Ministry of Sound

The Annual 2007 (EMI)

Like all of Ministry of Sound’s annual compilations, this was released in the waning days of last year, but the title alone makes it a natural choice for the first review of the new year. And if UK-flavoured, Dido-esque, trance-based club anthems are your cup of E—er, make that tea—what an album this is! For those looking for headliners, you’ll find heaps among these 40 non-stop pumping tracks (Roger Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold, Basement Jaxx, BeatFreakz), as well as more than a few licks lifted from songs to keep old-schoolers like myself amused (“Party All The Time”, “Tarzan Boy”, “Layla”), but regardless of who’s spinning the mix, these discs are just chock-a-block with strong dance beats. Ministry of Sound has a long and well-respected track record when it comes to club compilations, and Annual 2007 is no exception. If your New Year’s Eve didn’t have enough get-up-and-boogie, just slip this double-disc on your stereo and be prepared to dance for the next couple of hours. Just don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

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