- Review - Toolroom Knights mixed by Umek
Read original review here: http://www.missspentyouth.co.uk/2011/03/review-toolroom-knights-mixed-by-umek/
If you’ve been hiding at the bottom of a dark, damp soundless chasm you might have missed the boundless Umek sound-machine as it steam-rolls the earths clubs and radio waves. But lets face it – why would you want to miss a sound so celebrated, strong and diverse?
This month, the Slovenian techno-titan has teamed up with Toolroom Knights to bring us ‘Toolroom Knights mixed by Umek’.
2010 was an exceptional year for the Slovenian artist and 1605 record label boss Umek. Widely regarded as one of the most influential players in the global techno scene and a true pioneer of forward thinking electronic music, it was a year that saw him pack out the biggest clubs and land numerous download chart topping releases including ‘Back In The Race’ and ‘OMGWTF’.
Consistently creating a cutting edge sound that continues to evolve and remain at the forefront of an ever shifting market, Toolroom are delighted to announce Umek as the next DJ to preside over the latest in our Toolroom Knights compilation series.
Featuring no less than 8 album exclusives, 36 carefully selected tracks in total and 2 superb DJ Mixes, Umek doesn’t hold back as the gauntlet is laid down for a twisted, fast paced techno masterclass. So, fasten your seatbelts and brace yourself for an aural onslaught that will leave you battered, bruised but begging for more…
Groove is the word as CD 1 kicks off with some crucially funked up beats, inching the column with heavy house-vibes in the form of ‘NY Funk’ from Oscar L and Matteo Dimar & Adam K’s ‘Tweak’. Techno is never far away though and make no mistake that this first CD includes some crisp and unrepentant techno sounds to see you along the journey to resonant heaven.
Koen Groeneveld’s ‘Rudder’ and ‘CVR’ imbue his unique dark, electronic bedlam making way for the percussive talents of D-Becker with wooden warrior, ‘Not Against’ and some of the freshest, club demolishing tracks to hit dance-floors in the past few months including Funkagenda’s ‘Astana’, Michael Woods’ electro-injected ‘Nitro’ and the relentlessly tough and beat-perfect ‘Raise Me’ from Spartaque (VitaliyBabiy ).
Throw in two chunky percussive trail-blazing tracks ‘Dominion’ from Three-Sixty, with it’s jabby synth hook and Dean Newton’s ‘Kuraitani’ which brings big, choppy sounds and a climbing lead that literally warps your brain. CD1 rounds off on a well maintained high-note with Christian Fischer’s ‘GTX Drift’ serving up a portion of seriously bouncy beats of a techno disposition.
CD2 bounds straight into a house-trip of epic proportions bulging with funky house grooves to snap at your ears and demand your undivided attention. Uto Karem’s ‘Utopolys’ and Gary Beck’s ‘Get Down’ are two seriously groove-filled house tracks, using vocal cuts and dynamic, summery beats to scintillating standards, thus defining the energy you can expect of the rest of the album. We just love the kinetic drive that builds as the tracks progress, delivering an all encompassing, hard-hitting party vibe.
Three special Umek productions are selected and added to the mix to heighten your sonic gratification, ‘Dead Space’ with Phntm – a brisk, latin infused, tech-laden power-trip. An Uto Karem remix of ‘Novi-Sad’ and ‘Sarajevo’ a big bass floor-spanker employing waves of vocal samples, phazing pads and huge electro-synth components to build a satisfying intensity.
Pitched as ‘A journey through the world’s finest house music’, ‘Toolroom Knights mixed by Umek’ not only celebrates the vast expertise of Umek as a DJ and maven producer in his careful and genius track selection, technical ability and artistic capacity. It also demonstrates that his propensity for techno, fresh sounds and quality house music create a flavoursome combination that has long proven his deserved place in the EDM hall of kings.
Diverse musicality is the key that makes this album worth listening to again and again. Take a turn on the dark side of house!
1. Umek – Intro 1
2. Oscar L – NY Funk
3. Matteo DiMarr & Adam K – Bum Bom
4. Kiko – Tweak
5. Alex Kenji – My Oscar
6. Koen Groeneveld – CVR
DJ Tonio – Buzz Buzz
7. mar-C & Kobbe – You You You
8. Koen Groeneveld – Rudder
9. Mike Spaccavento – That’s Done It
10. D-Becker – Not Against
11. Denis Underground – Nice Evil
12. Funkagenda – Astana
13. Da Fresh – That Body
14. Spartaque – Raise Me
15. Elay Lazutkin – Ibiza
16. Michael Woods – Nitro
17. ThreeSixty – Dominion
18. Dean Newton – Kuraitani
19. Christian Fischer – GTX Drift
1. Umek – Intro 2
2. Uto Karem – Utopolys
3. Gary Beck – Get Down
4. Hertz & Subway Baby – Exterminine
5. Mike Vale – Rising Up
6. Umek vs PHNTM – Dead Space
7. Umek – Novi Sad (Uto Karem Remix)
8. Austin Leeds – Leibowitz
9. Jon Rundell – Flex
10. Butch – XTC (Riva Starr Cut)
11. Umek – Sarajevo
12. Hertz – Red Ryder
13. Christian Cambas – The Robospanker
14. Phunk Investigation – Wall Of Sound
15. Just’n Toko – Let Me Dig
16. Weekend Heroes – Fear Factor
17. Christian Smith – The Price Of Freedom
18. Traumer – Rolling Life
Check out our in-depth Umek interview! Umek Interview part 1 & Umek Interview part 2