If you ever play any tech-house at all in your sets, this mega-value package is pretty much essential
There's certainly no faulting the value for money on offer when it comes to Toolroom's contribution to the ADE 2019 sampler pile! With 70 tracks plus two (86- and 78-minute) DJ mixes for less than a tenner, if tech-house ever comes anywhere near your sets, you'd be a mug not to at least give this a listen…
Of course, the very thing that makes the album such a good bet for buyers, also makes it a reviewer's nightmare. By the time you're halfway through you've already forgotten what the first ten tracks sounded like, and if you were hoping for a full blow-by-blow review here you're gonna be sorely disappointed cos Toolroom Amsterdam 2020 would be out by the time we'd finished! Besides, such detailed investigation isn't strictly necessary: you already know what Toolroom records sound like, generally speaking, and there's little here that would necessitate a radical revision of your preconceptions.
Instead, suffice to say that what you get are three score and ten tuff and tuff-ish house jams, operating mostly in the tech-house arena with occasional forays into more funky/soulful/vocal territory, all of which are designed with Saturday night booty-moving purposes in mind. And move booties they certainly will, because Toolroom wouldn't be one of the world's leading house labels if they didn't have an ear for what works out on the floor. As, of course, do the likes of Umek, Mason, Piemont, Hector Coutu, Wheats, Sidney Charles, Wally Lopez, Max Chapman, Catz N Dogz, Huxley, Alan Fitzpatrick, Dirty Vegas, Will Clarke and Weiss – all of whom are represented here.
If you're a bedroom DJ looking for a hefty injection of tuneage without much outlay, here are 70 prime cuts that weigh in at nearly 7.5 hours, while for non-DJs who want the convenience, Silash & Doppe and Mendo have both made fine jobs of their respective mixes, giving you nearly three hours' worth of continuous casual listening. Either way, it's hard to argue.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 11 October
Review Score: 9
Tags: Toolroom, Amsterdam, ADE 2019, compilation, sampler, Silash & Doppe, Mendo, Umek, Mason, Piemont, Hector Coutu, Wheats, Sidney Charles, Wally Lopez, Max Chapman, Catz N Dogz, Huxley, Alan Fitzpatrick, Dirty Vegas, Will Clarke, Weiss