Graham Clark, Music Features Writer

Albums: Ministry Of Sound

Ministry of Sound - THE ANNUAL 2023

CD1: Eliza Rose feat Interpanetary Criminal B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All); LF SYSTEM Afraid to Feel; Alok, Ella Eyre & Kenny Dope Deep Down; Nathan Dawe feat. Ella Henderson 21 Reasons; Sigala feat. Talia Mar Stay the Night; Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa & Young Thug Potion; Joel Corry feat. Becky Hill HISTORY; Tiësto x Charli XCX Hot In It;
Paul Woolford x Pessto Can You Pay?; Shane Codd -i> Rather Be Alone; Sigala x David Guetta x Sam Ryder Living Without You; Jax Jones & Martin Solveig feat. GRACEY - Lonely Heart
13. Pete Tong & Becky Hill feat. Jules Buckley & The Heritage Orchestra - You Got the Love;
14. MK & Paul Woolford feat. Majid Jordan Teardrops; Emily Nash Garden; Disco Lines Baby Girl; Robin Schulz & David Guetta On Repeat; Felix Jaehn feat. Zoe Wees Do It Better;
Eats Everything x Shermanology Tell You What It Is; Gerry Read x Boney M Ma Baker; Airwolf Paradise - Don't Hurt Me Baby; Southstar Miss You

CD2: Luude & Mattafix Big City Life;
Cat Burns Go; Vibe Chemistry Balling; Watch the Ride x Nia Archives Mash Up the Dance; LP Giobbi x Bklava Sinner; Fred again.. - Jungle; KH Looking at Your Pager; FISHER & Shermanology It's a Killa; Patrick Topping Shake My Booty; Oliver Heldens feat. Nile Rogers & House Gospal Choir I Was Made for Lovin' You; Dom Dolla & Clementine Douglas Miracle Maker; Solardo x Vintage Culture x LOWES Adidas & Pearls; Franky Wah x AR/CO Under the Sun; Disclosure feat. RAYE Waterfall; Chad Harrison x Tom Zanetti Hope It's Not Too Late; HoneyLuv 365 (Thr33 6ix 5ive); Eats Everything feat. Fatboy Slim Bristol to Brighton; Anish Kumar Hummingbird; Piri & Tommy Villiers Words; Schwing Give Me All Your Loving;
Bad Boy Chiller Crew When It Rains, It Pours; TSHA feat. Mafro Giving Up;

Sony Music MOSCD558

This double CD compilation from the Ministry of Sound label features forty four of the best dance tracks of the last year.

Whereas in the past many of the songs would have been top ten hits, dance music is back in the underground with only a handful of tracks crossing over to a mainstream audience.

CD1 begins promisingly with better known contributions such as 21 Reasons by Nathan Dave featuring Ella Hendersontracks released in 2022 and a favourite on many a radio playlist.

Bruce Fielder, better known by his stage name Sigala turns up twice: first, with Talia Mar on Stay The Night and second, with David Guetta and Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder on Living Without You.

Fielder’s success is easy to understand, he has an ear for a good commercial tune that appeals to the dance fraternity and a mainstream audience.

If you remember the Boney M track Ma Baker from the late seventies you might question why it appears here. The answer - it has been dusted up for a new generation with a remix by Gerry Read.

Irish DJ Shane Codd seems to be riding the crest of a wave with his unforgettable song, Rather Be Alone whilst his English counterpart, Joel Corry, arrives with Becky Hill on the sublime number, History.

CD2 goes slightly off field with more obscure tracks that move from accessible dance numbers to songs such as Big City Life by Luude and Mattafix, Shake My Booty by Patrick Topping and the House, and influenced vibes with Disclosure and Raye, on Waterfall, all of which are untypical of what you might expect on The Annual compilations.

Stalwart, Fatboy Slim, teams up with Eats Everything on the track from Bristol to Brighton. If it had been released ten years ago with all the radio support it would presumably been given it would have been a massive hit, now the track sounds like it belongs to a past era.

Who would have thought Bradford’s Bad Boy Chiller Crew, would end up on a Ministry compilation? Its inclusion demonstrates how successful the act has become. When It Rains It Pours is one of the better tracks that could gain them older fans compared with its current mainly teenage fan base

The compilation ends with Tsha featuring Mafro on Giving Up.

Good to see that Ministry of Sound has not given up on releasing compilations, even though they seem to have gone out of fashion as fans download or stream the songs they want to hear.

For now, though, this compilation is a good retrospective of where dance music sits in 2023.