Review: Five years on from the release of the previous instalment in his Bullets series of dancefloor-focused secret weapons, Toolroom star Mark Knight has finally unleased volume five. It boasts two top-notch collaborations. He joins forces with rising star Mason on 'Givin' Up', a typically weighty peak-time excursion in which sweet female vocal snippets, sweet disco strings and funky melodic flourishes leap above crunchy, big room-ready disco-house drums and a driving bassline. 'Movin', a hook-up with James Hurr and vocalist Laura Davie, offers a slightly darker and chunkier variation on the disco-house template, with dirty, sub-heavy bass and hazy, warehouse-ready electronics joining crisp, Chic style guitars and Knight's usual bombastic, speaker-bothering drums.
Review: A series packed full of greatest hits and near misses from the Toolroom family, 'Best Of Toolroom' remains as a yearly highlight and essential listening for house music lovers across the globe.The 2021 edition features the uplifting house anthem by label chief Mark Knight & Beverley Knight "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" (feat London Community Gospel Choir), label staples such as Maxinne & Lauren L'aimant getting slinky and hypnotic on the vocal cut "Tell Me Something", as well as GotSome & George Kwali's sensually deep groove "In The Dark" (one of ther year's biggest tracks) in addition to hot Romanian duo Sllash & Doppe's well received "Off My Mind".
Review: Toolroom gets straight back down to business with Club Rave Dance, featuring 50 club essentials plus continuous mixes by scene heroes Flashmob and Volkoder - marking a return to clubland after a long break. Highlights come from label chief Mark Knight on the uplifting and soulful vocal house of "You Saw Me" (feat Damon Trueitt - GUZ extended mix), the slinky and hypnotic rhythm of dream team Danny Howard & Gene Farris' "How Do We Feel?" as well as Leftwing : Kody serving up the sexy and emotive "If You Wanna". Elsewhere, Baltra & Darius Syrossian drop the year's biggest bassline on "I Want You", the mighty Siege gets back to the disco on "Reach Out" and Tuff London deliver their best Kevin Saunderson impression on the Motor City vibes of "Heart Beat".
Review: Looking to inject a much needed dose of meaning and longevity into the world of dance music, Toolroom chief Mark Knight presents his new album titled Untold Business. It features 13 tracks that hark back to the glory days of late '90s funky house, while incorporating influences of classic soul and disco records from the 1970s and '80s - styles he rediscovered when diving through his extensive collection. As the album cover indicates, collaboration is key, and you can bet there's an all-star cast providing quality support all across this one. Highlights come in the form of the sunny and uplifting opening cut "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" featuring glorious vocals from Beverley Knight and London Community Gospel Choir, or when Knight teams up with industry veteran Michael Gray (Full Intention) on the infectiously low-slung groove of "Love Is All We're Living For" featuring Gia, while more positive vibes come from the late night boogie- down vibe of the title track featuring Chicago legend Gene Farris (with Jafunk on the mic) and label alumnus D. Ramirez lending a helping hand with the moody jack of early Chicago influenced number "Pass It Up" - featuring the one and only Robert Owens.
Review: Mark Knight & Co.round out the year with 'Best Of Toolroom 2020', a 50 track compilation delivering a collection of the label's biggest releases from the year that was into one package. Boss man Knight teams up with Rene Amesz on the year's most massive funky house tune "All 4 Love" (feat. Tasty Lopez) with other highlights coming from: Carl Cox on his stomping heads-down rework of Kevin Knapp & Hannah Wants "Call Me", the anthemic and utterly uplifting soul of legends Gene Farris & ATFC's "Spirit of House" plus the return of the legendary American vocalist Ann Nesby - whose unmistakable voice dominates LEFTI's "Rejuvenate". There's also the worthy addition of two continuous mixes by Mr Knight himself. 'Best Of Toolroom 2020' delivers the perfect annual sign off, as the label prepares for yet another landmark year in 2021.
Review: An outlet for both unreleased and exclusive music from the label's family members alongside rising talents, this is the fourth instalment of Toolroom's popular 'House Party' series. Featuring standout releases from Mark Knight's label plus the scene's biggest imprints, with highlights coming from: industry heavyweights Nic Fanciulli & Andrea Oliva on the slinky "Medium Rare", the inimitable Yousef with the pounding acid of "Save Me" (feat. Molly Green), legend Todd Terry with TCTS on the boompty bounce of "Get Freaky" and UK tech house hero Seb Zito delivering the peak time stomper "Don't Stop". As if that was not enough, there are also three continuous mixes by scene stalwarts such as Lefti, Piero Pirupa and label staple Maxinne.
Review: Toolroom is back with the second instalment of the 'House Party' series, with Chicago veteran Gene Farris, the enigmatic Wh0 and ascendant duo Raumakustik closing out the summer in style with their respective mixes. Featuring 80 tracks from leading international names including Carl Cox who goes for a minimal vibe on his remix of Hannah Wants & Kevin Knapp's "Call Me", Hot Since 82 serves up something different than usual on the summertime vibe of "Rise", Saved chief Nic Fanciulli gets some spiritual and life-affirming vibes in effect on "Virgo", Hamburg disco stu Tensnake gives Dombresky & Boston Bun's "Stronger" a neon-lit makeover and label boss Mark Knight impresses with the funky house anthem "Tonight" ft. Chenai and Mr. V.