Review: Mark Knights Toolroom label and the flagship Knights compilation series never fails to impress. For the latest installment they enlist the party fueled tech house sounds of Italy's leading light Stefano Noferini. Joining the ranks with the likes of; Umek, John Dalhback, and Fedde Le Grand, he digs deep for 20 of the biggest and best tech tunes around, including three exclusive productions of his own. It's a constant blast of energy at every turn, with just a few of the highlights coming from; Christian Smith, Pirupa, Marc Romby, and Bart Skils. An essential purchase!!
Review: There's a distinctly old school flavour to this compilation as Thee Cool Cats take to the controls. Patrick Topping's "Forget" sees the fast-rising producer serve up insane rave stabs and diva vocal samples over insistent cowbells and slamming beats, while Catz'n'Dogz mine a different part of 90s music culture. The duo's "Booty Comes First" is inspired by the rude and raucous sound of ghetto house, as pre-orgasmic moans and a slamming rhythm reinforce the vocal that "yo booty comes first". At the other end of the emotional spectrum, Tough Love impress greatly with the acid-laced, soulful house of "Dreams", while the next generation of Detroit techno, fronted by Dantiez Saunderson and working with Altus Project returns to early 90s US house with the vocal-led "I Need You".