Review: By now, we should all know what to expect from Toolroom's "Poolside Ibiza" compilation strand, namely groovy nu-disco, house and laidback Balearic beats inspired by afternoons spent lounging by the water in stonking White Isle heat. Naturally, there are plenty of gems to be found amongst the 40 unmixed tunes selected by chosen DJs Moullinex and Xinobi, from their own collaborative post-punk/dub number "X Marks The Spot", to the slick '80s synth-pop dreaminess of Tensnake's fine remix of Xinobi's "Far Away Place" and the drowsy, Morricone-influenced soundscape weirdness of Simple Symmetry's remix of Moscoman's "I Ran". Throw in some seriously good cuts from Felipe Gordon, Donald Dust, Pin Up Club and Meera (whose carnival-ready boogie jam "Fine Without You" stands out), and you have a fine collection of summery cuts.
Universal Love (Jaap Ligthart remix) - (7:37) 120 BPM
Maybe Tomorrow - (7:58) 124 BPM
Review: The prolific Noraj Cue returns to Manual Music, home to both the majority of the producer's cuts and a whole load of quality deep house and minimal techno. "Krankenhouse" is a pure A-side blaster, dishing out fast, driving beats alongside heavy sequences of bass, and it's masterfully remixed Tim Penner into a moodier, more swamped tech house number with rolling drums and a tribal edge. "Universal Love" is tamer, more joyous and brimming with lovely piano keys: Jaap Ligthart adds in a heavier percussion swing and more cinematic melodies on his reinterpretation. "Maybe Tomorrow" is the cherry on the cake, the devilish minimal nugget to lock your jaw into a twist. Crunch!