Review: London's Duke Dumont is still basking in the huge success of his synthpop hit Ocean Drive. However he started in the underground and his For Club Play Only series is his way of staying in touch with his roots. That said, his fourth instalment does see him defect from Tiga's Turbo Recordings to Defected, and lead track "Be Here" is a lot more commercial in sound. Boasting gospel diva vocals and warm, soulful 90s synth pads, the song is a radio friendly winner. "Worship", though, with its bleepy Italo disco bassline and melodies is the cooler of two tunes by far.
Review: With dance music's annual Winter Music Conference in Miami fast approaching, Toolroom present a selection of tunes to impress the gathered industry boffins, clubbers and well-watered music journalists. Oh, and DJs who fancy getting the label's next "big tunes" well in advance of their regular release. At 47 tracks deep, with three DJ mixes thrown in for good measure, it's a bit of a beast, but there's more than enough to excite those who want fresh, recent and forthcoming bangers. All the big players are present - Deadmau5, Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Mark Knight etc - as well as Toolroom favourites such as Hoxton Whores, Dirty South and Nicky Romero. Basically, if you're after big tunes to please big rooms, you should give it a whirl.
Review: "100 years ago I had a dream: release music I love, with pro graphics, without going bankrupt". Trust Tiga to give a great soundbite for his label's four-part retrospective, part two of which drops this week. Covering 2005-2008, some stone cold electro and techno classics reside herein: Tomas Barfod's criminally underrated wonky-tech beauty "Saturdaya" and early tunes from Boys Noize (the untypically subdued "Haldern"), Proxy, Dim and Duke Dumont's Debbie Deb-sampling "When I Hear Mu'sic". With Justice's mighty take on ZZT's "Lower State of Consciousness" also here, this is a perfect collection for die-hards and casual Turbo listeners alike.
Review: Mark Knight's label brings together some of the sounds that were showcased over the course of the ADE. Basement Jaxx kick start the compilation with the stomping disco house of "Never Say Never", while Harry Romero shows that he's not just a US house head. Working with Doorly, he drops "The Truth", a tough techno track, led by heavy claps. The techno influence lingers on Maceo Plex's "Conjure Superstar", which features an unusual combination of rave sirens and sublime, 808 State-style synths. As is the case in the wider electronic world, this reinvention of the past is in abundance on Amsterdam 2014 and apart from Plex's track, the most impressive contribution is Dosem's "Chase the Link", which sounds like a particularly dark version of vintage Lil Louis.