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.
Review: The fourth volume of Noir Music's solid Second Chances & New Romances series offers up more bright-eyed, bushy-tailed deep house for contemporary dancefloors. There are seven cuts to choose from, starting with Larse's nu-disco-tinged, Julio Bashmore-inspired "Those Of You". Finnebassen delivers two squidgy, eyes-wide-shut groovers, with the R&B-sampling "Touching You" being the obvious pick. Elsewhere, Timos cracks out the alien melodies and analogue basslines of "One of a Kind", whilst Hector Cuoto mixes wobbly bass and shuffling beats with Adonis samples on confirmed basement bumper "Lost Keys". As usual, all the material is likely to put a smile on the face of all but the most forthright miserablists.