Mark Knight | Toolroom Knights (Toolroom)

cd_knight.jpgMinistry of Sound is the Mecca of house music, not only in the United Kingdom but across the globe.







For some, Ministry of Sound may be a new name in music. For others, especially for dedicated clubbers, it is the Mecca of house music, not only in the United Kingdom but across the globe. When it first opened its doors in September 1991, it was obvious Ministry of Sound—also known as M.O.S. or simply "Ministry"—was not just another London club. The brainchild of James Palumbo, it was envisioned as an outlet for house enthusiasts to come together face-to-face with some of the world’s most famous house DJs.

Established in a former downtown London bus depot, Ministry of Sound quickly became a phenomenon. Since its inception 17 years ago, it’s become not only a massive, international venue, with additional venues in Singapore and Egypt, but also a worldwide brand. In addition to its venues, the Ministry brand has established itself as a massive global empire, bringing house music to the masses via radio, internet, albums, and worldwide tours that have launched DJs into the forefront of house music in every corner of the globe.

In 2004, after securing his residency as one of Ministry’s most popular DJs, Mark Knight acquired his own record label, Toolroom Records, as a means of supporting and producing his own music. The success of that venture resulted in the procurement of several other DJs under the label. One album periodically released by the label’s various resident DJs is Toolroom Knights; the soundtrack to the Toolroom Knights parties hosted by Toolroom Records at clubs around the world. This time around, Knight is taking his turn at deck. He has handpicked several of his own personal mixes in addition to tracks from some of the world’s most popular DJs across the U.S., U.K., and Europe into this two-CD set.

Depending on what type of house music you’re a fan of this compilation may or may not be for you. The first disc consists of lounge-inspired house tracks with a more instrumental influence and bare minimum lyrics. The type of music you might hear in the background at a lounge or upscale nightclub. The sound is pretty laidback, a real contrast to the second CD. Those who love the sound of subtle repeating beats and strong beats in general will find solace in Knight’s efforts.

The second disc will find you amongst more hard, continuous beats set for the preferences of more hardcore clubbers. Again, lyrics are pretty much nonexistent at this point and focus heavily on the monotonous beat. The album is top of the line for those hardcore clubbers who enjoy house at its finest, but for those who just like a wicked remixed track with more words and a repetitive but varying beat, this one’s definitely not for you. Clubbers more fond of remixed tracks from Ministry artists such as Paul Oakenfold, 4-Strings, Sharam, Fedde Le Grand, or Eric Prydz will be hard pressed to find a beat they like on this album. B | Jennifer Manjarez

RIYL: Pete Tong, Deadmau5, Dirty South

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