“Show me you can write records that stand the test of 10 or 15 years. That’s what I’m looking for. I can see through everything else,” Mark Knight so sagely stated of his A&R vision for his label in a 2018 interview with EDM All Day. But he’s also one to put his money where his mouth is, paving the way for the talent he so voraciously scouts.
The Toolroom Records figurehead and tech-house guru’s tracks may not always fit EDM’s flavor of the week, but they consistently withstand the temporal litmus test Knight holds so central to his production pedagogy. Releases like his “Conscindo,” his collaboration with Wolfgang Gartner, would fit just as well in sets today as when the tech-driven colossus was set forth nearly a decade ago. The UK-based producers newest single, “The General” follows suit, uniting the proven and true fundamentals of the club-slaying genre, like an orchestra of percussion, and infectiously room-filling risers with a commanding Latin vocal sample, resulting in a meaty house track with no expiration date.
The house-storic label also just began rolling out Toolroom Statside, wherein Knight and co. will be kicking off residencies in US house music meccas like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington DC. More information and tickets are available here.