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Still tending to the flames of volume one, Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records imprint return to dig deeper into the Balearic vibes for round two of this year’s Ibiza compilation series.

Led by the imprint’s trusty Italian resident Alex Kenji, his remix of Full Intention’s ”Don’t You Feel It” musters considerable Ibizan energy courtesy of its simple yet stirring key work and groovy percussive swings, while Sweden’s Adrian Bood and Robin South dig deep with a solid collection of stern melodic manoeuvres for their take on John Dahlback’s ‘Phoenix’. With Zoo Brazil and RNS bringing the more refreshing sounds, Mark Knight & Martijn ten Velden and Rene Amesz & Ruell round off yet another momentous collection of Ibiza contenders with cuts of more traditional proportions.

In a firm reminder of the nostalgic values that the White Isle still musters throughout the industry, volume two of Toolroom’s Ibiza 2012 compilations bring the Mediterranean heat seamlessly with another fine instalment of essential Balearic gems.

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Full Intention – Don’t You Feel It (Alex Kenji Remix):

John Dahlback – Phoenix (Adrian Bood & Robin South Remix):

Zoo Brazil – New Blood:

RNS – Mosca:

Rene Amesz & Ruell – The Glimmering:

Mark Knight & Martijn ten Velden – Morena:

Following on from the May launch, Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records unleash episode two of their new Toolroom TV concept, where the crew wing Stateside for this year’s Miami Winter Music Conference.

Toolroom catches up with BBC Radio 1’s Heidi and DJ Sneak at DJ Mag’s annual pool party at Shelborne Hotel before chit-chatting to Russia’s Nina Kraviz about her album, men and how she got into producing. Label regular Alex Kenji talks a bit about his Miami Music Week experience this year and Eddie Halliwell shows us the city of Manchester, with Funkagenda and Sander van Doorn revealing bits about their respective collaborative efforts alongside Mark Knight. Lastly, Toolroom speaks briefly with label head Mark Knight before heading back to London for an exclusive interview with Fedde le Grand ahead of his takeover party at the legendary Ministry of Sound nightclub.

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Fresh off the mark from his impressive Spinnin endeavour ‘Leo’, Parisian House perfectionist Norman Doray looks set to increase his lead amid the global House explosion with a highly-anticipated remix for Kaskade and Skrillex. Extending his own Big Room antics to the groove-led canvas of the stunning original, Doray brings a positive force to the equation but fails to touch on the same groundbreaking realms as his American peers. But laced in emotive lead work and consistent energy from the outset, his hard-hitting flare of positive club beats is still a satisfying mark amid the ascent that will see him frequent Las Vegas and add yet more high-profile festival spots and releases for the remainder of a year already rife with his universally acclaimed talent.

Following the January release of ‘Acid As 303‘ alongside fellow partner in crime Manuel De La Mare, Italy’s Alex Kenji joins Norman Doray on the remix duties for Kaskade and Skrillex’s much talked about ‘Lick It’. Preserving the original’s ever so catchy sound, Kenji adds an array of dynamic and well-oiled tech beats for something closer to an edit rather than actually keeping things remix-y.

Kaskade & Skrillex – Lick It (Norman Doray & Alex Kenji Remixes) [Ultra Records] – Beatport Link
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Kaskade & Skrillex – Lick It (Norman Doray Remix)

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As the Italian House scene continues to engulf vast shores and clubs alike, 303 ring leader Alex Kenji is joined by fellow countryman Federico Scavo for a much-needed injection of unpretentious European club fuel. Pitting subtle keys and instrumental samples against the familiar House grooves this duo have continuously perfected, ‘The Funk Is Alive’ certainly isn’t the duos funkiest endeavour to date, but what it lacks in overall energy it makes up for in solid production values and infectious lead play throughout. Having scaled the globe with a sound as distinct as Kenji’s, this collaborative effort beckons a digression from the atypical Progressive House anthems that are doing the rounds and replaces it with the sun kissed groves that are sure to fuel the approaching summer season.

Alex Kenji & Federico Scavo – The Funk Is Alive [Hotfingers Music] – Beatport Link

Words by Dan Carter

Led by the timeless sound of acid-house, Manuel De La Mare and Alex Kenji combine forces for a superb tribute to the Roland TB-303 synthesizer, from which this phenomenal sound derives. Though it’s unveiled as the first release in 2012 for Mark Knight’s beloved Toolroom Records, this collaborative effort form two prominent powerhouse’s within tech-house is more of a validation to the permanent and classic force that is acid-house supplemented by sharp kicks and slick drum combinations rather than a modern trend-setter of a record. Clearly emphasizing the statement many House music aristocracts have been witnessed uttering over the past decade, ‘Acid As 303′ is certainly an outing that allows people to look back on the early 80’s and the inception of acid-house as a phenomen that, more than 20 years later, still is regarded as an unremitting sound.

Manuel De La Mare & Alex Kenji – Acid As 303 [Toolroom Records] – Beatport Link

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Led by the timeless sound of acid-house, Manuel De La Mare and Alex Kenji combine forces for a superb tribute to the Roland TB-303 synthesizer, from which this phenomenal sound derives. Though it’s unveiled as the first release in 2012 for Mark Knight’s beloved Toolroom Records, this collaborative effort in between two prominent powerhouse’s within tech-house is more of a validation to the permanent and classic force that is acid-house supplemented by sharp kicks and slick drum combinations rather than a modern trend-setter of a record. Clearly emphasizing the statement many House music aristocracts have been witnessed uttering over the past decade, Acid As 303 is certainly an outing that allows people to look back on the early 80’s and the inception of acid-house as a phenomen that, more than 20 years later, still is regarded as an unremitting sound.

‘Acid As 303′ is released January 23rd.

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Although it may by now be near to impossible to outshine the tremendous Alesso remixPressure gets a solid remix treatment from one of the finest talent clubland currently has to offer – Tim Mason. Making his debut as a DJ and producer of Steve Angello’s Size Records with The Moment in April, the ascension of this young Brighton resident has made some serious impact on progressive-house music lately. Bringing out an extensive bundle of hit remixes on I Can’t Help MyselfSolid GroundWhere Them Girls AtAfter and Open Your Eyes as well as having one on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Otherside still in the wait for official release through Warner Music’s dance department, One More Tune, this year, the looming advancement of Mason continues as he makes a go at one of 2011’s most renowned tracks in the view of the aforementioned take from Alesso – Nadia AliAlex Kenji and Starkillers‘ Pressure.

Adding his sweepy and synth-tinged lead and a momentous array of baselines onto of the trenchant vocals from Libya’s well-reputed Nadia Ali, Mason is out with a new offering through Strictly Rhythm as his follow-up to ‘The Moment’, entitled Anima, is yet to come out on Size Records. His towering trademark crescendo and discreet yet crucial underlayers along with the voice of Ali, which gracefully glides upon the progression capable to cause any body shiver, come together in a way where every piece of the puzzle complements each other in unison.

Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Tim Mason Remix) [Strictly Rhythm] – iTunes Link
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Although it may by now be near to impossible to outshine the tremendous Alesso remix, Pressure gets a solid remix treatment from one of the finest talent clubland currently has to offer – Tim Mason. Making his debut as a DJ and producer of Steve Angello’s Size Records with The Moment in April, the ascension of this young Brighton resident has made some serious impact on progressive-house music lately. Bringing out an extensive bundle of hit remixes on I Can’t Help MyselfSolid GroundWhere Them Girls At, After and Open Your Eyes as well as having one on Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Otherside still in the wait for official release through Warner Music’s dance department, One More Tune, this year, the looming advancement of Mason continues as he makes a go at one of 2011’s most renowned tracks in the view of the aforementioned take from Alesso – Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji and Starkillers‘ Pressure.

Set for release on November 21st via Strictly Rhythm is this new progressive anthem. Basing his sweepy and synth-tinged lead and a momentous array of bass lines on top of the surpassing vocals from Libya’s well-reputed Nadia Ali, Mason sets a new offering on the horizon as his follow-up to ‘The Moment’, entitled Anima, is yet to come.

RIP from Thomas Gold’s latest mix at Club FG Radio

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Like last year’s escapades are Toolroom now embellishing the Fall of 2011 with the second issue of their characteristic Amsterdam Dance Event compilation. Having the fifth anniversary of their Toolroom Knights shows in full swing and a year of countless triumphs behind them, the Maidstone-based release platform comes off months of spectacular endeavours that includes the releases of DJ Boris’ I Can’t Wait, Fedde Le Grand’s Metrum and So Much Love singles and Mark Knight’s own Beautiful World and the charitably released remix on You’ve Got The Love to present us the massive, new compilation, which comprises a whooping 10 previously unreleased hit singles from numerous wildly recognized producers.

The headlining position falling into favour of label honcho Mark Knight and Manuel De La Mare’s Snapshot, made up by the highly-prosperous and popular fluctuation in between big room synth chords and twisted, but solid tech beats, the distinguished John Dahlback also returns to the label for the follow-up to the single from Toolroom’s first Ibiza compilation this year – Work It Out. Having defined himself as a producer of the highest notch with his throbbing and uniquely knitted records, Dahlback shows his skillful and creative production ability yet again as the progressive chord array of Phoenix is released as the more harmonic piece of the Amsterdam-tributed, tech-dominated collection of anthems.

Brought back to fire away a 2011 rework out of his tremendous drum and piano-driven Marsch Marsch single from last Fall is Thomas Gold, whom is currently riding on the infectious wave of positive vibes from his recent Alive single alongside Dirty South. Ever the mastermind of club gems, the rise of Gold, that was initiated with the launch of What’s Up (with Alex Kenji) in post-summer of 2010, has literally been indispensable. Merely a few months after his aforementioned instalment on Spinnin Records, the inspiring German could proudly showcase his release marathon that included nothing but full-on hits such as Areena, AGORa, the remix on We Want Your Soul and the Toolroom piece, which is now well on its way back to make another go at a pole positioning on the charts. Not only was 2010 a complete and utter success for the golden producer, but as this year was kicked off massively with the outing of his monstrous remix on Blow Up with Axwell, the expectations from all progressive-house heads as to whether his talent was sufficient enough to establish him amongst the very forefronters of clubland. And now, a bare 8 months and prominent remixes of Lady Gaga’s Judas, Reach Out and Set Fire To The Rain later, Gold contemporizes one of his first break-through singles which is still being supported strongly by the likes of the entire Swedish House Mafia into a killer cut, hard to equal. Having the storming and long-anticipated Sing 2 Me release coming up on Axtone, the Disney-inspired drum lines and common synth filled chords are pulled out and back in the game.

To round off the Toolroom’s essential 2011 pick in preparation for the Holland festival in late October, Koen Groeneveld provides his Dutch tech twist with Richard Dinsdale instilling some disco tinged house. Stefano Noferini, D Ramirez, Rene Amesz, Filthy Rich and Alex Kenji cover the groovier side of Toolroom to complete a peerless package of huge ADE hits and future chart-toppers.

Toolroom Records – Amsterdam Dance Event 2011 Compilation – Beatport Link

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Coming off releases such as the Pete Tong-supported Nostromo and Manuel De La Mare’s remix of Nimbus, Hotfingers Music is back to unleash a catchy track named Just 4 You. Two of Italy’s very finest tech producers come together to follow up on Acid Monks, Magic Tag and Scavo’s remix of Back To The Dancefloor with a groove of refined disco sounds that is Just 4 You. Federico Scavo and one of the co-owners of Hotfingers, Alex Kenji, are firing away a superb array filtered disco vocals, tones from the 80’s and an infectious vibe, make sure you don’t miss out on this one!

Federico Scavo & Alex Kenji – Just 4 You [Hotfingers Music] – Beatport Link

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