Faithless - Forever Faithless (Greatest Hits)If God is a DJ, Faithless are God's gorgeous angels.Review, track samples
Prodigy - Their LawWant to forget about their disappointing comeback? This best of is the ticket.Review, track samples
Best African Dance Album
Various Mixed by Vinni Da Vinci - Africanism Vol IIThis isn't a patronising category. This - we're proud to announce - is a genre. Africanism wipes the floor with most of this year's dance releases.Review, track samples
Best Chart Topping Dance
Chemical Brothers - Push the ButtonThis euphoric hard hitting stuff can barely be called dance, but it's not your average pop music either.Review, track samples
Best Brainy Dance
Mylo - Destroy Rock 'n RollThe title is you know like... ironic and stuff? A concept tossed out for fun. Boundary busting stuff that may be somewhat overrated by the trendoids but nevertheless stands head and shoulders above the crowd.- Interview- The CD review and song clips
Best Pop/Dance Hybrid
Madonna - Confessions on a DancefloorHubby Guy Richie may not like it, but what does he know?Review and clips
Best Chilled Dance
Goldfish - Caught in the LoopJazz meets intelligent LIVE electronica. This gives rock a run for its money. Hot African summer night sax and soul meets the breeziness of dance cool, and they get on really well.Review and clips
Best Depressing Dance
Royksopp - The UnderstandingHard work at times - desolate and beautiful at once, this is worth the work.Review and clips
Best Wistful Dance
Telepopmusik - Angel MilkDelicately flavoured Euro-cheese. A sonic meringue.Review and clips
Best Old SkoolWhat's Phat Pussycat Series Apparently, women like this soulful stuff more than men, but it's definitely not just for girls. This series explores the roots of the current dance music scene. Unfortunately, this great series ends this year. So get your hands on a copy of one of the CDs the first chance you get.Best "World" (i.e. not British or American) Dance
Putumayo Music's World GroovesDance they'll sell in bookstores, this is pleasantly exotic stuff.Review and clips
Best Oddball Electronica Album
Jeff Wayne's War of the WorldsThis has stayed in the charts since its release, and our reviewer was so charmed he gave it five stars. A true classic.Review and clips- Compiled by Jean Barker
Sure, Bump 3000 will always sell tens of thousands of copies, and gives people plenty of pleasure. But sales don't necessarily equal quality. Here's our guide to the dance albums of 2005 that might outlast the New Year's party - the ones that thumb their noses at the idea that dance is only about vapid doef doef beats.
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