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Toolroom family values at Eden

Bringing friends and relatives together on Sundays.

Nothing reflects the vibe of the night more than those hands-in-air, vocal anthems that stick long in the memory. More than other labels, Toolroom has a habit of churning these types of tracks out on the regular.

Down the years it has provided some certifiable Ibiza tunes: Man With The Red Face (2008), Downpipe (2010), Your Love (2013) and Alright (2015) to name a handful.

These timeless records are still capable of moving dance floors years - even decades - after their release. Not much has changed, it seems. Toolroom is still consistently releasing music that contends for the coveted title of track of the summer, tracks that will stand the test of time.

The opening party at Eden on Sunday night was no stranger to these big tracks. The house music empire started by brothers Mark and Stuart Knight has been built on a foundation of love for music and family values.

Keeping it in the family - we knew we'd hear lots of music from the artists and the label. Let's take a look at the ones that made the most impact on the dance floor.

Toolroom tracks

Whilst the 23:00 opening signalled ambition, initially only a few hundred revellers gathered on the dance floor. Fortunately, it didn't take long for the masses to arrive. By 01:00 the whole venue was ready to party - as were the DJs.

Illyus & Barrientos | Shout - played by Illyus & Barrientos

Bi-national two-piece Illyus & Barrientos wound up the ante after following Martin Ikin. Within seconds on jumping on they had whipped the crowd into a frenzy.

A set littered with their remixes and productions had many high points, but Shout was a particular treat.

Weiss | Let Me Love You - played by Leftwing : Kody

Weiss's massive Feel My Needs was one of the most played tracks of 2018. Well, the master of the hook has done it again with his latest effort.

This time sampling soul diva Kariya. After taking over from Hannah Wants, Leftwing : Kody needed a big opener - and he went for this one.

Leftwing : Kody | I Feel It by Leftwing - played by Leftwing : Kody

Having started with a Toolroom track, Leftwing : Kody decided to end on one as well. This time it was his own recent outing on the label, bookending a raucous 60-minutes.

Dido | Give You Up (Mark Knight Remix) - played by Mark Knight

At one point it looked as though Mark Knight might miss his own party thanks to a rogue USB stick. Technology, eh? But you can't keep a good man down.

Later than advertised, but keen to make up for the lost time, the boss opened on his new Dido remix.

Wheats | Original Rebel - played by Mark Knight

With the entire club popping, the Toolroom boss went for it. His next monster track was this one from Wheats from late last year. Wheats himself would be appearing next.

We also witnessed great sets from Martin Ikin and Hannah Wants. Ikin was on spuriously early given his profile. Given how stacked the line-up was, somebody was always going to play early.

Playing a lot of his own material, he refused to stifle his style, firing-off bass-filled bombs that rattled the room. Equally, Brum-girl Hannah Wants took things darker and had pulses racing with a heavy set full of bangers.

Of course, it wasn't exclusively Toolroom music that was on display on Sunday night. We also heard amazing tracks from Solä, Etiquette, Hot Creations and fellow Eden incumbents Defected records.

Be sure to subscribe to our Toolroom Ibiza playlist on our Spotify channel. Here we'll be listing only music we've heard whilst in attendance, making it an accurate reflection of what the party is all about.

Since the very beginning, Toolroom has thrived on a philosophy based on family values. It is, in their own words, the down-to-earth approachable label.

The party series looks set to adopt those same principles, with a warm welcoming embrace from the second you arrive.

Paramount to the success of this season will be Toolroom's ability to mobilise San Antonio's crowd - including its large British workforce.

Tracing back branches of the family tree, last night's guest Hannah Wants and weekly resident Maxinne are themselves both former seasonal workers.

Engaging in initiatives such as the live A&R feedback for bedroom producers and the inclusivity-driven #WEARELISTENING campaign are two such tools to achieve this.

One minor gripe we had was the meagre one-hour set time that each act was allocated. That said, all of the artists brought their A-game and rose to the occasion, making the most of their hour.

Already, we can see a sense of community building around Toolroom. It's these special touches that bridge the fan and artist divide, creating a bond. We can see many more Sundays to come spent in the presence of family and friends on Eden's dance floor.

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