Review: Judging by Toolroom's latest mammoth collection, the sound of the White Island in 2014 will be uplifting house music. Granted, there are some diversions on this compilation thanks to Eric Sneo's rattling minimalism and Doorly's jacking "Thunder Clap", but these are few and far between. Even Kelis gets in on the vocal house sound, with Breach chopping up the singer's vocals on his tracky version of "Rumble". Breach faces stiff competition from his peers though, with Tensnake turning London Grammar's "Hey Now" into an epic vocal anthem. However, the stand out contribution comes from a real veteran and MK's piano-led take on Lancelot's "Givin' It Up (feat Antony & Cleopatra)" recalling classic KMS.
Review: It sounds like Ibiza 2013 will be remembered as the year that the piano returned. At least that's the sense one gets from listening to the latest Toolroom compilation. From C2's edit of new school house act Bicep's "Vision of Love" to the trance meets old school techno of Kaiserdisco's "Night & Day", the plaintive ivory keys loom large. Of course there are exceptions, like Breach's stripped back, abrasive remix of Jamie Jones' "Tonight In Tokyo", but when even the darker tracks, like Ejeca's "Witchdokta" sampling, break beat house monster "Rosario", drops into an evocative piano break down, you know that it's the dominant sound of the season.
Andrea Calella Presents Giardini Miri - "Quanta Genti Porti" (feat Lady Fly - Kari's Midnight Sun remix) - (7:55) 118 BPM
Review: Label Worx sub label present the very best of house music emerging from the fertile Croatian scene - the eighth edition no less. The influence of UK tech house, stateside funky house and the modern sound of progressive house all make their mark on this terrific compilation showcasing the nation's youngblood. Highlights came courtesy of: DJ Kingdom on "Time To Get Down" (Jay Williams remix), Bruno Costa's terrific "Mineral" (original mix), the raw energy of Nytxpress Musiq's "Just Once" (original mix) and James Meid on "Sometime" (original mix).