Review: This third volume of the Twin Turbo compilation is a timely reminder of Turbo's consistency when it comes to delivering varied dance music. The TRACE7000 remix of Jakwob's "Feel So Good" is a pulsating, acidic track, while Kill Frenzy ups the intensity levels with the swampy electronics and ghetto jack of "Follow Me". In contrast, ANNA's "Artha" is a sleek affair, its linear rhythm supporting tranced out rhythms, while on "Build Up Your House", Hoshina Anniversary delivers a modern take on Chicago jack, with repetitive vocals underpinned by a grainy rhythm. Label owner Tiga also makes an appearance, with Dense & Pika delivering a techy take on his version of Public Enemy's "Louder Than A Bomb".
Review: Toolroom's compilations have soundtracked Miami's Winter Music Conference for more than a decade and this is no exception. Here they've drafted in three of their key artists to compile the album: Friend Within, Leftwing : Kody & Siege - who all take you on a journey through the various shades of house and techno. Highlights include: Siege's remix of legend Green Velvet's massive "Bigger Than Prince, boss man Mark Knight's electrifying rework of C.O.T.'s "Let It Go" into a uplifting house anthem, Dutchman Franky Rizardo cool as a cucumber on the smooth groove of "X Marks The Spot" through to veteran west coast producer Miguel Migs returning to the spotlight with the ultra deep "Moving Light" feat. Lisa Shaw and the comeback of Canadian legend Hatiras on the slinky and hypnotic remix of Sammy Deuce's "EZY". From certified main room essentials to sun-kissed poolside vibes, capture the magic of Miami Music Week with 'Toolroom Miami 2020'.
Review: 2019 marks a landmark celebration in Saved Records history, as they call upon artists far and wide to commemorate their 15th birthday and 200th release. Nic Fanciulli's label has always stood as a benchmark for quality, whilst nurturing new talent and pushing the envelope as one of the most recognisable labels in dance music. An essential compilation for both dedicated label fans and newcomers alike, they present a compilation of all new exclusive material by a collection of the label's favourite DJs and producers. The ever reliable Dutchman Franky Rizardo delivers the entrancing "Air", rising Italian Alex Kennon delivers the tough rolling main room funk of "Who Cares", while Israeli veteran Gel Abril aims straight ahead with his direct groove "Entra" and the UK's own Denney & James Dexter deliver some dirty minimal tech house for the after hour on "C'mon" - among many more.
Review: With Ibiza's extended summer season almost upon us, Toolroom has served up a suitably epic collection of cuts that it expects to be big on the White Isle this summer. Label boss Mark Knight has provided a trio of DJ mixes ("Poolside", "Club" and "Afterclub") and the unmixed tracks included all fit into these loose categories. There's not enough room to list all of the highlights, but we've been enjoying the funk-fuelled disco-house rush of Illyus and Barrientos' "The One", the sleazy, bass-heavy bounce of Max Chapman's "Steppa", the acid-powered tech-house-jack of Del-30's "Gravity" and the weighty, mind-altering thump of "Low End Theory" by Eli Brown.
Review: More tough rolling tech-house for the main room at peak time, courtesy of the ever reliable Saved Records. On Collection G they get straight down to business: there was no fancy press release for this one - just straight up groove business that speaks for itself and just in time for Spring - and the commencement of the festival season! Highlights come courtesy of: Torontonian legend and Rawthentic boss Carlo Lio on the fierce banger "Hear This", ascendant Brit Denney getting slinky and hypnotic on the tight groove of "Mind Control", right through to American Anthony Attala's headrush inducing "Cypress (featuring the biggest drop you'll hear this year!) and promising stuff by former NBA basketballer Rony Seikaly ("Groove It") and Calabrian upstarts ItaloBros on "Blaston".
Review: Toronto's Carlo Lio has been making highly explosive dancefloor bombs for over a decade now, with his passionate take on tech reaching every corner of the globe. Here he returns with one of his most high profile releases yet, Psychout, on none other than Tiga's legendary Turbo Recordings. It's all about the twin turbos here, boasting two tracks for our listening pleasure. The title track is an excellent slice of techy minimal disco; a streamlined and linear digital snake. "All She Wants" meanwhile, is a heavier affair with pulsating Popof-style bass, percolating rhythms and creepy vocal snippets. Lively!