Review: There's something deliciously infectious about "Who's The Douche", the lead cut from Darius Syrossian and Hector Couto's debut EP for Hot Creations. Rolling along on a booming, MK-ish groove, but boosted by cut-up vocals, it's like a 21st century take on hip-house that's near impossible to dislike. The prominent "funky bass" vocal sample gets recycled on the sub-bass propelled basement burner "We Both Loco". "Can You Feel It" is a more subdued affair, with more prominence given to deep, late night synths and wide-eyed builds. Closer "House is House" sits somewhere between all three tracks, delivering a mix of low-end wobble, shuffling grooves and wisely chosen vocal samples
Review: Amsterdam Dance Event holds a special place in the electronic music community's calendar, and it just wouldn't be the same without the Toolroom family putting on a very special showcase for the industry and punters alike. The Dutch capital's clubbing culture is one of the best in Europe and there's only one place to be this October. They join the fun once again this year and this are kicking off the week at Chicago Social Club for an opening to ADE like no other. In celebration, Mark Knight & Co. anticipate the event with this solid collection of sonic arsenal with highlights not limited to: label staple Weiss serving up classic vocal funky house on "Let Me Love You" (extended Club mix), legends Dirty Vegas getting remixed by CamelPhat on the extended remix of "Days Go By" (which reaches near acid moments), the ever impressive Alan Fitzpatrick providing austere peak time tackle on banger "The Approach" and rising stars like Jacky (with Example) on the wonky tech house of "Another 24" and label newcomer Maxinne dropping the riveting main room thriller "The Message" amongst many more. Comes with two continuous mixes: the first by Romanian upstarts Sllash & Doppe and the second by Swiss scene hero Mendo (Clarisse).
Review: Turning the winter cold into groove paradise, "We Love House" is back with another exemplary installment of top-shelf house music. Dropping delicious cuts at the pace of snow falling during a blizzard, this Winter edition sees the genre's most esteemed acts fuel the groove fire. Totaling to no less than 40 tracks, this edition of 'We Love House' certainly ain't frosty. Highlights come courtesy of: Berlin enfant terribles Format: B on the bouncy stomper "The Scoop", the old school rave flavour of Todd Terry presents CLS vs Montel - "Can You Feel It" (Montel remix), the deep tribal phunk of Kryder & Erick Morillo - "Waves" (feat Bella Hunter - Erick Morillo & Harry Romero extended remix) or power duo Leftwing & Kody's "With My Body" (feat Isis Salam) that rolls with utter force as always. We must also mention the worthy addition of the classic upon all classics: Inner City - "Big Fun 2017" (extended mix).
Review: This is your 2020 edition of Toolroom House Party! Included in this red hot package are 20 brand new and exclusive cuts from the likes of: KC Lights who serves up the funked-up tribal groove of "You & Me", boss man Mark Knight once again heralding the return of good ol' fashioned funky house on "If It's Love" featuring Laura Davie & The Melody Men, legend Sharam Jey with Andruss & Bob Musella on the tough rolling tech funk of "Rise On My Soul" and man of the moment Shiba San getting deep down and dirty on "Runnin' Roll". Elsewhere, Saved head honcho Nic Fanciulli teams up with Black Circle on the spiritual afro house epic "Leap Of Faith", rising Berliners Mat.Joe give us the neon-lit energy of "Off Ma Mind" and you can bet that the ever reliable D. Ramirez makes a contribution (alongside label chief Knight) on the euphoric "Colombian Soul" which is remixed by label staples Sllash & Doppe. Plus, three super-hot DJ mixes from Dombresky, the aforementioned KC Lights & Ben Remember.
Review: As per usual, the UK's Toolroom imprint has put together the definitive summer collection when it comes to tech-house and anything minimal. As you can see - and hear - there are 67 tracks on here, all from the very best and most coveted talent in the scene; Mark Knight features prominently, of course, alongside established house entities like Erick Morillo, Format: B, Sascha Funke, Nic Fanciulli, and many others. But, don't stop there, as there is plenty of new talent to discover in artists like SecondCity, GotSome, Marcellus Wallace, ANOTR, and many more. There are three continuous mixes available, also, one for each summer setting. This is BIG!