If you think things couldn’t get hotter, then you have no idea what’s coming next on Toolroom. Label founder Mark Knight returns with his most anticipated release yet for 2022 and this time it’s a truly special occasion as Mark enlists Dance Music royalty Armand Van Helden for their debut collaboration, ‘The Music Began To Play’.
An artist who needs no introduction, Grammy nominated Armand Van Helden is one of dance music’s most revered figures, with a career spanning 30 years and a vast discography which includes hits such as 90’s classic ‘You Don’t Know Me’ to his seminal hit ‘My My My’. His productions and sound have certainly transcended the confines of Dance Music, influencing mainstream popular culture. With a list of collaborations spanning Dizzy Rascal to Steve Aoki, not forgetting one half of Duck Sauce with turntable wizard A-Trak, Armand Van Helden has a reputation as one of House Music’s finest producers.
On a roll already this year, Mark Knight has firmly cemented both himself and Toolroom back into the club with a string of collaborations in 2022, from ‘You Are A God’ with James Hurr and Cari Golden to ‘What I Need’ with RETNA, Mark seeks to continue this trend with ‘The Music Began To Play’. Kicking off with a hard-hitting, thumping House groove and electrified bass line that drives the record hard, pushing the mix to the absolute limit. Before dropping into the track’s golden moment, sampling the 1979 classic Disco cut ‘I Don’t Need No Music’ by T.J.M, a gem of a record and one that encapsulates both Mark and Armand’s love for classic cuts. Together, ‘The Music Began To Play’ is an instant classic in the making, masterful work from two of House Music’s finest showing us how it’s done.