Almost a year after their fresh re-branding effort, Toolroom Records have been putting out a steady stream of innovative and exciting tech house from a variety of old and new faces. With Mark Knight at the helm, Toolroom has solidified its role as a bastion of the genre and has upheld a high standard for the rest of the genre. In celebration of how far the label has come and what listeners can continue to expect, Toolroom has released T1. A compilation comprised entirely of collaborations it features old faces (Mark Knight, Green Velvet, Prok & Fitch, etc.) alongside new ones (Jamie K, Secondcity, Thee Cool Cats, etc.) We’ll look at a couple of our favorites from this stacked release that proves just how much we continue to love Toolroom.
Weiss & Harry Romero’s “Let Me Show Ya” definitely wins the best new take on vintage sounds award on this comp. Sounding like a fuzzy filtered edit of a disco track, “Let Me Show Ya” is unabashed House. The wide watery synths feel fun and bouncy while some disco strings and a catchy vocal hook make for super fun, feel good listening. One of the more slept on tracks of the compilation with the least amount of plays on soundcloud, make sure you file this one under “Secret Weapons” in your digital crates.
Next up we have the closing track to the compilation, Jamie K & Thee Cool Cats’ “One TIme.” A weird cross between tech and G-house, this track has a fat bassline and an uber cool attitude. Two new rising talents at Toolroom, Jamie K & Thee Cool Cats show just how bright the future of the label can be. “One Time” is definitely a hopeful note to close out the compilation on.
But wait! Last but not least, we have the instrumental version of Green Velvet & Technasia’s Beatport Chart-topper “Suga.” Its amazing how much you can change the mood of a track through a subtle tweak like removing Velvet’s catchy vocal. The twangy guitar driven groover feels just a little bit sunnier and relaxed as it rolls through each drop. Definitely one of the strongest tech house tracks to come out this year if you haven’t already grabbed a copy, now’s the perfect opportunity to do so.