In the year Toolroom turned 15 years old, 2018 has also marked some serious musical milestones for the label. Possibly THE stand-out house record of the year, Weiss’ ‘Feel My Needs’ dominated every single dance floor this summer, and gained BBC Radio 1’s daytime status. The imprint has also seen 2018’s biggest Beatport number 1, with CamelPhat’s enormous remix of Fatboy Slim’s seminal ‘Right Here, Right Now’. To mark the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love, Toolroom re-released a true House music anthem in Sterling Void’s ‘It’s Alright.’ And boss man, Mark Knight, offered a slew of impeccably-produced, club-ready anthems, including the the Brazilian vibes of ’Selecao’.
This year they’ve also welcomed a new host of acts to the extended Toolroom Family. Booka Shade offered the deep and melodic ‘Papua Beach’, while Friend Within has joined the fray with the ubiquitous, summer-tinged ‘Lonely’. Exciting newcomers Wheats, Wh0, Kured and Siege have burst onto the scene, and releases from the likes of Eli Brown, Dosem, Danny Howard, ATFC and Leftwing:Kody have kept the relentless quality levels that Toolroom is known for.
As they look forward to the future of the label, it felt right to have Illyus & Barrientos front and center of this album. Making a first for the label, they’ve handed over the mixing rings of ‘Best of 2018’ to House music’s most refreshing and exciting duo. Bringing passion, energy and bundles of enthusiasm to their DJ sets.