Review: Toolroom Live 01 is a behemoth. At 61 tracks large, inclusive of three continues DJ mixes, this new concept by Toolroom, as they say, is to highlight key artists, present new tracks, and give their fans a taste of the live experience. On here there's music from Harvey Mckay, Gary Beck and Maison Sky, to Bat For Lashes, Hot Since 82 and label owner Mark Knight, and if you're looking to grasp the Toolroom Live concept (and other oddities you might not expect), while getting some bang from your buck, this release is a well informed start.
Review: Fans of true vintage UKG can now rejoice as here we have an unusual set-up featuring the best work of '90s garage producer Teebone, mixed in an hour-long set by 2-step hero DJ Pied Piper. It's a fast and furious romp too, with no less than 30 tracks squeezed in. Highlights include the unmistakingly British garage anthem "Fly Bi" featuring MC Kie and MC Sparks, the deep 2-step cut "Sweat (mix 1)" and the raw, underground beats of "London Sum Ting".
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!