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).
Electric Love (Eli Escobar remix) - (6:39) 127 BPM
Ghosts (Jay Shepheard remix) - (6:06) 128 BPM
I Should Know (Alex Neri remix) - (9:02) 126 BPM
Emma (Fred Falke remix) - (8:02) 126 BPM
Tonight (Above & Beyond remix) - (7:53) 128 BPM
Pressure (Sultan & Ned Shepard mix) - (8:15) 126 BPM
Days Go By (continuous DJ mix) - (1:17:45) 128 BPM
Review: According to London label New State, Paul Harris and Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas have really enjoyed the process of putting together Days Go By (The Retrospective). They have gone back over their work and picked out some of their favourites over the years - a whopping 18 tracks, 19 remixes and a continuous mix by Harris. Speaking of the remixes: the Dumont & Wagener remix of "Human Love" gets onto an emotive and Balearic tinged trip, the remix of "Electric Love" by NYC house hero Eli Escobar remix gets well funky, and the always impressive Parisian Fred Falke delivers a typically neon-lit rendition of "Emma" from several years back. Along the way, while searching through music, video and photographic archives it has brought back lots of memories for the duo - and given them new energy and inspiration for their future music plans.
Review: Some 12 months after the original album was released, Dirty Vegas' Photograph gets the remix treatment, with a bumper selection of heavy-hitters contributing fresh interpretations. Naturally, it's a suitably dancefloor-focused affair, with most of the reworks dragging the London trio's radio-friendly originals further towards club territory. Highlights include a cheery, funk-fuelled rub of "Let The Night" by Sharam Jey, a deliciously sun-kissed, dub-fuelled tweak of "Setting Sun" by veteran Balearic types Afterlife, a throbbing, big-room friendly dirty house take on "Northern Town" by band member Paul Harris, and a suitably large, electro-tinged tech-house remix of "Save A Prayer" by Luca Guerrieri.
Review: When it comes to blending classic disco and bumpin' peak-time house, few can match Joey Negro - a man who has been offering up disco-fied house jams since the early '90s. There are naturally plenty of his own tracks and remixes on "Put Some Disco In The House", an expansive collection of quality disco-house moments, with highlights including the rolling disco-boogie heat of "Put The Music On It (Original Disco Mix)", the chunky, walking bass-propelled "Dancing Into The Stars" (with Horse Meat Disco and Angela Johnson) and a slamming rework of Sessomato's jazz-funk flavoured "Moody". There's plenty of heat to be found elsewhere, too, with standouts including JKriv and Adeline's "Vertigo", Opolopo's boogie-tinged revision of Sylvester classic "I Need You" and the spiraling disco pump of Yam Who and Jaegerossa's "Grateful".