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: Amsterdam Dance Event holds a special place in the electronic music community's calendar, and it just wouldn't be the same without the Toolroom family putting on a very special showcase for the industry and punters alike. The Dutch capital's clubbing culture is one of the best in Europe and there's only one place to be this October. They join the fun once again this year and this are kicking off the week at Chicago Social Club for an opening to ADE like no other. In celebration, Mark Knight & Co. anticipate the event with this solid collection of sonic arsenal with highlights not limited to: label staple Weiss serving up classic vocal funky house on "Let Me Love You" (extended Club mix), legends Dirty Vegas getting remixed by CamelPhat on the extended remix of "Days Go By" (which reaches near acid moments), the ever impressive Alan Fitzpatrick providing austere peak time tackle on banger "The Approach" and rising stars like Jacky (with Example) on the wonky tech house of "Another 24" and label newcomer Maxinne dropping the riveting main room thriller "The Message" amongst many more. Comes with two continuous mixes: the first by Romanian upstarts Sllash & Doppe and the second by Swiss scene hero Mendo (Clarisse).
Review: With too much good music to release in one collection, Toolroom present the second volume of its coveted Ibiza compilation. The list of artists included runs like a roll call of the most exciting producers in electronic music right now with highlights such as: ascendant Brit Weiss on the uplifting vocal house anthem "Let Me Love You", Bristolian bass house hero Will Clarke doing his thing on "Tricky", the ever impressive Eli Brown nailing that peak time vibe on "Always", Hannah Wants getting deep down and dirty on the Kevin Saunderson sampling "Love Somebody" and Toronto's finest DJ Sneak & Demuir doing their thing on "Good Ol' Days". Add to this three continued mixes that cover Poolside, Club and Afterclub, and you have a collection that encapsulates the electronic spirit of Ibiza like no other.
Review: Ascendant UK DJ/producer Eli Brown is back and doing his infectious thing as always, this time for UK experts Toolroom for his third release now - after some great stuff for top labels like Repopulate Mars, Kaluki and Truesoul to name but a few. The boy from Bristol is in fine form on the tongue rolling and hypnotic groove that is "Always" led by its sweet vocal, catchy melody and wicked sense of swing. This is supported by the bangin' "Need You" with its Dave Clarke style stabs, commanding diva vocal loops and truly sweltering rhythms that reach near tribal moments.
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.
Eli Brown - "Tech This Out" (Melody's Enemy remix) - (8:16) 126 BPM
Melodyas Enemy - "Dead 2nite" (Eli Brown remix) - (5:44) 126 BPM
Review: Next up on Skream's imprint Of Unsound Mind is this stomping split release. The Melody's Enemy remix of Eli Brown's "Tech This Out" straddles a fine line between tough techno and dubstep, but it also makes nod to the brashness of original hard house. Combined with a rave riff-led build up, it makes for an unusual dance floor track. Meanwhile, Brown returns the favour by delivering a version of Melody's Enemy's "Dead 2nite". Like "Tech", it also features a repetitive, looped vocal at the centre of a building, stomping techno track that is peppered with cheeky rave samples. It's exactly the type of track you could imagine the label owner playing.
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".