When Toolroom Records said they were going to see their tenth anniversary off in style, few could doubt that Mark Knight and co. had something special in the pipes. Having already called upon Armin Van Buuren to resurrect “Downpipe” earlier in the year, Knight and Funkagenda’s “Man With Red Face” is the next sentimental house classic to be revisited by none other than Dutch heavyweight Hardwell. Young Robert Van De Corput has enjoyed near-unparalleled success on both the live circuit and digital market of late. For his remodel of this well-preserved classic, that viral festival primed aptitude is not lost. Full-bodied synths and big room energy in motion, this respectful yet boisterous remix opens the floodgates even further on Corput’s universal capabilities. The original may still sound timeless on the modern club floor, but a 21st century re-imagining from Hardwell is the icing on the cake where his most prolific year to date is concerned.
You’ve heard the arguments, seen the disgruntled tweets – perhaps even pondered the Beatport chart in your own time. Whichever way you look at it, few genre handles have been as widely discussed and challenged as that of progressive house. Be it the historic workings of such British pioneers as John Digweed and Sasha or such vocal genre advocates as Eric Prydz, its reign upon the modern dance floor has often been misunderstood, but never truly shaken in spite of the commercial overhaul.
A melodically refined concoction of upfront euphoria and strong melodic composure, the sound has often been referenced as a bastard child of both trance and underground techno, but has continued to sail on the merits of providing an aural canvas as powerful as it is provocative. Perhaps one of the most subtle and artistic sub-handles to evolve from days of more uplifting focus, its pioneers have continued to adapt a “less-is-more” mantra that firmly separates it from the pounding kicks and two-tone synths now dominating the digital market. The waters may have muddied where the coinage of this genre is concerned, but a select handful of artists have remained true to its overarching values, offering enough encouragement to the fact that despite the abundance of commercial electro house being falsely attributed to it, progressive house still has its share of well-versed disciples. Dancing Astronaut digs deep to showcase the artists keeping this often-misconstrued genre alive for 2013. (more…)Posted by
Released in 2009, Toolroom Records’ “Downpipe” has become one of the label’s most iconic tracks. A collaboration between labelhead Mark Knight, electro house producer D.Ramirez and the legendary Underworld, the track has held its own over the years, getting airtime at the world’s largest festivals, radio shows, and even the London Olympics. Now given a rebirth as a part of Toolroom’s Anniversary Remixes campaign, the label invited Adrian Hour, Bontan, and Armin van Buuren to put their own spin on the classic. Armin’s remix doesn’t quite transform tech house into trance, but rather keeps the essentials of the original while emphasizing the synth melody, downplaying the vocal and smoothing out the beat into a more progressive sound. With three new artists bringing their own genres to the classic, the entire remix package will be released August 19th.
Two days after being named Toolroom Records‘ Artist of the Week, UMEK has released a massive remix through the imprint that has honored him. Amidst Toolroom’s tenth anniversary celebrations comes a mid-week release revisiting one of its classics. Reviving Fedde Le Grand‘s “Metrum,” UMEK allows the original’s melodic breaks to resonate but digs deeper for the chugging percussion and chord design. Once (and still) a dance floor destroyer, Toolroom’s Artist of the Week finds the space to bring even more contagion to “Metrum” with a deep house induced rhythm.
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Before Fedde Le Grand had captured a festival-rocking sound and unleashed it along with the likes of “Rockin N’ Rollin” and “No Good,” he had flaunted his nightclub sensibilities with a handful of productions that have since been hailed as classics. Turning back the clock to 2011, Fedde dropped “Metrum” on Toolroom Records as a tune that has since served as the lifeblood of his live sets. Two years later, that record is being revisited upon the tenth anniversary of its parent imprint. In the hands of Umek, “Metrum” has been transformed and the chugging, beat-driven contagion has been taken to new heights as a dance floor weapon.
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After clobbering dance floors with his last Toolroom release, Dannic is back and igniting another bomb. The young Dutch superstar’s latest single for the label takes banging buildings to a higher octane with an energized melody and wide bass. Technically sound and highly flammable, “Ignite” shows the producer to be no flash in the pan success. Sure to add another chart-topper to an already glowing discography, the follow up to “Clobber” has been unleashed and is available to the public.
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The reign of Ontario’s latest best kept secret, Giddy, has been one of sparing, yet promising footsteps. For his Toolroom Records debut, “Losing Myself’, the American breakout pitches spaced-out deep house with a strong melodic core, something of a refreshing twist the genre. Set to drop on volume two of the label’s annual Ibiza compilation, Canada can boast yet another asset looking to shake things up for 2013. Peep the preview below and stay posted for news of the official compilation release. (more…)Posted by
With the massive hit “Clobber” already under his belt, Dannic returns to the Toolroom Records imprint for his latest high octane club output. Aptly titled “Ignite,” Dannic’s latest fires on all cylinders as it redlines through explosive synthwork and catchy hooks, a fuel injection system of crisp percussion and big room sensibilities. Destined for peak time dominance, the Revealed Recordings emissary has certainly found his footing with “Ignite” lighting the fuse for another Beatport Top 10 takeover and a secondary explosion in his already red hot career. “Ignite” will be available via Toolroom Records on July 3rd.Posted by
When it was released last year on Toolroom Records, Hardwell’s grooviest track to date, “Three Triangles,” epitomized the Dutch producer’s studio prowess – silencing any doubts that the Revealed Recordings head honcho was only capable of big room or electro productions. Standing firm as both a peak time phenom and a genre-divergent talent, Hardwell gives his bouncy tech house tastes the patented mash up treatment, installing REM’s “Losing My Religion” vocals over the shuddering synthwork of “Three Triangles.” Michael Stipe’s iconic vocal sample may have found its presence in a bevy of mashups before this but none have sat quite as well as Hardwell’s rendition.
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DJs Chus & Boris have worked together in the past, and this time the two house titans hand over, “Soul of a DJ,” a release on Toolroom Records. Chus (of Chus & Ceballos) and Boris have both independently made great names for themselves over the years in advancing Balearic and New York house sounds respectively, and the combination of their production talents seem to be a perfect merger of these two sounds. “Soul of a DJ” is tech house at its core, but does not ignore its most basic tribal, latin, and techno influences. They also owe a tip of the hat to Roland Clark on vocals, who provides a testament to the core tenants of a DJ’s mantra. The package is out on Toolroom on June 12th, and includes a remix from Tony Dee & Hollen.