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.
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 email@example.com 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.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.
Following Wednesday’s announcement that Pasquale Rotella and Allen Shapiro from Dick Clark Productions are teaming up to produce a dance music awards show comes more exciting TV-related news from EDMBiz. Another partnership has formed, this time between media company OneBeat and multi-platform network Music Choice. The newly formed twosome plan to bring TV programming with a focus on dance music to cable TV.
While we’ve seen sprinklings of dance music’s inclusion in the mainstream media — including major network television channels like MTV– it’s been sparse and often surface level. OneBeat and Music Choice hope to change that trend with over 24-hours of content. Viewers can expect lifestyle, character based, and artist profile shows including: You Should Know Me By Now, Road Trippin, and Themantics. Artists and labels whose inclusion has already been announced include: Armin van Buuren, Steve Angello, Skrillex, Art Department, Hardwell, Porter Robinson, Pete Tong, OWSLA, Size, Toolroom, Armada, and Om Records.
The content is scheduled to become available for free to cable subscribers nationwide beginning on July 1st and runs until August 11th.Posted by
Despite staying relatively under the radar over the course of his career, Matteo DiMarr has continued to make solid connections in dance music in the last twenty years or so. From Toolroom to Size Records and side projects in between, Matteo returns for this summer with a two hour mix full of tech house power jams. He likes big drums and he likes powerful percussions, so if you’re down — buy his ticket and take the ride.
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.
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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.
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.
While we continue to mark off days in our calendars in anticipation of this year’s Miami Music Week, so do all of dance music’s top record labels. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s compilation season. Toolroom Records throws down the gauntlet with not only 50 Beatport tracks, but 20 exclusives. There are three continuous mixes — offering up styles of house music for every taste. There’s the Poolside Mix, the Club Mix, and of course an Afterclub Mix to round it out. You’ll definitely notice some DA favorites on this list: Funkagenda, Mark Knight, Nicky Romero, Maya Jane Coles, Dannic, Shadow Child, Sander van Doorn, Andre Sobota, Umek — the list goes on. The best part is Toolroom has uploading the entire compilation to YouTube and you can stream them all in full right now.
Official video and more details drop about legendary collaboration between Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight, and Underworld
The landmark collaboration between legendary acts Mark Knight, Sander van Doorn, and Underworld dubbed “Ten,” fittingly represents the ten-year anniversary the Toolroom imprint has arrived at this year. The coming together of these iconic names is an occasion worth noticing. If you look back on the 2009 conjoint between Mark Knight, D.Ramirez and Underworld on “Downpipe” — a song that is fastened into the abyss of dance music history — then you can understand the value of adding Sander van Doorn’s production prowess to this milestone release. The track is set to release exclusively on Beatport on April 3rd. Jump past the break to catch the official video. (more…)Posted by