The Toolroom head honcho sings the praises of U2, Maxwell and… Michael Bublé.

The first time you heard electronic music?

My introduction to electronic music was through the Street Sound Electro compilations in the 80s. That was a truly groundbreaking series.

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What’s your favourite ever record?

The Maxwell track ‘Ascension (Don’t Ever Wonder)’ from Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite is my all-time favourite. It was also the first dance at my wedding.

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The guaranteed floor-filler?

My mix of Florence and the Machine’s version of ‘You’ve Got The Love’ usually works pretty well.

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The guilty pleasure?

It has to be Michael Bublé. Especially at Christmas!

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The last track of the night?

I’ll go for my track with Funkagenda, ‘The Man With The Red Face’, or U2’s ‘With or Without You’ – possibly one of the best songs ever written, and what a sentiment to leave people with!

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The best chillout record?

There’s a pretty cool track by the Finnish group Husky Rescue called ‘New Light of Tomorrow’. It’s from their first album, Country Falls.

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The soundtrack to a lazy Sunday afternoon?

I’ll go for Roy Ayers’ ‘Everybody Loves the Sunshine’ but I could choose anything soulful from the 80s. That’s really where my heart is musically.

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The future classic?

‘The Fear’ by Ben Howard will be a massive hit this year. It’s the 2012 equivalent of Florence & The Machine.

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Mark Knight presents the Toolroom Knights podcast weekly on iTunes. / /

24th June, 2012


  • While I realise even the greats sample heavily, it really annoys me how Mark Knight can pass Man with the Red Face off as ‘his’ track when really it’s purely a remix / re sequence of Laurent Garnier’s track of the same name.


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