Black V Neck & Kratex - "Time Waster" - (6:33) 127 BPM
Chapter & Verse - "Nacho" - (4:55) 126 BPM
G. Felix - "Ghetto Woman" - (6:30) 128 BPM
MANT - "Open 24h" - (5:58) 129 BPM
Kyle Walker - "Pure Imagination" - (5:37) 126 BPM
Chris Larsen (CA) - "Automatic" - (6:36) 126 BPM
Andre Salmon, Cuevas (ES) & Albert Garcia - "Let's Go!" - (6:48) 128 BPM
Jholeyson & Ben Kim - "Smoke X" - (6:33) 127 BPM
LUCATI - "Generation Revolution" - (5:10) 127 BPM
Review: Pandemic fatigue is no doubt affecting Millennials and Gen Z'ers here on Earth. Meanwhile, on Planet Mars, we're sure it's getting quite tiresome on the space rover for those stowaway party animals aboard. The solution: Repopulate Stars - Escape Gravity. Featuring 10 selections of sunny and punchy tech house curated by Lee Foss & Co. which will no doubt bring some summer heat to the Red Planet. Highlights come from: Kevin Corral who serves up some high- octane peak time energy on the thrilling "East Coast", Kratex & Black V Neck bringing the groovy afterhours minimal funk on "Time Waster", MANT providing the mandatory UK tech house vibes on the bass-driven and tough rolling dub of "Open 24h" and Ecuadorian dream team Andre Salmon, Cuevas and Albert Garcia giving up the slinky and hypnotic 303 acid of "Let's Go!".
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: 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: The annual Toolroom statement of intent for Ibiza gets off to a raucous start with the good time house Camelphat remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now". Despite this, the compilation isn't all about peak time pleasure. It features deeper nuggets like the sun-kissed deep techno remix of Bicep's "Opal" by Four Tet and the hypnotic break beat techno Kolsch remix of Nic Fanciulli's "Saying". However, Ibiza 2018 doesn't depart too far from the script, and label boss Mark Knight's "We Get High From the Music" is classic Toolroom - a tough tribal workout descending into filtered, vocal-heavy nirvana. That said, they deserve plaudits for keeping a close eye on new artists and the niggling acid and chimes of Peggy Gou's "It Makes You Forget" is testament to that.