Federico Scavo definitely has a knack for club-ready tech house bombs, and “iRobot,” out this week on Beatport, is just the latest addition to his weaponry. The track is certainly more synth-driven and less disco than some of his other numbers, and even though his vocoded vocals aren’t quite the robots on everyone’s mind today it’ll still certainly play as a summertime anthem. This one is out now on Toolroom Records.
Hailed as one of the more eclectic forces to hit global club land of late, British house advocate Doorly drops a two-track debut for Toolroom Records. Off the back of a bass-heavy remix for Steve Aoki’s “Come With Me,” the LA-based tunesmith leads into Boom Boom Room EP in the eclectic manner we have come to expect from his scattered studio repertoire. Where “Wait Until The Morning” exercises low-end driven house with the tense vocal work of Marlo, percussive B-side “The Sleazy Drummer” juxtaposes its predecessor with sample-driven house music leaning towards the sunnier landscapes of global club land. With no sign of exposing himself to a good pigeonholing, Doorly packs a surefire standout for Toolroom’s summertime artillery.
To celebrate Toolroom Record’s 10-year anniversary, Digitalism have set out to remix “Truth” from British indie pop sensations Bloc Party. The duo’s knack for eclectic and interesting electro productions does well to transform “Truth” into a radio-friendly, yet dance-able outing with little compromise to the original’s endearing vocals. A steady four-to-the-floor beat drives the production along while robust and intricately layered synthesizers morph the indie vibes into something more suitable for a dance floor, representing yet another sound release from the dance music mainstays.
In the spirit of extending their 10th anniversary celebrations to new and exciting avenues, Toolroom Records reveal an unlikely pairing of British indie pop outfit Bloc Party with renowned remixers and refined British electro advocates, Digitalism. Bloc Party’s toe-tapping indie sensibilities have inspired a considerable wave of remixes over the years, Digitalism’s affinity for outside-of-the-box approach to the craft has not gone unnoticed. As the latest outfit to step up to the task, the duo treads respectfully across “Truth”, employing robust electro hallmarks into an offering that proves inherently radio-friendly without so much as an essence of compromised quality. Set to be followed with further remix for The Rapture’s “Sail Away” next month, Toolroom Records add another fine piece of collateral to their decade of influential club fuel with a strong indicator of the promising maneuvers ahead for 2013.
On Phunk Investigation’s latest release “Let The Bass Kick,” Toolroom Records touts a track representing the far end of the label’s tech-focused sound. Although the duo’s track uses a familiar sample, their interpretation is an arresting meld of heavy bass, punching kick drums, and appropriately placed synths. The combination of highs and lows make it appropriate for dark, sweaty warehouses and main stage audiences alike.
The much anticipated “Your Love” by Toolroom head honcho Mark Knight is finally here. In sampling Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” Knight uses a vocal effect over a deep and bouncy bassline to make what is sure to be one of the biggest tech house anthems of the summer. You may have heard this track played out over the past several months, but today you can head to Beatport to purchase your own copy and commence the heavy rotation.
From albums to globetrotting endeavors, tech house has never looked safer than in the capable hands of well-traveled Iron Curtain ambassador Umek. This month, his game is a second compilation for Toolroom Records, led by an early spoiler to set the tone for his welcome return to the label. In a spree of filtered digressions and sample work and his full-bodied grooves in full motion throughout, “Love To Dance” echoes the resilience that has seen the Slovenian heavyweight excel the more rhythmically refined shores of electronic music with consistent stamina.
Mark Knight‘s take on Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” has been bouncing around the dance music world for many months, but Toolroom has just announced an official release for what is sure to be a huge track in the tech house world. The track has been renamed “Your Love” and Toolroom has treated Dancing Astronaut to an exclusive preview clip. It’s an irresistible hybrid of driving tech bass and danceable deep house – a true Mark Knight production effort with a digestible nod to a pop favorite. Look for a full release on Toolroom Records on April 22nd.
Before he hits the decks Sunday at No Sugar Added, EDX is back with another feel good anthem for summer. Like his remix of Cazzette’s “Weapon,” EDX brings melodic chord progressions and a feel good beat in his latest original production. The type of track that can warm up any winter day with it’s light and airy progressions, “Blessed” is the perfect tune for Ibiza season. If you’re going to be in Miami this weekend, don’t forget EDX plays the Dancing Astronaut stage at No Sugar Added on Saturday, grab tickets here.
Few tracks in recent months have received as much buzz as Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight, and Underworld‘s legendary collaboration — and rightfully so. “Ten” is out today on Toolroom Records, and the combination of Karl Hyde’s spoken lyricism, the energy of a Sander van Doorn track, and the classic tech house vibes everyone has come to know and love out of Mark Knight makes for a titanic March release.