Deep City Groove - "Can't Forget" - (5:53) 125 BPM
Mike Vale - "Elements" - (6:09) 125 BPM
Simon Doty - "One Minute Summer" - (6:20) 124 BPM
Mike Newman - "I Need U" - (6:52) 123 BPM
Adrian Hour - "To The Point" - (7:35) 124 BPM
Jay C & Peter Brown - "A Feeling" - (6:27) 123 BPM
Summer might be over but you can thank your lucky stars that Toolroom Records have come up with the goods once more with another huge Amsterdam Dance Event collection to add to the series. This year's trip to Europe's capital of fun, debauchery and canals saw them whip out Rene Amesz's gargantuan "Dextro" and Harry Ramero's "Find Your Own Beat" as well as tracks from some of Toolroom's finest acts including Weiss, My Digital Enemy, Bordertown, Mihalis, Safras, D.Ramirez, Manuel De La Mare and many more. 20 brand new tracks to bring any party to its knees. Enjoy.
Various - "Toolroom Knights" (continuous DJ mix by Chus & Ceballos) - (1:17:49) 125 BPM
Spanish production and DJ duo Chus & Ceballos have been running things "Iberican Sound" style since 2001. Blending tribal sounds with tech elements, the two were among the first to take house and techno and mash them together like a big sandwich. It's with some excitement then that the pair return to Toolroon Knights with a compilation of dancefloor stunners and downright dirty dance music. From Boys Noize, Mihalis Safras and Christian Smith to Kaiserdisco, Rafa Barrios, Cristian Varela and Filterheadz, there are no less than 30 huge tracks and a full DJ mix from the duo. Whether you're after this for the Toolroom collection or because you're big C&C fans, you're going to end up with a treat.
At Night (Shadow Child & T Williams re vibe) - (5:58) 124 BPM
At Night (Tom Staar remix) - (4:51) 128 BPM
At Night (Leonardo Gonnelli remix) - (6:29) 123 BPM
Second time around for Dave Spoon's 2006 dancefloor anthem "At Night", which was arguably one of the tunes that helped propel Mark Knight's Toolroom label into the stratosphere. These "Anniversary Mixes" (so-called because it's part of Toolroom's 10th birthday celebrations) take the track in a myriad of new directions. First up, Shadow Child & T Williams give it an urban makeover, delivering a rework that pits heavyweight rhythms against sparse, UK funky-inspired melodies. Tom Staar fuses electro house and good old-fashioned trance and his decidedly Dutch offering, before Leonardo Gonnelli turns the original into a cheery chunk of shuffling, melody-heavy tech-house.
More commonly celebrated as a DJ rather than a producer, this latest release on Toolroom is only the third EP Doorly has turned his hand to but it comes forth with the assurance of a producer that knows what the crowd is craving. Indeed you can hear that very crowd all over "I Want You To Dance", which rides on a restrained disco loop while a baying audience cheer and a spread of soul brothers and sisters call out the message. It's a measured approach that speaks to heads-down grooving rather than peak-time showboating, while "Can't Stop The Feeling" with Rae and Davos heads for a more immediate kind of rush. The piano chords are crafted with Ibiza in mind while the punchy bassline and rolling beat keep things decidedly modern for appeal across a wide range of dancefloors.
Fedde Le Grand feat MC Gee - "Just Trippin" (original club mix) - (6:39) 128 BPM
Mark Knight & Funkagenda - "Man With The Red Face" (Siwell & Simone Vitullo remix) - (6:56) 126 BPM
Mark Knight feat Stephen Pickup - "Susan" (instrumental) - (9:21) 128 BPM
Toolroom Selector Series: 13 Gabriel Rocha aka DJ PP (DJ mix) - (1:16:54) 126 BPM
As befits any compilation released on Toolroom, there's no shortage of grainy bass-led bangers on this thirteenth instalment of Selector Series. Taking pride of place in this category are Marijn Ten Velden & Lucien Foort's "Bleeep!", which grinds and bleeps its way towards a demented robotic break down, and the slamming rhythm and the monotone vocal sampling "At Night" by Dave Spoon. Elsewhere though, there is more diversity on offer: DJ PP's own "Hot Stuff" sounds like an accessible version of Detroit techno with deep chords and epic strings crashing in over the rolling groove, while PP's "La Luna" offers another perspective, its conga-led rhythm and sensuous vocal offering a more blissed out vision of Ibiza house.
His identity might be a mystery, but there's no confusion over his tunes. Only he could create his brand of epic house music, and with support from the likes of Shadow Child, Ninetoes, Pleasurekraft, Noir, Bontan and Groove Armada, there's a whole wave of producers out there hungry for his work. Good job he's released volume two of his EP series. Taking a smart look at old school house his effect is somewhere between deep and tech, meshing sub-genres effortlessly with cool collection. Perfect for late night dancefloors, there might be a chill in the air but those grooves definitely betray a party atmosphere. If you love intelligent sounds, you'll love this.
It sounds like Ibiza 2013 will be remembered as the year that the piano returned. At least that's the sense one gets from listening to the latest Toolroom compilation. From C2's edit of new school house act Bicep's "Vision of Love" to the trance meets old school techno of Kaiserdisco's "Night & Day", the plaintive ivory keys loom large. Of course there are exceptions, like Breach's stripped back, abrasive remix of Jamie Jones' "Tonight In Tokyo", but when even the darker tracks, like Ejeca's "Witchdokta" sampling, break beat house monster "Rosario", drops into an evocative piano break down, you know that it's the dominant sound of the season.
Nine O Six (Matt Smallwood remix) - (6:31) 125 BPM
Hotness (Rafa Barrios remix) - (8:16) 126 BPM
Summertime (Kiko remix) - (7:20) 123 BPM
Nine O Six (The Glitz remix) - (7:20) 122 BPM
Hotness (Mario Ochoa remix) - (6:39) 125 BPM
Nine O Six (Paul C & Paolo Martini remix) - (7:40) 125 BPM
Mihalis Safras with Chus & Ceballos - "The Break" (Egoism remix) - (5:56) 124 BPM
Toolroom never disappoints, and once again they've delivered the goods with a splendid and wide-ranging remix compilation of Mihail Safras' choice cuts. From Mark Broom's ominous and warehouse-focussed remix of "Big Room" to D Unity's filthy and deranged re-wiring of "Summertime", the collection is nothing but pure bliss. There's a hefty thirteen tracks here, so press play, mix away and dance your booty off!
Toolroom are aiming for the big rooms on this, their latest release by hotly tipped duo, Ben Prok and James Fitch. "Don't Go" is proggy, it's techy, it's funky, it's kinda a lot of things, but with it's insistent rolling bass and huge, hands-in-the-air chorus, it's certainly big.
Although this latest release on Mark Knight's Toolroom imprint is only a one tracker, there's a fair few heads involved in its creation. Prince Club are a young house obsessed duo from Canada and Harvard Bass is the Tijuana man behind the Bump City label. "Canixo" is sure to get a fair few feet moving too with its low-slung electro-house bass line, and general moodiness sugared with total hands in the air trancey top line. Top tune!
"Rush" is arguably well named. Built around the three-pronged attractions of a colossal, rave-era piano line - it's like 1991 all over again - an energetic vocal from Soraya Vivian and a groove that flips between bassy electro-house strut and skittering breakbeats, it has "massive tune" written all over it. Predictably, the remixes are quite large, too. Groovebox shuffle the parts whilst retaining the original groove, Pete Griffiths builds his version around some big garage riffs, and Tough Love do a passable Huxley impression on their deep-but-energetic powder house take. Most impressive, though, is the nasty, bass-heavy overhaul from Doorly and Rory Philips, which repositions the track as a gnarly late night stomper.
Concentrated jack juice, "Cause & Effect" sees Slovenian techno maestro Umek collide with Spanish tech house stalwart Groovebox for a thick, chuggy slice of honest house fun. Bolstered with an infectious ping-pong bassline, a very cool Q-Tip flavoured sample and a sweet shuffling rhythm, "Cause & Effect" will resonate with fans of both collaborators. Already a major moment on the White Isle this summer, this delivers in every way.
It's fair to say that Jay C is a little cheeky. Actually he's very cheeky, but being signed to Mark Knight's Toolroom label, it's an approach that clearly works. From the double take name to the shameless sample of Blondie's party classic Rapture, his shamelessness knows no bounds. "Fab Freddy Said" takes the eponymous line spoken by Debbie Harry and merges it with a great funky loop for maximum fun. On the remix front, Federico Scavo delivers a thumping house version guaranteed to slay those big rooms. Peter Horrevorts' sumptuous slice of disco groove is best of all though.