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: Compilations label LW Recordings have been releasing ADE collections in various genres since 2012. This year's batch include this 25-track collection that spans multiple different shades of house, from the ultra-deep vibes of Mr Squid's 'Saffron' to the sweary Teutonic tech of Raiwa's 'Start With You', and from Aetius Boutefoy's Afro-soul jam 'Auwa' to G.E.N.I's jazzy, meandering 'Ethel', with lashings of deep melodic bizniss along the way - Rogier Dulac's 'Just A Dream' is vocal Ibiza prog at its dreamy, floaty best. Appearances by Demarkus Lewis and Marco Bottari aside, the emphasis is on newbie/up-and-coming producers rather than big names, but there's no doubting the quality on offer - or the value for money!