Review: Each year 'This Is Toolroom' sets the tone for the British powerhouse's musical plans. Presented by London veteran (and Soul Purpose main man) Martin Ikin, this is an essential compilation to kick off a new decade, where you will discover essential cuts from label staples and newcomers alike across these 20 tracks - that cover the musical spectrum that Toolroom dubs its own. Highlights are not limited to: label boss Mark Knight kicking things off with the sultry and tribal vocal house anthem "Mona Lisa", the man himself Ikin contributing the funky house bomb "I'll Be" featuring Malika, Windy city legend Gene Farris bangs the party with the absolutely electric "Back In The Day" as well as the hosts of the label's last compilation Sllash & Doppe and Mendo, who serve up some seriously good vibes on "Back To The House" and "Give It To Me" respectively. As always, it comes with a continuous mix that's blended to perfection by Ikin.
Nine O Six (Matt Smallwood remix) - (6:31) 125 BPM
Hotness (Rafa Barrios remix) - (8:16) 126 BPM
Summertime (Kiko remix) - (7:20) 123 BPM
Nine O Six (The Glitz remix) - (7:20) 122 BPM
Hotness (Mario Ochoa remix) - (6:39) 125 BPM
Nine O Six (Paul C & Paolo Martini remix) - (7:40) 125 BPM
Mihalis Safras with Chus & Ceballos - "The Break" (Egoism remix) - (5:56) 124 BPM
Review: Toolroom never disappoints, and once again they've delivered the goods with a splendid and wide-ranging remix compilation of Mihail Safras' choice cuts. From Mark Broom's ominous and warehouse-focussed remix of "Big Room" to D Unity's filthy and deranged re-wiring of "Summertime", the collection is nothing but pure bliss. There's a hefty thirteen tracks here, so press play, mix away and dance your booty off!
Review: It sounds like Ibiza 2013 will be remembered as the year that the piano returned. At least that's the sense one gets from listening to the latest Toolroom compilation. From C2's edit of new school house act Bicep's "Vision of Love" to the trance meets old school techno of Kaiserdisco's "Night & Day", the plaintive ivory keys loom large. Of course there are exceptions, like Breach's stripped back, abrasive remix of Jamie Jones' "Tonight In Tokyo", but when even the darker tracks, like Ejeca's "Witchdokta" sampling, break beat house monster "Rosario", drops into an evocative piano break down, you know that it's the dominant sound of the season.
Review: With dance music's annual Winter Music Conference in Miami fast approaching, Toolroom present a selection of tunes to impress the gathered industry boffins, clubbers and well-watered music journalists. Oh, and DJs who fancy getting the label's next "big tunes" well in advance of their regular release. At 47 tracks deep, with three DJ mixes thrown in for good measure, it's a bit of a beast, but there's more than enough to excite those who want fresh, recent and forthcoming bangers. All the big players are present - Deadmau5, Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, Mark Knight etc - as well as Toolroom favourites such as Hoxton Whores, Dirty South and Nicky Romero. Basically, if you're after big tunes to please big rooms, you should give it a whirl.