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.
Review: It would be fair to say that there's a head of steam building behind "Far Away Place". It was originally featured on Bruno "Xinobi" Cardossa's 2017 sophomore set On The Quiet, but has since appeared as a single (on Anjunadeep, no less). We're willing to wager that this edition, featuring some fine new remixes, will be extremely popular with both DJs and dancers. Last year's fine rework from Jody Wisternoff and James Grant is joined by new rubs by Tensnake and Pete Herbert. Predictably, it's Tensnake who takes top prize via a sparkling, funk-fuelled, synthesizer heavy version that sounds like a summer anthem in the making. That's not to say that Pete Herbert's revisions aren't good, though; in fact his breezy, extra percussive Balearic disco Dub is every bit as essential.
Review: Some 12 months on from its release, Bruno "Xinobi" Cardosa has handed over the parts to his quietly impressive debut album, 1975, to a crack team of remixers. It's Psychemagik who arguably impress the most, building up an atmospheric, tribal-influenced rhythm on their version of "Bogota", before turning the track into a throbbing, druggy, big room house beast. Munk's version of Afrobeat-influenced cut "Crime" is a Balearic disco treat - think woozy fretless bass, chiming melodies and glistening guitars - while Cut Slack turn "Real Fake" into a suitably loved-up chunk of loose-limbed, sun-kissed synth-pop. It's a formidably breezy rework, and one that should sound as good in a club as it does on your car stereo.