Review: It's that time of year again when all the industry heavyweights and wannabes alike converge in Miami for WMC. Deals are signed, hits are made and stars are born and the likes of Hot Since '82 and his Knee Deep In Sound imprint are playing centre stage. This compilation no doubt showcases what had hands in the air on Nikki beach's dancefloors this Summer such as Moonwalk's absolutely massive "Reflection"; the perfect track to transition into the peak time and possibly the most razor sharp bassline you'll hear all year. Honourable mentions also to Anhouser & Who Else who get well funky and progressive on "Apology" which sounds like it could have been on Sasha & Digweed's Northern Exposure a good twenty years ago and Outstrip's "Galosha" definitely the most fierce cut on here; a stripped back, slinky tech house tool that's made more the late shift.
Review: Toolroom sets out an ambitious programme for its annual Miami trip. Patrick Topping gets the party started with the diva vocals and crowd cheers of "Be Sharp, Say Nowt", a true good-time house tune, while a more considered but no less infectious take on vocal house is audible on The 2 Bears' "London Are You There?" and Bicep's wonderful electro-synth-led "Metro". However, this compilation isn't limited to house music: the OC & Verde remix of Eli & Fur's "Around You" is frosty Euro trance at its most memorable and Dubspeeka's "Lyssa" is a gorgeous piece of dubbed out, dreamy techno. Miami won't know what hit it.