Gabriel & Dresden's housier sound comes through on Toolroom Records' 2nd edition of Toolroom Knights, a project that adds another layer of success to the San Francisco-based duo. G & D's other recent accolades include increased success with their own indie label, worldwide recognition for their stellar remixes, tours around the world playing top clubs and festivals, a vote in at #20 in the prestigious DJ Magazine Top 100 poll, and finally the honor of 'Best American DJ' at this year's Winter Music Conference/International Dance Music Awards (IDMA). Reflecting the underground sound of the Toolroom Knights label, Gabriel & Dresden prove here why fans and critics both have hailed them as the "future sound" of electronic music. For this selection, they are exploring a more organic and textural musical landscape for the this double-disc format, and carefully blend sounds from indie rock bands to hard Detroit-style techno.
Also, in this collection we get to hear the debut of Gabriel & Dresden's popular remix of the Killers "Read My Mind," as well as exclusive tracks such as their re-interpretation of label chief Mark Knight's (including D. Ramirez) "Columbian Soul," a fantastic dark orgasmic excursion, their remix of Monochrome "Pearl," and Shlomi Aber & Itamar Sagi's "Blonda." Overall, they have succeeded tremendously by carefully selecting tracks that encapsulate the true sound of Gabriel & Dresden -- right now as DJ's. Each CD takes you on a journey, evoking a wavering series of unique moods and emotions. They have reflected on their own effort by saying, "We knew that this forward-thinking label would be the perfect platform to release tracks that had never been heard outside a club, and capture the musical diversity and inspiration of our DJ sets."
My favorite moments on the two discs included: On disc 1 – Track 2, In the Morning - Junior Boys (Hot Chip Remix) – a poppy fun good time!, Track 3, Good For Me - Above & Beyond (King Roc Dub Mix) already a good track, but made trancier and into classic analogue, Track 6, Colombian Soul - D. Ramirez/Mark Knight (Gabriel & Dresden Tuscan Soul Reconstruction) a highly eerie nightclub version. On Disc 2 – Track 5, A Break In the Clouds / Turn On the Lights - James Holden/3PM/Christopher Norman - (Acappella) with its solid male vocals and Track 6, Eleven - Gabriel & Dresden/Scarlett Etienne a great overall male vocal trance track, as hard-hitting as they come!
I had previously learned of G & D when I heard their remixes of Marcus Schulz's material. I already knew this one would be good, but there are moments when the darkness and spiraling trance of their near perfect choice of delivery makes me shudder! Good job guys, send more soon!