Toolroom Knights mixed by Fedde Le GrandMarch 22nd 2010
Having discretely passed from international chart topping success with the ubiquitous ‘Put Your Hands Up for Detroit’ back in 2006, to establishing position as one of the industry’s premier DJ’s, Fedde Le Grand continues to purvey his talent to worldwide dance floors bringing his unique blend of fine House music in all its glorious forms.
Fedde’s first release on Toolroom; ‘Just Trippin’ was a huge anthem, cementing his status within the Toolroom family. Also producing under his moniker F.L.G, which allows Fedde to experiment with a more stripped-back, darker, minimal Tech House sound; he released his double A-sider ‘Amplifier’ / ‘Pink Bird’ on Toolroom last year, garnering massive attention on the dark and sweaty dancefloors of the world’s best clubs. It only seemed right that Fedde be next in line for this illustrious series.
Reflecting his world renowned DJ sets, CD1 is mixed under Fedde’s F.L.G. moniker and delivers a stripped back attitude, manifested through the deployment of varied rhythmic and skittering percussive elements. Beginning deep, in a slick and smooth style, with tracks from the likes of Solomun and Ramon Tapia, the mix lays a distinctive groove. Tracks from Noir, Saeed Younan, Joey Negro, Mark Mendes & F.L.G.’s new exclusive for Toolroom; ‘An Old Technique’ are intertwined with flowing Tech House, as F.L.G’s craft fully winds up rolling beats, and sends them marching and stomping into a field of de-tuned vocal stabs and pressure-building peaks.
You will find bouts of light tribalisms and throbbing cuts on CD2, as Fedde Le Grand finds himself on his excursion into more underground tastes; a statement that sits comfortably in the grey and somewhat surprising area between House and Techno. The inclusion of tracks such as Joris Voorn’s remix of Steve Bug’s ‘Swallowed Too Much Bass’ results in an undulating, hypnotic but ultimately highly energetic and uplifting mix. Also featuring his remix of Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’, Fedde uses tracks like Ntfo’s ‘Filter’, Mark Knight & Koen Groeneveld’s Toolroom smash ‘Put Your Hands Up’, alongside another compilation exclusive; Johnstar’s ‘Tick Tock Track’, to narrate full on Fedde Le Grand mode - a chunkier and tougher approach that indulges in epic gut-busting synth melodies.
Fedde’s mix simply inhales and exhales life, striking the right balance between refined Techno tweaks and genre-busting House music that provides a soundtrack that stimulates the ears and feet at the same time.