Review: Javi Bora's popular and prolific Too Many Rules label has now been operating for two years, so to mark the occasion he's decided to offer-up this epic, 30-track retrospective of the imprint's output to date. There's naturally much to admire, including a string of fine cuts from the boss man (Chus and Cheballos's slamming, bass-heavy take on his hook-up with Huxley, "You're Everything", and the lolloping collaboration with Iban Montoro and Jazzman Wax, "Fresh Prince", being our picks), a terrifically bouncy, tech-tinged vocal number from Jairo Beltrami ("Don't Love Me"), multiple muscular workouts from legendary Chicagoan producer DJ Sneak (check the breathless, extra-percussive "Rising") and a notable disco-house workout from Junior Sanchez. Throw in headline-grabbing remixes from Groove Armada, Demuir and Roger Sanchez, and you have a seriously solid set.
Stu Hirst - "Clap, Snare, Repeat" (Yousef's One Night In July remix) - (7:41) 126 BPM
Scurrilous - "They Play It Safe" - (5:55) 125 BPM
Paul Darey & Alan Lockwood - "Wicked In Japan" (original mix) - (6:48) 128 BPM
Ito & Ran Shani - "Aviation" (original mix) - (7:58) 125 BPM
Review: Cr2 Records presents the 2020 edition of Ibiza Underground. which features some of the label's biggest house and techno tracks this year. Getting straight down to business with Abel Ramos & Sansixto's tough rolling "Hola Mi Amor", the deep latin tribal groove of Uner & Coyu's remix of WWW's "Relaxx" and Saved chief Nic Fanciulli's emotive rework of Ito And Star's "Sudoko Kid". Elsehwre, British upstart My Cat Snoop gets deep into the groove on "Yo Mama" (extended mix), Paolo Mojo's tech house epic "Alininha" gets a funked-up perspective by Edu Imbernon, and you might remember when boss man Mark Brown teamed up with Steve Mac on "Bells Of Brighton" a little while back? Well that one gets an uplifting summer reinterpretation by Dutch legend 2000 & One.
Review: 2019 was a very successful year for Javi Bora's Too Many Rules imprint, so it makes sense that he would want to celebrate it with an expansive label sampler. There's naturally much to admire across the 25-track set, with Bora wisely choosing only the most impactful peak-time house jams and rugged remixes (see Chus & Ceballos's throbbing revision of Huxley & Bora's "You're Everything" and the vintage Junior Vasquez flex of Groove Armada's revision of Bora's "Smashing Up"). There's more than enough variety to stave off accusations that the label sticks to one groove, though it should be said that a number of the collection's many standout moments sit somewhere between funk-fuelled disco-house, DJ Sneak style "boompty" and good old-fashioned chunky house (for proof, check Junior Sanchez's ace "Hard To Resist").
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: Given that the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is happening on their doorstep, it's little surprise to see Armada Music's house offshoot Armada Subjekt releasing a celebratory compilation. Featuring no less than 30 cuts the label expects to do the business during the weeklong event, it's full to bursting with high quality club cuts. Highlights include Gerd Janson's chunky, acid-flecked revision of Joe Smooth classic "Promised Land", a muscular, mind-altering dark room take on Harry Romero's "Tania" by Honey Dijon, a sublime chunk of classic-sounding peak-time house from Low Steppa and Amy Douglas ("Burn Me Up"), a ludicrously sub-heavy slab of dark garage from Javi Nora and Piem, and some slick big room tech-house business by DJ Vivona.
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).