Continuing their policy of investing in white-hot, breakthrough talent, Toolroom Records enlist Australian DJ/producer Dirty South to provide a mix for the prolific Toolroom Knights series. After efforts from label boss Mark Knight and Radio 1 DJ Dave Spoon, the series is quickly garnering a reputation for cutting-edge mixes that push the boundaries of House music.
It would be difficult to name a new artist who has had more impact on the scene over the last couple of years than Dirty South aka Dragan Roganovic. It was 2006 and Dirty SouthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s killer remix of EvermoreÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Too LateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ that his career really began to skyrocket. The remix was easily among the yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest tracks in clubland and in addition to being licensed to over 30 compilations worldwide, the track was nominated for Ã¢â‚¬ËœBest Alternative Dance ReleaseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ at the International Dance Music Awards in Miami. Since that pivotal moment Dirty South has gone on to remix countless world renowned artists such as Depeche Mode, Mark Ronson, Tracy Thorn, Snoop Dogg, Tiesto and Roger Sanchez among many others. By no means purely a remix specialist, Dirty South has produced an impressive number of high quality EPs and singles. Ã¢â‚¬ËœLet It GoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Ã¢â‚¬ËœOpen Your HeartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Ã¢â‚¬ËœMinorityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and The Doors sampling Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe EndÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ have been all been club-smashing anthems that have received support from right across the board.
The strength of this double disc release lies with a carefully selected array of floor-destroying House tracks that have been hand-picked from a vast array of production talent from across the globe. There is a cunning blend of classic US sounds, techno and electro-influenced cuts and Dirty SouthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own releases that bubble together in a mammoth, musical melting pot.
CD1 begins in epic fashion with KemistryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remix of the Buzzin Fly classic Ã¢â‚¬ËœInsomniaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ by Rodamaal. There is an early theme of melody-rich numbers that includes Studio ApartmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m In LoveÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Gui BorattoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœAnunciaciÃƒÂ³nÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, which both set the tone perfectly for the introduction of the more full-on club bangers for which Dirty South is famed. As Samuel L SessionÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remix of Jerome SydenhamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœEbianÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rolls into the picture a little later you can feel the pressure being gradually ratcheted up a couple of notches. Dirty SouthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own track Ã¢â‚¬ËœMinorityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ blazes into the mix around the halfway point, keeping the intensity levels stoked as it does. SkylarkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miami-conquering remix of Xpress 2Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœMusic XpressÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and SolomunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœDeadmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ sit back-to-back in the home- stretch of the mix and serve as an insight into what anthems sound like past and present. The versatility of the mix is epitomized by the closing choice of James HoldenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remix of Nathan FakeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Sky Was PinkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ with its neo-trance synths and glitchy flourishes of white-noise.
Conversely CD2 is more of a straight-up peak time affair that is laced with occasional vocal numbers and accapellas that keep the flow fresh and always interesting. Kicking off with Dirty SouthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent Axwell collaboration Ã¢â‚¬ËœOpen Your HeartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ the mix immediately moves through darker musical shades than on the previous disc thanks to DubfireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s devastating remix of Booka ShadesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœCharlotteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Toolroom boss Mark KnightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remix of Dave SpoonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ88Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ is cleverly layered with an acappella version of Paul Harris & Dirty SouthÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœBetter DayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢; a deft touch that takes an already thrilling track to another level. There is an abundance of contributions from the influential Swedish House Mafia with Sebastian Ingrosso & Laidback LukeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœChaa ChaaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, Steve Angello & Sebastian IngrossoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœPartouzeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Steve AngelloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœGypsyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ all being weaved into the mix. German producer Tocadisco turns in a show-stopping interpretation of Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe EndÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to round the disc off in frenetic fashion.
Off the back of his awesome production output, Dirty South has toured extensively throughout Europe, the UK, the US, Canada and UAE in addition to numerous performances back home at AustraliaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s biggest festival events. 2008 also saw him secure an exciting monthly residency alongside Erick Morillo at Pacha, Ibiza for his legendary Subliminal Sessions parties.
1. Rodamaal Feat. Claudia Franco Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Insomnia (Kemistry Mix)
2. Studio Apartment Feat. Ron Caroll Ã¢â‚¬â€œ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m In Love (Rasmus Faber Epic Instrumental)
3. Gui Boratto Ã¢â‚¬â€œ AnunciaciÃƒÂ³n
4. DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Julz Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Just So You Know
5. Sunshine Jones Ã¢â‚¬â€œ If You WouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Mind (Tiger Stripes Remix)
6. Jerome Sydenham, Texu, Romantic Couch Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ebian (Samuel L Session Remix)
7. Mark Knight, Adam K & Soha Ã¢â‚¬â€œ From The Speaker (Original Dub Mix)
8. Dirty South Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Minority (Dirty South Remix)
9. Dagaard & Morane Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Keep It Down
10. X-Press 2 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Muzik Xpress (Skylark Remix)
11. Solomun Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Deadman
12. Robert Babicz Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Dark Flower (Joris Voorn Magnolia Mix)
13. Nathan Fake Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix)
1. Axwell & Dirty South Feat. Rudy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Open Your Heart
2. Booka Shade Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Charlotte (Dubfire Remix)
3. Style Of Eye Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Big Kazoo
4. Mark Trophy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ripper
5. Sebastian Ingrosso & Laidback Luke Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Chaa Chaa (EDXÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Marakesh Souk Remix)
6. Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Partouze
7. Dave Spoon Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 88 (Mark Knight & Funkagenda Mix)
Dirty South & Paul Harris Feat. Rudy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Better Day (Acappella)
8. Steve Angello Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Gypsy
9. DJ Aron & Sample Guys Feat. Kane Luke Ã¢â‚¬â€œ DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Feel No Shame (Workidz Minimal Fox Instrumental Mix)
10. Steve Mac & Paul Harris Ã¢â‚¬â€œ You (FPS Remix)
11. John DahlbÃƒÂ¤ck Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Pyramid (Dirty South Mix)
12. DJ Simi & DJ Marotta Ã¢â‚¬â€œ My House (David Tort Remix)
13. Dirty South Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The End (Tocadisco Loves Techno Vocal Mix)