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: This compilation provides a taster of what's in store on Loco Dice's label this year - and it would appear that classic house music is its 2015 theme. That's not to suggest that Desolat has commissioned a series of throwaway tracks, and there is a surprising amount of diversity on offer. Yaya and Lorenzo Chiabotti's "Dhalism" is a deep, dub-infused groove that recalls DiY's sound, while Alexandar Ivkovic's excellent "B70" fuses dark, tribal New York drums with breathless chords. Fans of the harder iterations of 90s house - as opposed to plain old hard house - will also find much to love here, including the drum rolls and ominous chords of Chuckie's "Abu Dhabi Join" and the irresistible track head sound on Santos' "Flow".