If you're having your own party, or just driving to a club, or lying down to rest, you'll need a soundtrack. So here are some of the best CDs we've reviewed this year. If you want to check out all the CDs we've looked at, click here go to the dance reviews section.
And perhaps you want to recommend something from your own collection - or club? Post your message at the end of this article.
PARTY WITH THESE FLOOR FILLERS
Tiesto - Just BeThe world number one DJ's first entirely self-produced album is a crowd pleaser. Several excellent tracks make up for the evolutionary hiccups.Album review and sound clips
Tiesto - Parade of the AthletesRecorded live at the Olympics opening ceremony, popular trance DJ Tiesto's set is mainly his own stuff - he wrote or co-wrote and composed 11 of the 12 tracks. Packed with rousing, euphoric pop anthems to see in the new year to. Album review
Armin Van Buuren - State of TranceWith his latest compilation of trance , Trance superstar DJ Armin Van Buuren shows us why he is famous in dance music circles for his impeccable taste in tracks and his unerring ear for the next big hit.Album review and sound clips
Armin Van Buuren - 76Although our reviewer was critical of this album, saying it was the work of a technician not a musician, it does have a few great dance floor tracks. Get it for "Precious", "Astronauts" and "Yet another day" - and dance.Album review and sound clips
Paul Van Dyk - The Remixes 94 - 04In "The Remixes 94-04" we get a tasty selection of Van Dyk's finest. Apart from obvious club classics like "For An Angel" and "We Are Alive", the CD also has some of his newer work like the superb "Time of Our Lives" and the break-beat fuelled "Crush". Album review and sound clips
Oskido - Oskido's Church GroovesThis House Afrika CD is loaded with adventurous but unpretentious mixes by Oskido, who throws purism to the wind. Serious musical energy results. Don't be put off by the opening track! (More House Afrika CDs to be reviewed soon, so keep an eye out for those in the new year.)Album review and sound clips
Various - Club ClassicsIt's not ground breaking, but "Absolute Club Classics" is a well chosen, professionally mixed and relatively cheese free summer dance disk that should keep your party lively long into the night. Much better than stuff like Bump. Definitely aimed at the more mainstream "pop" crowd, so not for serious dance music fans. Album review and sound clips
Busi Mhlongo - IndizaBusi Mhlongo's subtly inflected delicious vocals and catchy songs have been remixed as dancey tracks by producers Brice Wassy, Flipper Dalton and a wide variety of others from the Melt stable, and they stand up to it well. The electronic contrast to her rich voice highlights its warmth. Unfortunately there are lots of remixes of some songs, so you might want to pick your favourites and add them to a compilation, or play DJ.Album review and sound clips
COME DOWN FROM THE PARTY WITH...
Ralph Myerz and the Jack Heron Band - A Special AlbumAn accessible, strangely unforgettable album featuring yummy sounds, catchy melodies. Uplifting, with calming after effects. It's the thinking dance fan's elevator music.Album review and sound clips
Various - Blue Note RevisitedTop original jazz artists and producers like Wayne Shorter (Weather Report founder), pianist Horace Silver and big name DJ/Composer/Producers like Herbert (Bodily Functions), Jazzanova and JDilla, give the project serious cred. Overall, an original and intriguing mix of old and new talent, but chilly. Certainly not to everyone's taste but in very good taste.Album review and sound clips
Other recommended chillouts include stuff from the African Dope stable, Brian Eno's The Pearl, or my personal favourite: the old jazz classic by Miles Davis, A Kind of Blue.- Jean Barker
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