Having just released its first label compilation, Mister Saturday Night's label and party heads Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin deliver their first commercial mix CD for their label. Taken from a Mister Sunday party held in Brooklyn back in August, the 18-track set is about as close as you're going to get to attending one of their legendary parties without actually being there. In practice, the label's promise that the mix is "just as suitable for home and headphone consumption as it is for a party" holds true, with jams from Anthony Parasole, Bass Clef and Mr G placed alongside heaters from gospel-oriented house music group Jasper Street Company and the Todd Terry produced House of Gypsies project.
FABRICLIVE 78 Illum Sphere (continuous dj mix) - (1:10:07) 126 BPM
Illum Sphere steps up to represent Manchester crew Hoya:Hoya on this enlightening mix for Fabric's long running Fabriclive series. If you've not had the chance to catch Hoya:Hoya at the Farringdon club or in Manchester, this weighty 24-track selection is the perfect introduction, veering from dub to primitive electronics and Minimal Wave via spectral Lancastrian ambience and prime slabs of Midwestern Jakbeat. There's plenty of neat little touches throughout, like playing Grauzone at the wrong speed or dicing between the spiky "Fizz" from Powell and Carl Meek's dancehall banger "Danger" which lend the mix an element of personality lacking in many Ableton mixed sets these days. Major props to Illum Sphere for making space for Charles Manier, Streetwalker and Demdike Stare, and for the inclusion of the spellbinding "Cast Reflections" by Vazz.
Dave Spoon - "Who You Are" (original mix) - (6:36) 127 BPM
Pig & Dan - "Mojo Man" (original club mix) - (8:06) 125 BPM
Weiss - "Alright With Me" (original mix) - (6:09) 122 BPM
Mark Knight & Funkagenda - "Man With The Red Face" (original club mix) - (9:57) 126 BPM
Various - "Toolroom Selector Series: 24 Pirupa" (continuous DJ mix by Pirupa) - (1:17:04) 123 BPM
The Toolroom juggernaut shows no sign of slowing and this latest edition of unmixed tracks taken from the label's most recent Selector Series is helmed this time by Pirupa. In the past the Italian artist has remixed artists like Pete Tong, NiCe7 and Riva Starr and he's a staple of the European DJ circuit. A highlight of his mix, and subsequently this compilation, is the inclusion of Kevin Saunderson's "The Sound" given a tech house remake by Jay Lumen. Mark Knight, Pig & Dan, Doorly and Harry Romero, plus many more, all feature here, with Pirupa including several of his own productions for Toolroom like "Black Form", "Sweat" and his remix of Tong & Rogers' "Shake The Dice".