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“The (Toolroom Knights) club nights, based around the label’s and Mark’s distinctive sound will bring the underground sound of Toolroom Records to the overground, hosting parties at key venues across the UK and Europe, creating a unique party atmosphere that so many ‘nerdy label-nights’ lack. This is a night that will push the musical boundaries of a scene that often fails to recognise new talent exposing leaders of the new school!”
What a treat for Ottawa, those with their ear to the ground picked up tickets for only $15 online and got well worth their dollar in the newly redesigned underground Sotto. After a solid 2 hour opening set by resident King Louis, Mark Knight took over the decks at midnight, and treated the full house to a set filled with high energy crowd pleasers, and some more progressive pieces that are characteristic of his live performances.
Knight started on a darker note including tracks like Dubfire’s Grindhouse remix, but quickly crossed over to a lighter mood and threw in his remix of Florence & The Machine’s You’ve Got the Love and Deniz Koyu’s Tung! to keep building the energy up. These were followed up with a couple bass heavy bangers like his collaboration Conscindo with Wolfgang Gartner and Fedde Le Grand’s Metrum. The vibe was perfect from the big group fist pumping in front of the DJ booth to the intimate VIP section and the selection of elevated booths lining the perimeter of the club. Of course the crowd ate up one of 2011′s biggest tracks, Avicii’s Levels which made it’s way into Knight’s set before his own epic rendition of Let It Go Insomnia. Following his 2 hour set, Knight stopped for a quick photo op with his fans, and took off to Montreal for his 5AM performance at Circus After Hours.
For the closing set, Sotto resident Etienne Ozborne transitioned seamlessly into a groove of high energy house beats that kept the dance floor bumping well past 2AM. You can find Etienne at his new residency on Rehab Sundays at Flamingo. You can also hear Etienne’s sounds on the Sotto podcast.
Keep your eye out for more “in-the-know” parties at Sotto in the near future.