ANOTR & King Wonder Bread - "The Great Reset" - (5:32) 132 BPM
Review: Seven months after dropping their debut album, Expo Series 1, ANOTR returns with another full-length excursion, this one featuring a mixture of solo tracks and collaborations. The Amsterdam-based twosome is in fine form throughout, joyfully dancing between shuffling, piano-heavy blends of breakbeat-driven deep house-disco ('Make Art Not EUR'), punk-funk splashed jazz-funk/house fusion ('Your Mind' with Abel Balder), grown-up disco-house hedonism (the Rhodes-heavy summer blast of 'Bigger Picture'), sun-soaked, jazz guitar-laden dancefloor gorgeousness ('Canvas'), Escort style neo-disco ('Mirror Society'), jazzy organic house ('Time To Smoke' with Sebastien Kamae) and sparkling, synth-laden nu-disco (King Wonder Bread hook-up 'The Great Reset').
Review: Amsterdam based duo ANOTR is comprised of Jesse Van Heijden and Oguzhan Guney, who have been making huge waves internationally. Here they present the first installment in the Expo Series for local scene heroes No Art, featuring eight killer cuts. From the pumping '90s house energy of "Atomic Air", the dubby swing-fuelled stomp of "Token", to the rolling tribal tech house of "Black Box" which is totally geared for summertime vibes on The White Isle, and the mesmerising tech house of "O.P.O.P." - the rising Dutch duo are at the top of their game on this one.
Knowhat - "The Magician" (original mix) - (8:13) 125 BPM
Review: Riva Starr's Snatch! celebrate 10 years in the game in 2020, and this collection rounds up the best of their output over the latter half of that first decade. Tuff, chuggy tech-house is, unsurprisingly, the dominant sound here, but it's by no means all that's on offer - Rogue D flirts with 80s boogie on 'Take It Easy', for instance, while Soul Speech loops up Heatwave's 'Boogie Nights' on 'Soul Speech'. With tracks from the heavy-hitting likes of Max Chapman, Darius Syrossian, Steve Bug, Groove Armada, Wade and Denis Cruz, and cheeky reworks of classics like 'My Beat' and 'Pride (A Deeper Love)', there's useful ammunition here for house jocks of many different micro-persuasions.
Review: Ascendant Dutch duo ANOTR bring the heat on Solid Grooves, following up some thrillers on the London based label by Prok & Fitch, Leftwing & Kody and Pawsa. This is tough rolling tech-house, with the main room at peak time strictly in mind that will appeal to fans of White Isle sounds by the likes of Gruuv, Saved or Elrow. From the driving, funk-fuelled and functional groove of "Let Me Hear Ya" to the hypnotic vibe of "Great Canyon" and its sublime chord progressions reminiscent of classic UK tech house.
Martin Books - "Flitzepulver" (original mix) - (6:35) 128 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:18:53) 124 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:19:01) 125 BPM
Review: With the same certainty that the leaves will turn brown and fall from the trees, autumn sees the release of Toolroom's closing party album. It's the label's annual state of the (house) nation address and 2018 is no exception. While this year's edition contains a healthy smattering of feel good house - the most impressive exempts being the vocal grooves of Weiss' "Feel My Needs" and Illyus & Barrientos' "MEA" - there are also more adventurous variants on offer. These include Peggy Gou's tweaked acid take on Shakedown's "At Night", the chord heavy Dusky take on KiNK's "Perth" and the cut-up, abstract "Pale Blue Dot" by rising lo-fi house artist Ross From Friends, which demonstrate that this year, Toolroom is thinking outside the box.
Review: As per usual, the UK's Toolroom imprint has put together the definitive summer collection when it comes to tech-house and anything minimal. As you can see - and hear - there are 67 tracks on here, all from the very best and most coveted talent in the scene; Mark Knight features prominently, of course, alongside established house entities like Erick Morillo, Format: B, Sascha Funke, Nic Fanciulli, and many others. But, don't stop there, as there is plenty of new talent to discover in artists like SecondCity, GotSome, Marcellus Wallace, ANOTR, and many more. There are three continuous mixes available, also, one for each summer setting. This is BIG!
Review: Mark Knight & Co. are straight up with their latest title - but considering their current 15th birthday celebrations, these guys can do whatever they want - they hardly do wrong anyway! House, Tech House, Techno Vol 2 does exactly what is says on the tin with a whopping 62 tracks and three continuous mixes - each dedicated to said subgenre. From that massive remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now" by current scene favourites CamelPhat, Saved main man Nic Fanciulli's collaboration with Damon Albarn on "Saying" (Kolsch remix), label head honcho Knight himself steps up to deliver the pumping and white noise filled "We Get High From The Music" (feat Mr V) and the inimitable Danny Howells is always welcome - particularly with a track as electrifying as the recently released "Isolar".
Review: The annual Toolroom statement of intent for Ibiza gets off to a raucous start with the good time house Camelphat remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now". Despite this, the compilation isn't all about peak time pleasure. It features deeper nuggets like the sun-kissed deep techno remix of Bicep's "Opal" by Four Tet and the hypnotic break beat techno Kolsch remix of Nic Fanciulli's "Saying". However, Ibiza 2018 doesn't depart too far from the script, and label boss Mark Knight's "We Get High From the Music" is classic Toolroom - a tough tribal workout descending into filtered, vocal-heavy nirvana. That said, they deserve plaudits for keeping a close eye on new artists and the niggling acid and chimes of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget" is testament to that.