Review: Holland's Shipwrec label has been on an unstoppable roll since 2015, and the label just keeps on delivering new and impressive music of all sorts shapes and sizes. Releases from Edman, Drvg Cvltvre or Delta Funktionen have given the label a distinctive electro feel, but this new mini LP from The Void Pointers offers something more abstract and aurally involving. From "Function" though to "Memcpy" and "Deference", there is a cold and misty presence that fails to wither away into thin air. Instead, the EP manages to retain a concrete shape and sense of direction among the hollow patterns of drone.
Alex Preston - "Toolroom Poolside 2020 - Mix 01" (Mixed By Alex Preston) - (1:19:30) 122 BPM
Alex Preston - "Toolroom Poolside 2020 - Mix 02" (Mixed By Alex Preston) - (1:19:07) 125 BPM
Review: Toolroom's Poolside annual returns for 2020 in a big way, welcoming Alex Preston to the Toolroom Family, who has hand picked the finest in house and disco across two continuous mixes, including essential cuts and exclusives from industry veterans and newcomers alike. Highlights comes from Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak who become right disco Stus on "Aftersun", boss man Mark Knight shows us exactly what uplifting house truly sounds like on the massive "If It's Love" featuring Laura Davie & The Melody Men, as does label staple Weiss on the joyous funky house of "You're Sunshine". Elsewhere, Robsoul head honcho Phil Weeks gets loopy on his typically jazzy kind of something called "Good To You" and the mandatory banger comes from legends Green Velvet & Technasia on the funked-up "Suga" while a classic comes in the form of Sterling Void's "It's Alright" (DJ Spen & Reelsoul remix).