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 Southâ€™s killer remix of Evermoreâ€™s â€˜Itâ€™s Too Lateâ€™ that his career really began to skyrocket. The remix was easily among the yearâ€™s biggest tracks in clubland and in addition to being licensed to over 30 compilations worldwide, the track was nominated for â€˜Best Alternative Dance Releaseâ€™ 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. â€˜Let It Goâ€™, â€˜Open Your Heartâ€™, â€˜Minorityâ€™ and The Doors sampling â€˜The Endâ€™ 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 Southâ€™s own releases that bubble together in a mammoth, musical melting pot.
CD1 begins in epic fashion with Kemistryâ€™s remix of the Buzzin Fly classic â€˜Insomniaâ€™ by Rodamaal. There is an early theme of melody-rich numbers that includes Studio Apartmentâ€™s â€˜Iâ€™m In Loveâ€™ and Gui Borattoâ€™s â€˜AnunciaciÃ³nâ€™, 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 Sessionâ€™s remix of Jerome Sydenhamâ€™s â€˜Ebianâ€™ rolls into the picture a little later you can feel the pressure being gradually ratcheted up a couple of notches. Dirty Southâ€™s own track â€˜Minorityâ€™ blazes into the mix around the halfway point, keeping the intensity levels stoked as it does. Skylarkâ€™s Miami-conquering remix of Xpress 2â€™s â€˜Music Xpressâ€™ and Solomunâ€™s â€˜Deadmanâ€™ 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 Holdenâ€™s remix of Nathan Fakeâ€™s â€˜The Sky Was Pinkâ€™ 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 Southâ€™s recent Axwell collaboration â€˜Open Your Heartâ€™ the mix immediately moves through darker musical shades than on the previous disc thanks to Dubfireâ€™s devastating remix of Booka Shadesâ€™s â€˜Charlotteâ€™. Toolroom boss Mark Knightâ€™s remix of Dave Spoonâ€™s â€˜88â€™ is cleverly layered with an acappella version of Paul Harris & Dirty Southâ€™s â€˜Better Dayâ€™; 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 Lukeâ€™s â€˜Chaa Chaaâ€™, Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrossoâ€™s â€˜Partouzeâ€™ and Steve Angelloâ€™s â€˜Gypsyâ€™ all being weaved into the mix. German producer Tocadisco turns in a show-stopping interpretation of â€˜The Endâ€™ 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 Australiaâ€™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 â€“ Insomnia (Kemistry Mix)
2. Studio Apartment Feat. Ron Caroll â€“ Iâ€™m In Love (Rasmus Faber Epic Instrumental)
3. Gui Boratto â€“ AnunciaciÃ³n
4. Dâ€™Julz â€“ Just So You Know
5. Sunshine Jones â€“ If You Wouldnâ€™t Mind (Tiger Stripes Remix)
6. Jerome Sydenham, Texu, Romantic Couch â€“ Ebian (Samuel L Session Remix)
7. Mark Knight, Adam K & Soha â€“ From The Speaker (Original Dub Mix)
8. Dirty South â€“ Minority (Dirty South Remix)
9. Dagaard & Morane â€“ Keep It Down
10. X-Press 2 â€“ Muzik Xpress (Skylark Remix)
11. Solomun â€“ Deadman
12. Robert Babicz â€“ Dark Flower (Joris Voorn Magnolia Mix)
13. Nathan Fake â€“ The Sky Was Pink (Holden Remix)
1. Axwell & Dirty South Feat. Rudy â€“ Open Your Heart
2. Booka Shade â€“ Charlotte (Dubfire Remix)
3. Style Of Eye â€“ The Big Kazoo
4. Mark Trophy â€“ Ripper
5. Sebastian Ingrosso & Laidback Luke â€“ Chaa Chaa (EDXâ€™s Marakesh Souk Remix)
6. Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso â€“ Partouze
7. Dave Spoon â€“ 88 (Mark Knight & Funkagenda Mix)
Dirty South & Paul Harris Feat. Rudy â€“ Better Day (Acappella)
8. Steve Angello â€“ Gypsy
9. DJ Aron & Sample Guys Feat. Kane Luke â€“ Donâ€™t Feel No Shame (Workidz Minimal Fox Instrumental Mix)
10. Steve Mac & Paul Harris â€“ You (FPS Remix)
11. John DahlbÃ¤ck â€“ Pyramid (Dirty South Mix)
12. DJ Simi & DJ Marotta â€“ My House (David Tort Remix)
13. Dirty South â€“ The End (Tocadisco Loves Techno Vocal Mix)