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.
Review: Just in time for another messy season on the White Isle, Toolroom complement their Space residency with this mammoth house compendium. There's over 40 DJ-ready tracks plus three mixes available here. Not bad for a tenner, right? Most importantly, though, is the quality; ranging from the slippery downtempo boogie of Ilija Rudman's "Cinematic Behaviour" and the slow-mo disco of Ventura's "Hal Incandenza" to the hands-in-the-air euphoria of Tiesto and Mark Knight's "Beautiful World" and bouncy-assed house antics of Prok & Fitch's remix of Todd Terry's "Bounce To The Beat", Cr2 have ticked every house music box possible. From poolside to peaktime to those hazy post-club sessions in the villa, this will soundtrack many a summer.
Review: As well as their forthcoming takeover of the Brixton Academy in October, Toolroom are celebrating their fifth birthday in style with this collection of five mini-mixes from the night's headliners: Mark Knight, Fedde le Grand, Funkagenda, Michael Woods and D.Ramirez. Each around 20 minutes long, they're packed with huge house-shaped moments from the last five years - with each track available as individual full-length downloads.