As we continue to gear up for the hustle and bustle of the Miami Music Week, Mark Knight’s Toolroom Records comes out with it’s essential, 50-track soundtrack, annually released just in time for the Miami season. Encapsulating the finest House music currently has to offer as well as Knight’s passion for bringing new blood to the forefront of Dance music, Toolroom’s Miami 2013 compilation collects a quality array of deep, tech, progressive, electro and house from across the globe. With exclusive tracks from the likes of Funkagenda, Prok & Fitch, André Sobota, My Digital Enemy, Cedric Gervais and more, Toolroom’s latest compilation brings the Miami heat seamlessly with another fine instalment of essential set weapons.
Out today on Beatport.
Toolroom Records returns after their acclaimed Miami 2012 compilation to bring us the first episode of their Ibiza 2012 compilation series. Blending melodic lead play with chunky tech beats, the imprint of Mark Knight attempts to set the tone for this year’s Ibiza season with previously unreleased music from the likes of Hardwell, Funkagenda, CaPa among others.
With Hardwell’s unexpected second coming to the label taking the headlining spot with a concoction of rolling chords and an ambiguous vocal, Sweden’s CaPa returns to Toolroom to build an impressive canvas of sturdy chord work before apexing into a Progressive offering more than worthy of Toolroom’s prestigious clubbing fraternity. Bringing resonant synths and big beats, Funkagenda presents his latest Pete Tong-approved original, still leaving room for Bass Kleph and Filthy Rich’s ‘Damage At The Disco’ to top the package with a fuse of Tyson’s more instrumentally refined House stylings with the deep groove orientated play that has excelled Rich’s reputation across Europe.
As far as Beatport topping assets by pairs go, Australia’s Stu Tyson, better known as Bass Kleph and unique British Tech monger Filthy Rich remain a collaborative force to be reckoned with. Returning to the familiar realms of Toolroom Records, their latest joint venture for volume one of the imprint’s annual Ibiza compilation deals the same enigmatic quality that we have come to associated with this multi-cultural studio get-up.
Fusing Tyson’s more instrumentally refined House stylings with the deep groove orientated play that has excelled Rich’s reputation across Europe, ‘Damage at the Disco’ stays true to its name and warps the fine disco leads with one of the finer specimens of exotic beat work to emerge for 2012. Staying true to the sun kissed mindset that takes Toolroom by storm about this time of year, Kleph and Rich are relentless in their extension of the ongoing belief that while too many chefs can spoil the broth, excessive talents can work wonders where the impending soundtrack to the Ibizan summer is concerned.
‘Damage At The Disco’ will be released on June 3 via Toolroom Records.
Words by Dan Carter
Like they well indicated throughout 2011, the Philadelphia-based Angelo Bratsis and Leon Weingrad, professionally known as Taurus & Vaggeli, hold just the right amount of production proficiency and creativity to star as this year’s essential break-through act in the Tech-house scene. Fairly recognizable from last year’s release of Lifted through Hotfingers and the single contribution, Vamos, to Funk Farm’s first compilation, Taurus & Vaggeli return in 2012 to make their debut on Chris Lake’s Rising Music label with a brilliant two-track EP at their mercy. Consisting of dark, chugging sounds and some frisky synth play upon a set of well-crafted baselines and throbbing kicks, ‘Motorpunk’ takes the spot as the headliner for Rising’s premiere release of 2012 while the not-as-unique collaborative effort alongside Filthy Rich with a notable groove induction and robust tech beats rounds the ”Transporter” EP off as its significant B-side.
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.
With the stunning I Want You EP under his belt, Leeds-stationed Filthy Rich returns to Toolroom Records and its subdivision Leaders Of The New School to drop a massive compilation, consisting of a whooping 34 top-class tech tunes from My Digital Enemy, Ant Brooks, Bass Kleph, Prok & Fitch, Sonny Wharton and Rich himself among others! The Summer is approaching and I’m certain of the fact that some of these tracks will be a brilliant weapon on beaches across the globe, not to talk about the House mecka – Ibiza.
/Jesper & Anton
The Aussie producer Bass Kleph teams up alongside Filthy Rich dropping their defined house production called These Mornings. It was at first supposed to be released on February 9th through Defected but was unexpectedly released yesterday through Azuli Records, check it out!
/Jesper & Anton
The Aussie producer Bass Kleph teams up alongside Filthy Rich preparing a new release on Defected Records called These Mornings. It’s due to be released on February 9th, have a listen!
Presenting Toolroom Records and Leaders Of The New School, Filthy Rich releases a three-track lounge tech EP delivering a emotional swing building onto the era of tech house with this unique EP, check it out!
With the combined talents of a Toolroom Knight – Filthy Rich – Beatport rising stars for 2010 – Prok & Fitch – and Space Ibiza’s best loved resident – Jonathan Ulysses – super British ensemble Union Jackers deliver an African tinged beast for Toolroom Trax’s 92nd outing in the form of Yambo.
Another amazing EP from the Swedish DJ/producer John Dahlback. With this many productions on the way I thought they would lower the standard of the tracks, but no! Olympia is my favourite in this one – a pure progressive sound with a beat to die for, check it out!
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