-house feeling but staying very minimal in composition. Solid drums are just a few and only the ones really needed. Some old-school synths keep the beat going, while a dusty vocal joins the track right in front of us, chopping the track into different sections according to its presence, almost with a certain complacent arrogance. The synths will make us feel like walking up the stairs, along which runs parallel the tight on the groove.



Up next, “Feel Me” is a real house piano jam, with a lean groove contrasted by a super fat bassline which oftentimes pitches down, giving us a sense of fall in the low end. The boxy kick hits heavily and the piano reminds of some old-tape jazzy record – metallic and straight – while analogue synths arise creating a wavy motion. When the track gets dry, we’re directly hit by the groove, but piano never stops, stabbing and insisting all the time. Rolling snares follow each other from start to finish, filling the gaps in a very satisfying way. 




B1’s “Dope About You” basically insists on the opposition of rolling bass and lovely stabs. Being them in contrast with each other, they give continuous interest to the piece. The interplay is framed by Umberto’s signature drums, essential and techy. The mix’s so clean that we can clearly hear the grain of every single piece of the track, having a sensation of definition, nevertheless staying in a Lofi world. That’s something very hard to accomplish and very cool to listen to. The stab is funky and adds a little bit of soul that we really need, especially in times like these. This is an introspective tune, trippy and hypnotizing, still hitting hard on the floor.



Closing the EP is the 90s inspired “My House Is A Club”. Old school disco stabs bounce on top of liquid and sharp synths and above an edgy and fluid bassline, while Umberto’s processed voice keeps the measure of time passing, never getting too prominent. This is real house music here at its finest form.




Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi


Music Review: Politics Of Dancing x Okain x Rowlanz [P.O.D. CROSS 006]

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The French duo of Politics Of Dancing seems to be more in strength than ever; by now with a certain frequency, the pair are delivering quality material both on their main Politics Of Dancing Records and sister-“collaborations only label” P.O.D. CROSS. And this time the latter has caught our attention, as they’re about to release the sixth chapter, sharing the wax with men of the moment Okain and Rowlanz.  




A-Side sees the guys bring into play Talman Records‘ label-head Okain. Their collaboration starts with fat drums ready to take us for the ride. A delicate sub-bass hums and shakes, creating the right foundation for the harmonic elements. The main stab is hypnotic and reminds to the Berlin-ish sounds that inspired Okain over the years, keeping us dancing throughout the piece. A lot is happening and the scene changes constantly, opening up and closing sweetly on new scenarios. We are being caressed by the intriguing sound of this track, but the groove is hard and feet can’t stand still, with the vocal sample being the cherry on top. It sounds like this piece doesn’t want to end and definitely doesn’t, staying in your head for days!



On the flip, the going gets tougher with UK Rowlanz (INFUSE) who joins forces with the P.O.D. guys for track 2. The glidy and raw bassline keeps the groove up and never rests, while beautiful harmonic stabs and lush pads introduce extra feelings in this dubby banger. The drums are tight and sting the hear with sharpness but despite this the piece breaths in and out liquidly, following rotative percussions. As soon the open hat kicks in, it’s totally hands up-head down vibes, with more mysterious vocal glitches fill up the bottom. When the track is about to end, it gets dry, and we can finally appreciate the neverending texture, a panoramic view of our emotional space. 




Words by Francesco Quieti & Francesco Zambianchi

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Music Review: Sound Process & Giorgio Maulini – Fourth Addition [Addition by Subtraction]

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We shone a light on the Addition By Subtraction imprint a little while ago in our 20 Record Labels to Keep An Eye on in 2020 article. Here, we take a look at their next outing which sees them put out their fourth release with the handy title ‘Fourth Addition.’


Music should not be restricted by the somewhat dubious borders of a so-called ‘genre.’ In essence, ‘Fourth Addition’ entails an all-inclusive selection of Tech and Deep House alongside Minimal and Techno to offer something for everyone and for those with an open mind.


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Click HERE to buy ABS004 – Fourth Addition”


Argentinian export Sound Process kicks off the A-side with a lovely rolling tech-house number titled ‘Hoxton’, perfect for when you need to step things up a gear on the dance floor! Having released on labels such as 20/20 Vision and Little Helpers, the Buenos Aires-based producer and DJ has been well renowned in the scene for around 10 years now and was able to showcase his sound alongside Fuse head-honcho Enzo Siragusa earlier this year in his home country! 


Closing out the A-side is an exciting new joint venture between two artists who are undoubtedly one of house music’s hottest properties at the moment! PIV President Chris Stussy and DJOKO aka Stussko combine their reputable and well-distinguished sound and provide eclectic diggers with a track suitable for various types of listening and use. We are big fans of these guys and everything they seem to pump out of the studio is pure gold and there’s no chance to the routine here!




Born in Venezuela but residing in the beautiful Swiss Alps, Giorgio Maulini showcases his stripped-back sound to kick off the B-side. The Minimal House specialist is the founder of the amazing Underground Town, a vinyl-only record label aiming to influence the underground music scene in Switzerland. Having signed artists such as Silat Beksi, Michael James, Mihai Pol, and Kepler in recent releases, his refined yet uplifting style is clear to hear throughout his track ‘Send Me Your Location’ and is the perfect sunrise set-ender for those looking to close things up in style! Perfectly constructed drum hits and percussion blend with infectious pads and lead lines to create pure magic!


Last and by no means least, rounding off the release is the highly acclaimed and respected Voigtmann. The German producer and DJ has been rocking dancefloors and festivals for many years now and delivers a unique take on Maulini’s original to present his minimalistic techno-inspired sound ready to jump-start the dance floor! His rework oozes pure class from start to finish with a trippy and melodic bass, spacey glitches, and shuffling hats and shakers to really get you moving! Support has come in so far from the likes of; Archie Hamilton, Ben Rau, Djebali, Diego Krause, Fabe, Michael James, Stephan Bazbaz and Toman just to name a few.


You can buy the record from clicking right here and you can check out snippets of the 4 awesome tracks below…




Words by Dom Fletcher


Music Review: Various Artists – MO-OB 003

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Spanish vinyl-only label MO-OB has dropped another stellar VA, featuring quality cuts from TERMS (aka Javier Carballo), MO-OB, stevn.aint.leavn and Akyra.




MO-OB 003 opens with a nervous jam called “Happy Nightmare”, where the FM stab insists on the ethereal pattern and cavernous sub-bass flows underneath, ready to blow your head in the darker rooms. Breakbeat feelings and airy pads give a kind of high-tech touch, until some cinematic chords kick in, breaking the loop and elevating us to the next level of consciousness.


Up next, “0003” kicks the things off with a well-balanced breakbeat pattern of steady drums and delayed vocal chops. The sick bassline immediately takes us back to the 80s and we’re grooving hard with this one. It spins continuously, wobbling and hitting. Sweet stabby sounds and glassy FXs do the rest and our head can’t stop banging to the beat.


On the flip, Berlin’s very own stevn.aint.leavn brings the funky bass we were all waiting for. The groove catches the listener instantly. Mysterious voices from the darkest fantasies come out and catchy sinister chords keep on dancing in a loop of two. Icy synths and delicious hats fill the last gaps to deliver a hard minimal and house banger. Sounds are dry, we can feel all the edges of them, we can almost count them. Nothing more than what is needed.


Rounding out the package is the entitled “Galaxy999” by the Italian groover Akyra, who chooses to close this record by insisting on the main percussive stab. This one is a true head-blower and makes us feel in the club, right in front of the DJ. It features evolving drum patterns, glitchy sounds from the spacecraft, housy chords and repetitive stabs, creating a complex signal from outer space and bringing the listener into the loop. The analogue bassline keeps us grounded on the planet Earth, while in the meantime some flanger sounds and tiny little FXs swing all around. When finally the kick gets regular, we realize that we have been dancing for a long time. Big tunnel piece.





Words by Francesco Quieti and Francesco Zambianchi


Music Review: Various Artists – LOCUS (curated with ASOY) [TECHFUI 003]

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TECHFUI label puts out this fantastic new 12 track sampler. It proves the label has plenty of different and talented names on its roster and they all serve up the goods here. 




“Evening Lying” from Halosaur is a deep and bubbly minimal number to get you in the zone. Stripped back and late-night sounds sure are the order of the day here as Leon Roberts proves with “Calypso”, a sci-fi laced groove with supple synths that get deep into your psyche. “Elsewhere Wood Drift” is a glitchy little groove with nice pixelated melodies. OZ Artists goes deep with more dreamy and floating grooves that carry your mind away. 



“80 Feet Tall” is another one from a dreamy realm with spoken word samples and lush ambient melodies eventually joined by a broken beat. ASOY feat. Dark Matrix is one of the many standouts – “Your Addiction” is a dark yet alluring and warm track with superb drums and whispery vocals.


“The Essence Of A Sou” l by Riki Inocente & Darren Roach is a chunky house cut to end on, with streaming deep house chords and bubbling beats. All in all this is super high quality and very tasteful selection of late-night house music.





Words by Ian Fleming


Music Review: Émoi – Story Telling EP [Émoi 001]

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Emoi is the brand new and independent label founded by MJOG. The imprint is about to reveal its first EP, which comes under the name of “Story Telling” EP, delivering both introspection and groove moments for the audiophiles all around the world. ÉMOI-001 delicately balances between minimal and deep house, with tinted percussions, dub atmospheres, dreamy digitalized synths, while still keeping a dancefloor-oriented groove. The A-side offers two lovely fresh cuts, while on the flip, Sunrise’s very own Jay Bliss serves up a soothing remix that perfectly fits with the whole emotional idea behind the label. Lastly, B2 closes the EP with a tropical and spiced dancefloor roller.



Click HERE to buy Emoi 001 – Story Telling EP


Label-head MJOG has landed on labels like DaydreamUkiyo MusicRecordeep and STAMP Records over the last couple of years, and now he has finally decided to create a new own platform to share his dreamy vision of music. Émoi aims to display a wide range of human emotion, from euphoria to melancholy, moving from sensuality or excitement and joy, to love and other feelings, variating from release to release. Driving inspiration of daily thoughts and experiences that resonate with people, sometimes echoing dancing by the beach in intimacy and sometimes evoking the adrenaline and rush of a hot summer nightclub.



Opener “1pm Breakfast Time” is a tight bit of drum programming that gets you in a funk. The micro synths and deft chords are warm, deep and infectious. This first track sets the mood with a funky glitch groove and a vocal sample that develops forward and drives your feet second by second. “The Story Behind My Pain (dear C)” is another slick house tune with a tight rhythm and electrifying chords that pulls you deep into its core. Thus, Jay Bliss provides a dreamy rework of the former track, adding balmy pads and late-night romance feels. Last, but definitely not least, we have “Find Me¨ which closures the EP with a dubby, cavernous house cut that is gorgeously detailed with sci-fi pads and a distorted yet romantic Ibero-american vocal sample that makes for the perfect dancefloor experience. The boss himself says, “We aim to convey the idea that you need to get out of your comfort zone and cause the heart to flutter” and we couldn’t agree more. This is a fine start to what will be the new label’s going into 2020 and beyond.





Words by Daniel Ordonez and Francesco Quieti


Music Review: Various Artists – Body Movement 002

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London-based veteran Robert James is about to drop the 2nd chapter on his own newborn label Body Movement. Despite being not very active in the studio during the last years, the man has never lost interesting in music, collaborating and directing the big Paradise brand, which has seen him participate since the beginning. The label’s name is inspired by one of his first tunes, and now, 10 years later since its release, he’s about to open his own one, drawing to all the precious influences collected over the years.



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After a solid first EP by Robert himself last year, the label is ready to unleash another beast-wax which contains 4 original pieces by Robert James & Jack Michael, LVCA & Sidd, Frazer Campbell and North Phase.


Kickin’ off with “B2A”, head-honcho James join forces with fellow-Londoner and 2-steps specialist Jack Michael (INSTINCT, Dansu Discs) for an electro-inspired piece, with an unrestrainable and rough bassline which is magnificently balanced in the break by some lush female whispers and deep house strings.




Then is “Chroma” by the collaborative project between LVCA (a familiar face for the DC10-heads) and Sidd. Together, they’re running Dacha an Ibiza-based shop and record label and for their debut release, they’ve provided an housy dancefloor roller with catchy synths and smart arpeggiator lines which bring us back immediately to the early 90’s Italian-house days. The wavy bassline is glued with a sick acid line and creates the perfect scenario for the delicate analogue groove patterns to shine.


Up next, “One Armed Bandit” by garage maestro Frazer Campbell perfectly showcase his ability on crafting freaky late-night cuts with seriously warped synths and naughty basslines, all enclosed into a massive 136 bpm anthem.


Closing the EP is “Zone 1”, which also sanctions the debut of North Phase, a collaborative project between long-time friends Rober James and Burnski. The pair, 10 years later their hit “Malibu” on Hot Creations, decided to join forces again and “Zone 1” is the result: a hard and direct 909 drum section stands out above cinematic atmospheres, epic pads and rumbling basslines, wisely alternating 4/4 floor beats to breakbeat moments.





Words by Francesco Quieti


Mihai Popoviciu: Underground Survival Kit

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Deep house maestro Mihai Popoviciu shares his first sample pack on Samplestate


Every artist has a signature and deep-house maestro Mihai Popoviciu is no exception! For over a decade the ever consistent Romanian producer and DJ has built a body of work characterised by deep grooves, crisp precision, and irresistible energy. Mihai’s prolific production schedule has seen him regularly releasing on labels such aBondage MusicPoker FlatBedrockDessous and also his own label Cyclic which he established in 2012.




This calm determination became Mihai’s trademark as his career blossomed from production to DJing. After honing his skills in the studio he learned to DJ and began drawing attention in Romania and across Europe. Playing international gigs was a big move for someone who grew up only seeing clubs on TV but Mihai stepped up with professional aplomb. His CV now includes the best clubs in Europe and around the world, from Berghain and Watergate in Berlin; to London’s Fabric and The Egg; to D-Edge, Sao Paulo; DC-10, Ibiza; and more!



Mihai’s ambition with every track and every DJ set is to transmit the joy and energy that fuels his dream. “It feels great to see people dancing, smiling, having a good time. No matter what I do, that’s the main thing.”    


This pack lets you into Mihai’s signature sound, with each sample carefully crafted with the attention to detail you hear in every one of his own productions. Track ready drum loops split into Full, No Kick and Top loop varieties. Music loops include sophisticated chord and bass loops. Also an exceptionally very well rounded resource of one-shot samples that includes Bass, FX, Pads. Drum Hits as well as all major sampler instruments being represented.




As always its Samplestate‘s philosophy is to bring you forward-thinking and inspiring artists, delivering unique high-quality sample packs that can provide endless inspiration for your own music.

This pack comes in three main formats, Ableton, Apple or standard Wav as well as Music Loops, Drum Loops and One-Shots and Sampler formats only.


Ableton Pack – Complete with pre-made Drum Racks, Instrument racks and macros.

Apple Loops Pack – Includes Apple Loop aif files with pre-analysed and tagged drum and music loops. 

Wav Pack – Standard wav pack, if in doubt then select this one. Contains standard wav files and is suitable for any DAW system.

In all 3 versions, you will also receive 3rd party sampler instruments as well as all the other content in the other formats such as REX2.


Product Details:

• 22 Full Drum Loops
• 68 Drum Loops (Without Kicks)
• 34 Top Loops
• 34 Bass Loops
• 29 Chord Loops
• 25 Bass One-Shots
• 136 Drum One-Shots
• 14 FX One-Shots
• 25 Pad One-Shots
• 55 EXS Patches
• 55 Halion Patches
• 55 Kontakt Patches
• 55 NNXT
• 100% Royalty-Free

Get your hands on Mihai’s sample pack right here!





Words by Dom Fletcher

Top-notch groovers Guti & Djebali release “Almost Finished” LP

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Exactly 1 year ago, Guti and Djebali met in the French capital. After the initial greetings, the pair decided to spend some in the studio. And what was supposed to be a without-expectations jam between two long-time friends ended in an intense four-day session: that’s how “Almost Finished” LP album was born. During those days, Guti and Djebali worked on six tracks, which were successfully played and roadtested till the end of the summer season, where the pair, after having received many positive feedbacks from all over the world, decided to arrange a second session to complete the album.



Artwork by Misterpiro – Buy “Almost FInished” LP on Beatport


The final result is an elaborate dancefloor-oriented album made of 13 tracks (12 + 1 digital bonus), The styles of both the producers garner special appreciation; blended together into a groovy and hypnotic compelling mood. Listening to the whole work, it can be noted an incessant look to the 4/4 groove, sometimes dark and moody (“Today’s Vibe“), sometimes funky (“A Night In Tunisia“) and sometimes purely designed for melting the crowd.


In every Almost-Finished-piece emerge the harsh Guti’s approach on the drums which is softened by the gentle French-touch, in effect, of Parisian Djebali. Among all the tracks stand out “Pillow Fight Me“, characterized by the typical Guti’s obsessive vocal tricks (do you remember Her House and Judge Me?), the powerful “Then I Am Free” with its mighty house vocal, and “Isabela“, where the pair give life to a moody roller with a catchy and mesmerizing synth line that flows underneath an overpowering tech-house groove.



Pic by Julia Fihman


We’re going to share with you some quotes of our personal favourite tracks straight from the minds behind the album. If you want to know more about the gear used and how the track came to their mind we got your covered… Let’s get it started! 



Pic by Julia Fihman


#1 – Almost Finished

Funny thing, there’s a sound that you could mistake for a cicada which is actually a basic hi-hat, we ran it through the Eventide Effect H3000 and Orville to get that sound! 


#3 – A Night In Tunisia

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker or Ella Fitzgerald… they all made a song with the same title: ‘A Night in Tunisia’! It’s a kind of tribute to all of them, bringing that soul and funk vibe to our track. On top of that, my father (Djebali) is from Tunisia so, it makes sense!


#4 – Recreational Drugs

We used the Roland SH-101 on almost every track, combined with the SH-09 to write the bassline. It goes so deep, you can feel it in your body!


#5 – Pillow Fight Me

Guti is the master at finding vocal hooks! Almost all the drums come from the TR808 clone (8raw8) and the original TR909. The synth line is thanks to the Moog Voyager.



#8 – La Brava

It’s a trippy song this one. We made it after a long night in the studio when emotion was at a climax. There is a second version of this track, on the vinyl version of the LP.



Pic by Julia Fihman


 #10 – Isabella 

Isabella is the name of a friend that passed last year. It was our attempt to say goodbye with a nice song.


#11 – La Belle Harmonie

Basically, this track is centred on the chords, so we built everything around these three notes! We added hypnotic synths to support the chords and then it was all about finding the right bassline and the drums. It all came together in the end.



Pic by Julia Fihman


The album will be available on all the digital stores and streaming platforms from April 10th and will be later released on vinyl later this year. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to follow them on their social pages! More Guti: Facebook and Soundcloud | More Djebali: Facebook and Soundcloud




Words by Francesco Quieti