LEFTI - "Toolroom House Party Vol 4" (Mixed By LEFTI) - (1:17:37) 125 BPM
Piero Pirupa - "Toolroom House Party Vol 4" (Mixed By Piero Pirupa) - (1:16:06) 126 BPM
Maxinne - "Toolroom House Party Vol 4" (Mixed By Maxinne) - (1:20:15) 125 BPM
Review: An outlet for both unreleased and exclusive music from the label's family members alongside rising talents, this is the fourth instalment of Toolroom's popular 'House Party' series. Featuring standout releases from Mark Knight's label plus the scene's biggest imprints, with highlights coming from: industry heavyweights Nic Fanciulli & Andrea Oliva on the slinky "Medium Rare", the inimitable Yousef with the pounding acid of "Save Me" (feat. Molly Green), legend Todd Terry with TCTS on the boompty bounce of "Get Freaky" and UK tech house hero Seb Zito delivering the peak time stomper "Don't Stop". As if that was not enough, there are also three continuous mixes by scene stalwarts such as Lefti, Piero Pirupa and label staple Maxinne.
Review: Despite living in the quaint Southern Irish countryside, Johnny Pluse releases a consistent stream of internationally flavoured urban breakbeat. He's released both solo albums and albums with his band, the Stormtroopers Of Love over the past few years and little did we know that the latter's recent The Skanky Town EP was actually a taster for yet another LP! Well here it is, Dos Tonas, and its boasting 16 party jams to enjoy. Beyond the EPs earlier tracks highlights include the Fatboy-goes-to-Kingston vibes of "Talking About The!" and the speedy DnB skank of "All The Best Now".
Review: While many of the expansive reissues on Defected's 4 To The Floor sub-label have focused on U.S house hits, here they serve up a genuine UK house classic: original Junior Boys Own anthem "There But For The Grace of God" by Terry Farley and Pete Heller under the Fire Island guise. Their cheery, sing-along soulful house original version (the "Live 'n' Funky Mix") comes accompanied by pretty much every remix there's been to date. Amongst the highlights are a bustling U.S garage dub by Roger Sanchez, a sublime ten-minute vocal take by Joey Negro, a wonderfully loved-up "Super-Dub" by X-Press 2 (which, funnily enough, reminded us of Black Science Orchestra jam "Save Us") and a thrillingly muscular, Sound Factory-friendly dub by Farley and Heller under the alternative Roach Motel alias.