The Clubbers Guide to Summer 2009 is a two CD compilation album from the Ministry of Sound showing the 'very best' of the summer hits.
I bought this album as I wanted to remember my fantastic summer holidays abroad in the clubs thinking many of the tracks would be on this album. I couldnt of been more wrong.
The album starts off with the famous 'Bonkers' making you get in to the mood for a good dance, however this soon ends.
I think this is one of two tracks that I actually knew out of both CDs.
The next song on the track was cleverly mixed into the end of Bonkers and is Warrior's Dance by Prodigy. When this kicks in once again its a good feeling and I thought I had picked up a great album. After this however I wasnt impressed. I didnt recognise a single song afterwards. Whilst some I had heard every so often, these werent the summer songs I was hoping for.
I didnt infact listen to this album for a good month after I had bought it after the first listen in fact. However I gave it another chance when a few mates were around. As all of the songs are mixed together throughout the CD it makes an easy DJ for a night. I decided to put this on and many of the songs started to grow on me, especially songs such as 'Illin N Fillin It' with its thick bass line through through my sub. Also another favourite is now Windmills.
Although I wasnt happy with this album at first and I still dont think it is a great summer of 2009 album, it is a good album if you want an easy night of music and some good energetic tunes.
The guide to the summer aye? What summer was that then?! Save for a few sunny days in May, I have experienced very little in the way of a summer. So first off, bad album title, though I suppose 'Third Wet Summer In The Row Anthems' wouldn't shift as many copies.
Two discs here of joyous dance tracks from the staple that is Ministry Of Sound. Dizzee Rascal is one of the names of the year, the man is everywhere! 'Bonkers' is either totally infectious or totally rubbish, depending on which side of the bed you roll out of, but hats off to him, he's banging them out at an amazing rate so far.
Prodigy return to form with the old skool sounding 'Warriors Dance' which puts Howlett and co back at the top of their game. The Swedish mafia are here to conquer, Axwell, Ingrosso and Angello turn in the storming house anthem 'Leave The World Behind', which is fit to burst with piano heaven.
Eric Prydz's guise Pryda offers up something mellow with 'Melo' and Deadmau5 delivers a supreme chilled piece of music with the haunting 'I Remember.'
Norman Doray & Tristian Garner Feat. Errol Reid are at hand with the spine tingling 'Last Forever' which just screams Ibiza at you thanks to the glorious breakdown, while old timer Corsten lets rip with the angelic 'Made Of Love.' Disc one is a class act with some amazing tunes.
Onto disc two then, where a waft of cheese lingers. Star Pilots and September then Gathania, Swedish pop which sort of passes for dance, catchy and harmless enough. The new Booty Luv record delivers with some sassy vocals from the girls, Heller and Farley revisit 'Ultra Flavour' with a tougher electro tip and one of my old faves, Storm gets the makeover too and still sounds electricfying.
Forty tracks on the album, there might be a small clutch you haven't heard of, but this is pretty good if you like your progressive house and your music on the trendier side.
This is goood man.
"Clubbers Guide to Summer" (2009), released quick and fresh like a cocktail on Miami beach, this will have you wanting more...and possible dancing around you're living room like a mental patient. With songs from the well-known such as Dizzee Rascal, The Prodigy and September and plently from some dark-horses of dance such as Norman Doray, Meck and Platnum; this is perfect for BBQs, beach outings or hairbrush moments in your bedroom with jewels like Jai Ho and In The Heat of The Night. Whatever, its a true summer alum.
However, it is a little more expensive than other CDs, but what do you expect of the MOS...quality is one for sure- and a large variety to suit all dance, pop and pole-dancing tastes...
Nothing major compared to other releases by them, but one to keep a party or summer trip alive. Plus, the cover is so cool.
A review of the standard 2-disc edition of the Ministry of Sound compilation, Clubber's Guide to Summer 2009. The 2-disc CD set retails for around a tenner and features 40 tracks in two continuous mixes. The album can also be downloaded at www.amazon.co.uk or the iTunes UK store, but because it can be downloaded song by song, it features each track in full, with two separate mixes versions added on to the end. Arguably, the MP3 version is better value with the same number of songs for £7.99 - about £3 less than the cd set. The track listing shown at the end reflects the CD version.
For the more credible clubber out there (that is, one that doesn't drive a Vauxhall Nova and/or live near Wigan) it can be hard to find a club music compilation that has the right combination of credible tunes and dancefloor friendly anthems. Ministry of Sound attempts to cater for this market with its Clubber's Guide series. The Clubber's Guides are released twice a year; once in or around January to capture the New Year frenzy and then one subsequent volume in June or July to capitalise on the Ibiza market. Normally, the winter compilation suffers terribly from being released almost immediately after the Christmas Annual and it's normally left to the Summer compilation to at least feature a sound selection of new and upcoming tunes.
For me, the Summer compilations are a bit hit and miss. 2003, for example, kind of limped along after the previous years' fixation with big trance and didn't really know what to do with itself. Summer 2008, however, was a much more solid set, with two discs of funky house, spattered with a bit of electro house. Summer 2009 is more a case of two very different halves. Disc one suffers terribly from an identity crisis, apparently trying to cater for varying tastes and in itself therefore holding no continuity or atmosphere. Disc two, however, is much, much better; an uplifting set of funky house, electro house and slightly more commercial sounds that, to me at least, really hit the spot where summer clubbing is concerned.
Disc one opens weakly and pretty much goes downhill from there. It's the disc that tries to grab some attention with some radio-friendly 'hits' that, whilst having some credibility, sit alongside one another extremely uncomfortably. Opening with Dizzee Rascal's Bonkers, for example, might enable the album to boast a number one single, but it's a noisy, tuneless mess and so is Don Diablo's Hooligans that comes later. Launching straight into the new Prodigy single thereafter is therefore a bit of a mistake - hasn't the world moved on from this now. Angello and Laidback Luke's new tune is OK (Angello's other new tune Isabel is also featured here) but rather bland, not unlike the eighties-inspired instrumental that follows it from Pryda. There's a strong 80's electro theme to much of the material here, (Arno's Cyan sounds like something off Baywatch) but the trouble is that it feels as though the 80's thing has been done to death, meaning that John Dahlback's Out There has far less impact than it should. There are some 'good' tracks on the disc. Deadmau5's gorgeous, dreamy I Remember is a blissful, haunting slice of electro house but it's actually more a chill out tune that finds itself nestled between more uplifting material. The new Faithless one (Music Matters) is much the same and Norman Doray's Last Forever is a grower for sure but by the time you get to this part of the disc, it's hard not to find yourself compelled to fast forward to something with a bit more welly.
The trouble with much of disc one is that it tries a bit too hard to be cool. Groove Armada's new one is a good case in point. Always a bit hit-and-miss, the Armada's stuff is never what I would describe as 'dance floor friendly' and Drop The Tough is pretty dull. Another strong contender for most over-rated artist goes to Fatboy Slim, who crawls out of the woodwork again with another rotten remix of his most irritating song ever, Rockerfella Skank. The other trouble with disc one is that it's just too much of a mixed bag, with a mix that includes tunes that range from the excruciatingly bad (hello Fatboy Slim) to three stonkingly wonderful trance anthems (God, please let Ferry Corsten's Made of Love get to number one, closely followed by Above and Beyond's On a Good Day, both of which rate as some of the strongest vocal trance material we've heard for ages.)
Thank heavens, therefore for disc two, which certainly goes some way to redeem some of the disappointment of the first volume. It's not flawless; of the 20 tracks here, just over half are worthy of 'anthem' status with the others straggling some way behind. Highlights include The Dubguru's house workout of Cappella's U Got 2 Know, which is just outstanding. September's new tune Until I Die gets a very radio-friendly remix here (even if it does sound like she's singing, "until the f***ing day I die" over and over again). Fragma's Memory is probably the best thing they've done for years and the Cahill remix here is softer and more in keeping with the melancholy nature of the song compared to some of the harder mixes doing the rounds. Moony's new song (I Don't Know Why) is great and Meck's cover of Windmills certainly does the business with its mixture of house and trance sounds overlaid against the very famous vocals. The Slumdogz millionaire-inspired funky house workout Jai Ho is featured here with Wez Clarke's remix (probably the most accessible one doing the rounds.)
It all stalls a bit in the middle of the mix. It turns a bit 'pure council' with Platnum's horrific new song Trippin' and Joey Negro proves he should just bog off once and for all with yet another tiring, heartless disco house number. There are a couple of crazies in the middle too, including a pointless new remix of Heller and Farley's Ultra Flava and a slice of Spanish lunacy called Shingaling that sounds like a Lynx advert.
Most of the tracks featured on the two discs are around the four-minute mark, so few last long enough to outlive their welcome, although some are arguably too short too. The aforementioned Dubguru tune is here only for two minutes and twenty-six seconds and feels like a bit of an afterthought, particularly because it's stuck on the end of the second disc. The mix here is very conventional; each track is merged very quickly and into the next without innovation. It feels as though the mix was arranged as best it could be but despite being a continuous mix, each track generally works on its own too. The mixed bag of sounds here also means that the lengthiest section of the mix that feels cohesive runs for around six of seven tunes before something a bit wacky pops up. I would, personally, have run Booty Luv's likeable new song Say It into the Moony tune, maintaining a better vocal house set that is rather interrupted here.
All in, it's a bit of a mixed bag and not a terribly convincing display of what's doing the rounds at the moment. The new Cream Ibiza compilation seems more consistent and with Eddie Halliwell at the mix, is likely to have a bit more credibility too. Unforgivably for a series that only features two releases per year, there are some tracks duplicated with the Clubbers Guide to 2009 too. Chris Lake and Meck feature on both editions with the same tune and many other artists appear on each with different tunes. That aside, there are some very appealing sections to this album that shouldn't be entirely overlooked. I'd wait for the Christmas sale, to be honest, when it should fall below a fiver.
1. Bonkers - Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden
2. Warrior's Dance - The Prodigy
3. The World Behind - Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello & Laidback Luke Feat. Deborah Cox Leave
4. Melo - Pryda
5. I Remember - Deadmau5 & Kaskade
6. Out There - John Dahlbäck Feat. Basto!
7. Music Matters (Axwell Remix) - Faithless Feat. Cass Fox
8. Drop The Tough (Van She Remix) - Groove Armada
9. Illin N Fillin It (Malente's The Monster Is Loose Mix) - Armand Van Helden
10. Rockerfella Skank (Koen Groeneveld Remix) - Fatboy Slim Vs Koen Groeneveld
11. Last Forever - Norman Doray & Tristian Garner Feat. Errol Reid
12. Cost Cyan - Arno
13. Shoes (Spencer & Hill Remix) - Tiga
14. Isabel - Steve Angello
15. Letter To No One - Yousef
16. We Just Are Finalizer - The Japanese Popstars
17. Hooligans - Don Diablo & Example
18. In And Out Of Love - Armin Van Buuren Feat. Sharon Den Adel
19. Made Of Love - Ferry Corsten
20. On A Good Day (Above & Beyond Club Mix) - Above & Beyond Present OceanLab
1. In The Heat Of The Night - Star Pilots
2. Hold On (StoneBridge Edit) - Lazee Feat. Neverstore
3. Until I Die (Long Club Mix) - September
4. Blame It On You (Wideboys Stadium Remix) - Gathania
5. Memory (Cahill Remix) - Fragma
6. Say It (Warren Clarke Vocal Mix) - Booty Luv
7. Trippin' (Wawa Remix) - Platnum
8. Love Is The Answer (Freemasons Remix) - Funk Fanatics
9. Get Down Again (Raul Rincon Vocal Mix) - Malibu Sneakers
10. Ride The Rhythm (Joey Negro Club Mix) - Joey Negro
11. People In A Digital World Rose Rouge - Analog
12. Ultra Flava (Mark Trophy Remix) - The Heller & Farley Project
13. Shingaling - Jean Claude Ades & Vincent Thomas
14. I Don't Know Why (erome Isma-ae Remix) - Moony
15. 5 Reasons - Sylvia Tosun & Loverush UK!
16. Windmills - Meck
17. If You Knew - Chris Lake Feat. Nastala
18. Jai Ho (Wez Clarke Mix) - Slumdogz
19. U Got 2 Know - The Dubguru
20. Time To Burn 09 - Storm
Seeing as summer is upon us I thought it would be appropriate to review the latest Clubbers Summer Guide from Ministry of Sound. Although admittedly the weather the last few days have suggested summer is still far away! Clubbers Summer Guide is one of many MOS albums that get churned out every year. I don't know exactly how many they produce a year as they do vary however the Summers Guide is one of the more regular albums and its history goes back several years. The real question at hand is whether or not Clubbers Summer Guide 09 stands out from the rest or fades away with several other MOS albums.
1. Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden - Bonkers
2. The Prodigy - Warrior's Dance
3. Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello & Laidback Luke Feat. Deborah Cox - Leave The World Behind
4. Pryda - Melo
5. Deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
6. John Dahlbäck Feat. Basto! - Out There
7. Faithless Feat. Cass Fox - Music Matters (Axwell Remix)
8. Groove Armada - Drop The Tough (Van She Remix)
9. Armand Van Helden - Illin N Fillin It (Malente's The Monster Is Loose Mix)
10. Fatboy Slim Vs Koen Groeneveld - Rockerfella Skank (Koen Groeneveld Remix)
11. Norman Doray & Tristian Garner Feat. Errol Reid - Last Forever
12. Arno Cost - Cyan
13. Tiga - Shoes (Spencer & Hill Remix)
14. Steve Angello - Isabel
15. Yousef - Letter To No One
16. The Japanese Popstars - We Just Are
17. Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans
18. Armin Van Buuren Feat. Sharon Den Adel - In And Out Of Love
19. Ferry Corsten - Made Of Love
20. Above & Beyond Present OceanLab - On A Good Day (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
1. Star Pilots - In The Heat Of The Night
2. Lazee Feat. Neverstore - Hold On (StoneBridge Edit)
3. September - Until I Die (Long Club Mix)
4. Gathania - Blame It On You (Wideboys Stadium Remix)
5. Fragma - Memory (Cahill Remix)
6. Booty Luv - Say It (Warren Clarke Vocal Mix)
7. Platnum - Trippin' (Wawa Remix)
8. Funk Fanatics - Love Is The Answer (Freemasons Remix)
9. Malibu Sneakers - Get Down Again (Raul Rincon Vocal Mix)
10. Joey Negro - Ride The Rhythm (Joey Negro Club Mix)
11. Analog People In A Digital World - Rose Rouge
12. The Heller & Farley Project - Ultra Flava (Mark Trophy Remix)
13. Jean Claude Ades & Vincent Thomas - Shingaling
14. Moony - I Don't Know Why (Jerome Isma-ae Remix)
15. Sylvia Tosun & Loverush UK! - 5 Reasons
16. Meck - Windmills
17. Chris Lake Feat. Nastala - If You Knew
18. Slumdogz - Jai Ho (Wez Clarke Mix)
19. The Dubguru - U Got 2 Know
20. Storm - Time To Burn 09
I'm never 100% sure what the theme of the Summer Guide albums are meant to be. I don't know if they are just a selection of tracks that are released around May, June and July or if the songs are meant to have a summer 'feel' to them. I imagine everyone would have slightly different explanations of what summer music is supposed to be but I'd vouch for summer dance music being one of two things. Either quite laid back, relaxing and chilling; the type of music you could play on the beach or at an outdoor party as background music. The other side would be upbeat, high tempo 'feel good' music. It wouldn't be trance, techno, hardcore or poppy however.
With that description in mind this album does a good job in meeting the set criteria. On the whole the pace is slower and has a more relaxing vibe to it. Very few of the songs try to take centre stage and grab your attention instead just play along nicely in the background. The beach/outdoor party scenario is quite fitting for this album. I can definitely see myself putting this on and then not having to care about the music for the rest of the night; it accompanies any other activities you are doing very well. This 'feel' the album is going for is exceptionally demonstrated by Melo, I Remember, Memory and I Don't Know Why.
It's not easy to recognize the theme of the album early on; especially considering the opening song is Bonkers by Dizzee Rascal. This song feels out of place compared to the rest of the album so it's best to be forgotten once you get past it. The upbeat, high tempo 'Feel good' music I described is noticeable in a few songs. They are few and far between on the album however they do make a refreshing change to the slow pace of the album. The highlight of these would be In the Heat of the Night by Star Pilots. I loved the original version of this song from the Annual 2009 album but found it got destroyed by Big Tunes: Ignition. It was a pleasant surprise to see the song remixed successfully in a way that most people could appreciate and listen to. The other stand out song would be U Got 2 Know by The Dubguru. Although this has more of a trance and euphoric feel to it the song is still fitting for the album
Clubbers Summer Guide 2009 really shoots itself in the foot with the style it aims for. Due to the slower pace of the album it can become very boring, dull and lifeless in places. There are plenty of songs on here that will pass you by without you realizing. This is not the type of music you will listen to on its own; you have to be doing something else to keep yourself entertained. I've had to give this album several listens to so that I can rate it properly as the first few times I missed several tracks without realizing. Up to five songs can be played when you think you`ve only listened to one at some points. You really need to be switched on to appreciate each and every song.
However then there is the argument that the album isn't trying to be lively and energetic so it doesn't matter if every song isn't trying to stand out. This album is background music and nothing more essentially. It's not inspiring music so it's not suitable to listen to in preparation for a night out for example. The album doesn't help itself further due to the long cross over times between the songs. The wind down part of the songs is far too long often lasting well over 30 seconds. This is way too long and will bore you further. It's quite often that the following song will then have a long intro. The album already had a slow and lifeless pace to it however these two aspects increase the boredom. They need to be cut down a great deal.
It has to be said although a lot of the songs are uninspiring they aren't actually bad songs. There is only one song on this album, Jai Ho (Wez Clarke Mix) by Slumdogz, which I have to skip because it's unpleasant to listen to. In 40 tracks I would expect more than just one awkward song. Although I may as well call it two as Isabel by Steve Angello really is that boring.
It's not a bad album but not a particularly great one. The slow and relaxing feel is achieved however this is what then goes onto to dampen the album. No more than background music as it is quite uninspiring to listen to. It will suit those who don't want jumpy in your face music but for those who require their music to be lively this album is not for you.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden - Bonkers
2 The Prodigy - Warrior's Dance
3 Axwell, Ingrosso, Angello & Laidback Luke Feat. Deborah Cox - Leave The World Behind
4 Pryda - Melo
5 Deadmau5 & Kaskade - I Remember
6 John Dahlbäck Feat. Basto! - Out There
7 Faithless Feat. Cass Fox - Music Matters (Axwell Remix)
8 Groove Armada - Drop The Tough (Van She Remix)
9 Armand Van Helden - Illin N Fillin It (Malente's The Monster Is Loose Mix)
10 Fatboy Slim Vs Koen Groeneveld - Rockerfella Skank (Koen Groeneveld Remix)
11 Norman Doray & Tristian Garner Feat. Errol Reid - Last Forever
12 Arno Cost - Cyan
13 Tiga - Shoes (Spencer & Hill Remix)
14 Steve Angello - Isabel
15 Yousef - Letter To No One
16 The Japanese Popstars - We Just Are
17 Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans
18 Armin Van Buuren Feat. Sharon Den Adel - In And Out Of Love
19 Ferry Corsten - Made Of Love
20 Above & Beyond Present OceanLab - On A Good Day (Above & Beyond Club Mix)
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Star Pilots - In The Heat Of The Night
2 Lazee Feat. Neverstore - Hold On (StoneBridge Edit)
3 September - Until I Die (Long Club Mix)
4 Gathania - Blame It On You (Wideboys Stadium Remix)
5 Fragma - Memory (Cahill Remix)
6 Booty Luv - Say It (Warren Clarke Vocal Mix)
7 Platnum - Trippin' (Wawa Remix)
8 Funk Fanatics - Love Is The Answer (Freemasons Remix)
9 Malibu Sneakers - Get Down Again (Raul Rincon Vocal Mix)
10 Joey Negro - Ride The Rhythm (Joey Negro Club Mix)
11 Analog People In A Digital World - Rose Rouge
12 The Heller & Farley Project - Ultra Flava (Mark Trophy Remix)
13 Jean Claude Ades & Vincent Thomas - Shingaling
14 Moony - I Don't Know Why (Jerome Isma-ae Remix)
15 Sylvia Tosun & Loverush UK! - 5 Reasons
16 Meck - Windmills
17 Chris Lake Feat. Nastala - If You Knew
18 Slumdogz - Jai Ho (Wez Clarke Mix)
19 The Dubguru - U Got 2 Know
20 Storm - Time To Burn 09