Toolroom continues to stay at the top of the global house music scene
This Is Toolroom 2021
When you think about house and tech house music a few names came rapidly to mind; one of them is for sure Toolroom, Mark Knight’s own imprint that, over the years, has shaped the industry with its continues releases. Since the beginning of this month, Toolroom delivered a series of records you definitely need to check.
Toolroom Club Rave Dance
Toolroom Live returns to the dancefloor after a long hiatus with sold-out shows at London’s Ministry Of Sound and Bristol’s Motion. To celebrate the event, Toolroom returns to the clubland with a brand-new album, ‘Club Rave Dance,’ which features no less than 50 club essentials curated by Toolroom and aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Martin Ikin, Mark Knight, Volkoder, John Summit, Danny Howard, Maxinne, Nic Fanciulli, Flashmob, Latmun, Catz ‘n Dogz, Biscits, and many others are among the headliners.
‘Club Rave Dance‘ marks the return to clubland, back to where it matters most: the dancefloor, with additional full-length mixes by Flashmob & Volkoder, as well as 7 exclusive tracks.
Alex Preston – All I Need
With the Summer heat fading into the horizon and the days getting shorter, it’s starting to feel like Autumn has arrived. However, Toolroom isn’t ready to call it a night just yet, as Alex Preston returns to the label with ‘All I Need,’ a slice of cool funk goodness.
Alex Preston is a musical virtuoso and a talented electronic music producer in his own right. His productions typically feature a lot of live instrumentation, ranging from live guitar and bass to brass stabs and organ chops. In his latest single, ‘All I Need,’ Alex Preston foregoes the sunny beaches and feel-good vibe of his previous hit, ‘Love You Better,’ in favor of lush sunsets and a deeper club sound.
From the start, ‘All I Need‘ is a solid funk groover that moves at its own pace, conjuring images of late-night parties that start just as the sunsets. With its stomping beat and pumping bassline, it enters the club, followed by a driving Steve Wonder-inspired Clavinet lead. Alex stamps his mark on the record with his signature infectiously groovy guitar riff, funked-up to the max with the addition of a wah pedal for added effect.
Tim Baresko – Llego La (Inc. Mark Knight Remix)
Tim Baresko returns to Toolroom Trax with another massive release, ‘Llego La,’ which lands on the imprint label. Tim Baresko is a DJ who has been making the rounds for a while now, from guest mixing the latest Toolroom House Party album over the summer to releasing banging club tunes on labels like Armada, Defected, Sola, and Solotoko to name a few.
Tim Baresko drops an intricate mix of percussive tropical esque rhythms and deep sub-bass, laying the foundations for the track, with strong Latin vibes resonating from ‘Llego La.’ A unique flute melody that flows and ebbs throughout the record is layered on top, along with a sultry vocal melody that will reverberate in your head for hours.
If that wasn’t enough, Mark Knight is on the remix team, bringing his signature club sound to the track, turning up the heat, and kicking off the party. If you like Toolroom Trax, this is a no-brainer! A solid groove and a fresh cut of Tech House goodness! ‘Llego La’ is a must-have addition to your library.
ESSEL – Love Vibration
It’s a label debut for ESSEL, a young Liverpool-based DJ and producer who makes a big impression on Toolroom with her debut single ‘Love Vibration.’ A huge record for the up-and-coming artist who has risen through the noise at breakneck speed, turning heads and dropping dance floor heaters alike in a short period of time. ‘Love Vibration‘ is a straight-up House banger, with a stomping groove and funky bass line that will get any dance floor moving at any time.
ESSEL has had a great start to 2021, especially after the success of her hit single ‘Running‘ on Love & Other, which saw the upcoming artist gain major support from streaming services and national radio, racking up over a million streams earlier this year. From residencies at Sankeys Ibiza, Eden, and the Ibiza Rocks Hotel to releases on Love & Other, Toolroom Trax, Good Company Records, and finally Toolroom, it’s clear that ESSEL isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Is there any limit to what you can achieve? That’s certainly not the case for ESSEL, so put this one on repeat!