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: NIQW is Niklas Wiik, an upstart producer and DJ from Helsinki. If this new release on U.S. Label Audiophile XXL is anything to go by, the kid has some serious potential. "I Can't" is some seriously punchy main room tech house with bleepy bass, razor sharp synth leads and all round tight groove that's perfect to lead in to the peak time. We've also got "Attention" (alert: massive drop on this one!) which is dirty late night electro house for freaks and reminiscent of early Tale Of Us. This is guaranteed to pack a floor and make the walls sweat!