Accomplished British house duo Prok & Fitch return to Toolroom Records this month with their inaugural Toolroom Knights compilation instalment. To commemorate their inauguration to the series, Dancing Astronaut unveil three of the album’s five new original cuts ahead of its official release. Brand new collaborations come alongside My Digital Enemy and Filthy Rich, with Marco Lys providing a tech-fuelled remodel of “Freakshow” proving the icing on the cake for this divine collection of material. A celebration not only of European dance music, but the ongoing stamina that Toolroom has pumped into this long serving genre, these three cuts offer a promising snapshot of a duo still blazing the trail in the name of ‘proper’ house music.
Release date: November 18
Having primed the state of underground house music with volume one of his Boom Boom Room EP series back in May, British trailblazer Doorly is back with the second instalment in this already revered series. Off the heels of affirmative vocal offering “Rush,” the LA-based talent returns to Toolroom Records with another two-fold offering of eclectic club music for the left-of-field sound system. Kicking off with the stripped back grooves and focused sample work of “I Want You To Dance,” Doorly immediately strikes up a first-class exemplar for minimalistic club fuel done right. Rae and Davos are then added to the equation for “Can’t Stop,” a fluid and perhaps more characteristic set-piece of the deep yet melodic penchant this British house maverick has looked to perfect of late. Second time around, the Boom Boom Room serves up two of Doorly’s most distinct bombs to date, reaffirming the belief that there are few global assets capable of holding a flame to his creative stamina on the digital market right now.
EDX makes a long overdue return to the ranks of Toolroom Records with his fourth original single for the label “Hyped.” At the folding of the label’s tenth anniversary celebrations, this renowned Swiss melody maker returns armed with a powerful follow-up to March’s “Blessed” that plays true to his penchant for powerful yet stirring progressive anthems. Still able to cut keys, leads and melodic progressions like few of his generation, this uplifting original ascends with graceful stamina, enveloping into a scaled-back drop that against the cultural norm, opts for subtlety over festival-primed stamina. At a time when everyone wants a piece of the progressive bandwagon, EDX’s proven track record does not go unheard. A set-piece for the quality and composure now available to the craft, “Hyped” emerges as one of his most accomplished assets by a melodically charged mile. (more…)
Slovenian tech house monger Mike Vale is taking a break from his affirmative action for Stealth Records this month, donning a brand new original to Toolroom Records amid their tenth anniversary celebrations. Having blazed the summer trail with “Closer To Me” alongside Lissat & Voltaxx back in August, “Elements” is a firm reminder of the strength this breakout continues to bring on his own terms. Heavy on the grooves and sparing on the lead work, this percussive banger furthers the trend for thoroughbred house music leaping back into the popular domain that Mike Vale has continued to consistently fuel. (more…)
In line with his recent inauguration to Toolroom Records renowned Toolroom Knights compilation series, fast-ascending Dutch talent DANNIC unveils a brand new original to ornament this considerable career landmark. Having balanced ongoing affairs with Revealed Recordings for “Rocker” and more recently turned his hand to The Wanted’s “We Own The Night,” Dan Romers hold on the peak time skyline was unlikely to be disputed at the final quarter of 2013. “Bring The Funk,” however, is enough to bruise any misconceptions that this young Dutch trailblazer has rested upon creative laurels in the face of global admiration. In an amalgamation of sharp lead work and strong melodic progressions, DANNIC adds eclecticism to an otherwise seamless track record at the tail end of his most independent and accomplished year on record.
Now at the tail end of their tenth anniversary celebrations, Toolroom Records unveils the latest cut from head honcho Mark Knight alongside esteemed Italian tech house veteran Stefano Noferini. For their debut collaborative stint, the European duo clashes musical heads to form a straight-up techno offering of maximal impact. A cataclysm of intimate melodies and relentless grooves, “That Sound” veers from an otherwise deeper and more peak time orientated shift in the label’s diverse sound scope. For Knight and his Italian peer, this quality cut is business as usual from two of Europe’s more consistent floor fillers. For Toolroom Records, “That Sound” proves that even a decade down the line, this tool shed project from Maidstone maintains a versatile hold on the pulse of modern dance music.
LA-based Briton Doorly is back on Toolroom Records with the eagerly anticipated successor to his debut Boom Boom Room EP earlier this year. Playing closer to his professed house roots, this long awaited original opts for functionality over complexity for his second coming to the label amid its tenth anniversary celebrations. For the most part, “Rush” is a welcome re-imagining of the key-driven vocal house anthem. At a time when nostalgic turns too often replace genuine innovation, the constant juxtaposition of low end lead work and Soraya Vivian’s full-bodied top line more than secures Toolroom proof of their ongoing influence upon the development of modern house music. This may be one of Doorly’s more timid affairs to date, but with remix duties from Groovebox, Rory Lyons, Pete Griffiths and Tough Love opening the floodgates even wider, “Rush” is one of 2013’s more gleaming installments of vocal dance propriety. (more…)
From his breakout spree of the British club circuit to his now North American home-from-home, Doorly’s reign upon the digital market has been a genre-defiant affair. He debuted on Toolroom Records with volume one of the Boom Boom Room EP series back in May, returning four months down the line to boldly trample the lines of the classic and the commercial. A clash of classic house key work and deeper melodic apexes, “Rush” benefits significantly from employing Soraya Vivian’s vocal assets, forging a radio-friendly club offering without a hint of the cheese factor. Accompanied by further remix duties from Tough Love, Rory Lyons, Groovebox and Toolroom’s own Pete Griffiths, Doorly remains a most comfortable and versatile component to a label with its finger still firmly kept to the pulse of modern house music.
After making waves earlier this year by releasing “Three Triangles (Losing My Religion)” on Toolroom Records instead of his own Revealed Recordings, Hardwell has been named Artist Of The Week by the Mark Knight imprint and has shared a mini-mix to celebrate. Kicking off the mix with his rework of “Man With The Red Face,” the 30-minute mix features all four of the dance floor destroyer’s Toolroom releases as well as some more recent favorites. A 6-track snapshot of the phenom that is the #6 DJ in the world, though the mix is currently only available to stream, several of the featured tunes can be found on the Toolroom Ten compilation. Grab your copy here.
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In continual celebration of Toolroom Records tenth anniversary this summer, the label is offering a unique opportunity to spend a day in the studio with label head Mark Knight. Entering is quite simple — you must answer the question: What track is Mark most proud of producing? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org with Studio as the subject line. Toolroom has even given us the tip that the answer to the question may be found in the video interview above. Click here for more details.