Review: This is your 2020 edition of Toolroom House Party! Included in this red hot package are 20 brand new and exclusive cuts from the likes of: KC Lights who serves up the funked-up tribal groove of "You & Me", boss man Mark Knight once again heralding the return of good ol' fashioned funky house on "If It's Love" featuring Laura Davie & The Melody Men, legend Sharam Jey with Andruss & Bob Musella on the tough rolling tech funk of "Rise On My Soul" and man of the moment Shiba San getting deep down and dirty on "Runnin' Roll". Elsewhere, Saved head honcho Nic Fanciulli teams up with Black Circle on the spiritual afro house epic "Leap Of Faith", rising Berliners Mat.Joe give us the neon-lit energy of "Off Ma Mind" and you can bet that the ever reliable D. Ramirez makes a contribution (alongside label chief Knight) on the euphoric "Colombian Soul" which is remixed by label staples Sllash & Doppe. Plus, three super-hot DJ mixes from Dombresky, the aforementioned KC Lights & Ben Remember.
Review: It has been quite a year for the Toolroom institution. Celebrating their 15th birthday last year, they weren't ones to rest on their laurels, instead going full steam ahead with a bunch of genre defining compilations this year. But most importantly they have been instrumental in the comeback of funky house after a 20 year dormancy, with killer releases by the likes of Weiss, Cashio and boss man Mark Knight himself. Add to that one banging party at Chicago Social Club for Amsterdam Dance Event and it's evident that these guys are proper 24 hour party people. With a glorious year sadly coming to an end, celebrate a wonderful one that was on Best Of Toolroom 2019 with highlights not limited to: the rework of the Cevin Fisher classic "Freaks Come Out" by Jack Back, Hannah Wants & Kevin Knapp's deep down and dirty "Call Me" (extended mix), UK heroes Alan Fitzpatrick & Wheats delivering the certified banger "M27" and New York legend Todd Terry teaming up with Tuff London on "Psychodrama" featuring Jasmien Nanhekhan. If that was not enough, ascendant producer Maxinne delivers two mixes compiling all the tracks: one smooth House mix followed by a thumping Tech House mix.
Review: For the 160th installment of elrow Music's catalogue, the Barcelona-based brand has reined in one of the current heroes of UK dance music Dale Howard, with some top shelf tech house for the main room at peak time. For the Soul EP, Howard delivers three original tracks: from the uplifting and emotive funky house vibe of "Soul" with its infectious disco vocal loops, this is followed up by the adrenalised and bass-driven action of "Off" which features one of the most massive drops you'll hear this year, and ending with the tough banger "Thick" with its massive drums and furious bassline balanced out by some irresistible diva vocal loops. Expect to be hearing these tracks a lot this summer.
Review: It's that time of year again, when deals are made and stars are born in The City Of Magic. In preparation for Miami's Winter Music Conference, Mark Knight & Co. serve up their hit predictions on Toolroom Miami 2019 - accept no substitute! Across a whopping 62 tracks, there's all you need to hear, right here, across the event's five consecutive days and compiled in three continuous mixes, appropriately titled: The Poolside Mix, The Club Mix and rather appropriately The Afterclub Mix. Highlights not limited to: Illyus & Barrientos swingin' diva antics on "Shout", chief Mark Knight with Danny Howard channeling early noughties tech house on the polyrhythmic "You Can Do It Baby", French bass-house hero Shiba San on the super boompty "Crush That" through to legend ATFC on the epic "Strong 2 Survive" (Dario D'Attis extended mix) and Israeli progressive house expert Khen on the slinky and hypnotic "Pecas" (original mix).
Review: After celebrating 15 years in the business with a series of explosive parties in 2018, Mark Knight & Co. are taking already taking 2019 head on! Liverpool's Dale Howard is back with his third mighty effort for Toolroom and delivers the same quality you've come to expect from the man, following up efforts on Suara, Elrow and Gruuv. The uplifting and life-affirming main room "Rogue Keys" is sure to be an anthem in the making this year with its massive chords, while that classic NYC vibe of old on second effort "Hands Up" calls to mind the glory days of Strictly Rhythm or King Street of the late '90s. With its jacked diva vocals, Todd Terry-styled stabs and its sense of swing - this one is havin' it!
Review: 2019 was a massive year for Mark Knight and the gang, celebrating 15 years in the business and commemorating such a milestone with extensive world tours in the globe's greatest clubs and festival stages. We are fairly certain that this collection of tracks were tested extensively on the road during the latter part of last year - and are certain to make a big impact on dancefloors in 2019 and beyond! Highlights on This Is Toolroom 2019 not limited to: the epic dancefloor drama of "Poison" by the young ascendant Brit producer Wheats, likewise boss man Mark Knight takes on the NYC house sound - complete with preacher man style vocals - on the ultra-emotive "The Mystery Of Old Ma Clifton" (original mix), while Lost Recordings head honchos Leftwing & Kody deliver the tough rolling UK tech house sound of now on "Wile Out" and label staple and all round legend D. Ramirez is on form as always on the deep down and dirty "Overload".