Various Artists - Clubbers Guide to 2010, mixed by Axwell, Hook N Sling & Anna Lunoe

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These Ministry of Sound mixes seem to get bigger and bigger with every release. This one is a three-disc set, with a total of sixty three tracks, but the time can’t be far off when we’re being offered the twenty-disc deluxe edition with free inflatable DJ and bonus fold-out nightclub. One problem with having so many tracks is that it all becomes a little hit and miss, and on occasions you kind of feel like you’re drowning in a sonic soup of mediocrity. Saying that, you’re also guaranteed some monster tunes, given the licensing power of the Ministry behemoth, so things pretty much balance out. If you don’t buy into the naked commercialism of these releases, then there’s nothing on here likely to change your mind, but for those of us that enjoy a healthy dose of mainstream dance, there’s lots to sink your teeth into.

Hook N Sling takes control of mixing duties on the first disc, but it all plays out a little erratically. I’m fine with the towering remix of Miami Horror’s Sometimes that kicks things off, but then the remix of Dizzee Rascal’s take on the house classic Dirty Cash (Money Talks) is way off target, and the Bingo Players’ take on Nomad’s classic (I Wanna Give You) Devotion seems utterly pointless. If you like that glitchy electro stuff that sounds like someone dragging their nails down a blackboard, then you’ll love the tracks from the Stafford Brothers, SonicC and Boris Dlugosch, but for me it’s just aural torture. Forget waterboarding and electrocution, the US government should play this to those pesky terrorists. In fact, if they play this 24/7 over the mountains of Afghanistan, they’ll flush out Osama in no time. Fortunately, the mix picks up and shifts into more straight-up house territory a little further in. Mark Knight’s Flauta Magica powers along on a tribal-inflected groove, while Stuart Price sprinkles his Thin White Duke remixing fairy dust over Muse’s Undisclosed Desires, and proves he’s still got the magic touch, turning the track into a surging slice of electro-house. I’m in love with Sharam’s Patsy Cline sampling, Kid Cudi featuring She Came Along at the moment, although the Alex Kenji remix on here is a little disappointing, and the same can be said for the whole disc really.

Disc two is mixed by Anna Lunoe, and put simply, it’s superb. A real party vibe ripples throughout the entire mix, with Lunoe throwing together all manner of sounds. Little bits of house mesh with indie, handfuls of electro fuse with funk, and snippets of pop nestle alongside disco. The mix commences in great style with a glowing remix of Florence + The Machine’s Rabbit Heart, and then the fantastic old-school rave stylings of The Requesters’ Strong Love represent the first of many weird but wonderful left turns. A couple of cool electro cuts from Crookers and Green Velvet maintain the flow, but just as you’re settling into that, some gloriously funky grooves come along in the form of Toecutter’s Best Party Ever. Given that it’s hardly a new track, you might be scratching your head at the inclusion of Armand Van Helden’s aNYway, but Lunoe places it in the mix perfectly and it still sounds great. The driving rhythms and crazy vocal inflections of Fake Blood’s Fix Your Accent are just insane, and the powering funk of Cassian’s Friday Night lifts the mix to another level. A-Trak turns in a solid remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Heads Will Roll, and there’s a surging, piano-driven remix of Little Boots’ Earthquake. The shimmering remix of Marina and the Diamonds’ I Am Not a Robot is just exquisite. This is a stellar effort from Lunoe, and it’s easily the best disc of the three. The whole mix is a pleasure to listen to, not one single track outstays its welcome, and you never find your interest waning.

The third disc comes mixed by Swedish house superstar Axwell, and as you’d expect, it’s a solid collection of quality melodic house and electro that contains some great moments. A bouncing remix of La Roux’s I’m Not Your Toy sets the ball rolling, and quality tracks from Laidback Luke, Prok & Fitch and ATFC sustain the uplifting house flow. As it’s his mix, I can forgive the inclusion of Axwell’s own Leave the World Behind, but I’m pretty sure this track has had its moment in the sun, even if it is in the form of a new remix on here. TV Rock’s anthem-like In the Air is a bit of a guilty pleasure, and the subtle electro groove behind John Dahlbäck’s Autumn is hard to resist. The mix hits an atmospheric, melodic high point with Steve Angello’s trance-like Monday, and Adrian Lux’s sublime Teenage Crime, with a delicate vocal, a simple guitar riff, and layers of rolling synths fused together to form a really beautiful tune. The acapella of Bag Raiders’ Shooting Stars over Ridney’s At Night works well, and Dennis Ferrer’s sparse yet hypnotic tribal-infused workout Hey Hey is just fantastic, its stark simplicity proving blindingly effective. The mix draws to a close in fine fashion, with the dark intensity of 2000 and One’s Spanish Fly flowing into the uplifting synth washes of Paul Thomas & Myke Smith’s Waterfall, which updates the old Atlantic Ocean classic.

With a few too many of the recent Ministry releases, I’ve found myself fighting through an awful lot of substandard material just to get to the odd diamond or two. Pleasingly, this reverses the trend, and contains loads of great tunes. Anna Lunoe’s disc is a particular highlight. Put it on at your next party and the place will be rocking. If there’s one small criticism of the whole package, it’s that there are a few repeats of tracks that appeared on the Annual. Ministry obviously want to get value for money from the tracks they’ve licensed, but I can imagine that purchasers of both releases could be a little annoyed. All up, this is well worth checking out, and the huge amount of music spread over the three discs means there’s pretty much something for everyone.

Tracklisting for Clubbers Guide to 2010:

Disc One – Mixed by Hook N Sling
1. Sometimes (Hook N Sling remix) – Miami Horror
2. Dirtee Cash (Nick Galea remix) – Dizzee Rascal
3. Devotion – Bingo Players
4. Nite Time (Kevstar remix) – Jean Claude Ades vs. Lenny Fontana (feat. Tyra Juliette)
5. Speaker Freakers – Stafford Brothers (feat. Seany B)
6. Stickin – Sonic C
7. Bangkok – Boris Dlugosch
8. The Rusty Pig – Joe & Will Ask?
9. Drop – Union Jackers
10. Flauta Magica – Mark Knight & Funkagenda
11. Boogers (Avicii remix) – MYNC Project & Harry Choo Choo Romero
12. Undisclosed Desires (Thin White Duke remix) – Muse
13. Lose It – Chris Special
14. Got 2 Get Up (Avicii remix) – mrTimothy (feat. Inaya Day)
15. Hypnotised (main club mix) – Hook N Sling (feat. Johnny Blake)
16. She Came Along (Alex Kenji remix) – Sharam (feat. Kid Cudi)
17. In The Music 2010 (Cristian Marchi remix) – Deepswing
18. Aftershock (Can’t Fight The Feeling) (Chuckie & Silvio Ecomo remix) – Chuckie
19. Pong (extended mix) – Wippenberg
20. (Who?) Keeps Changing Your Mind (Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox remix) – South Street Player
21. Crack Whore – Prok & Fitch Vs Filthy Rich
22. Vocal Chords – Claude VonStroke

Disc Two – Mixed by Anna Lunoe
1. Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Switch mix) – Florence & The Machine
2. Strong Love – The Requesters
3. No Security (Bart B More remix) – Crookers (feat. Kelis)
4. Everybody Wants – Green Velvet (feat. Kid Sister)
5. Best Party Ever (Shazam remix) – Toecutter
6. anyway – Armand Van Helden & A-Trak (pres. Duck Sauce)
7. Console – Tom Starr
8. Fix Your Accent – Fake Blood
9. Well Now (Savage Skulls remix) – Jesse Rose
10. Friday Night – Cassian
11. Heads Will Roll (A-Trak remix) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
12. Keep It Goin’ Louder (Diplo remix) – Major Lazer
13. Right Hand High (Kingdom remix) – Kid Sister
14. Earthquake (Clap Mike Amour remix) – Little Boots
15. I Feel Something (Two Fresh remix) – Q45 & Kato (feat. Miss Purple)
16. Nightmoves (The Aston Shuffle remix) – Lost Valentinos
17. Boys & Girls (David E Sugar remix MS edit) – Martin Solveig (feat. Dragonette)
18. Seven (Crookers remix) – Fever Ray
19. Lies (Alex Metric remix) – Fenech Soler
20. I am Not a Robot (Starsmith 24 Carat remix) – Marina & The Diamonds
21. Mars (Jack Beats remix) – Fake Blood
22. House N. 84 – The Bloody Beetroots

Disc Three – Mixed by Axwell
1. I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats remix) – La Roux
2. Shine Your Light – Laidback Luke & Gregor Salto (feat. Mavis Acquah)
3. Walk With Me (Daddy’s Groove Magic Island rework) – Prok & Fitch (pres. Nanchang Nancy)
4. I Called U (The Conversation) (ATFC’s Heated Conversation) – ATFC
5. Leave the World Behind (Daddy’s Groove remix) – Axwell/Ingrosso/Angello/Laidback Luke (feat. Deborah Cox)
6. In The Air (Axwell remix) – TV ROCK (feat. Rudy)
7. On The Run (Ralvero Get Down remix) – De Bos
8. Autumn (extended dub) – John Dahlback
9. Monday – Steve Angello
10. Teenage Crime – Adrian Lux
11a. At Night – Ridney
11b. Shooting Stars (Acapella remix) – Bag Raiders
12. Heartbeats – Grum
13. Hey Hey (DF’s Attention vocal mix) – Dennis Ferrer
14. Silvia (Hook N Sling & Goodwill remix) – Miike Snow
15. Reach (RefraKted Tech mix) – Felix Baumgartner, Sunhatch
16. Spaghetti With Bumblebees (Part 1) – Da Others & Andrea Saenz
17. Spanish Fly (Butch remix) – 2000 and One
18. Waterfall (Kim Fai remix) – Paul Thomas & Myke Smith
19. Made In Japan – Hideo Kobayashi

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theHordern said on the 3rd Feb, 2010

top review, and solid album


Temu said on the 3rd Feb, 2010

only good for a dance music rookie


SANDSHREW said on the 8th Nov, 2011