MoS Festive Gift Guide

No matter what religious - or irreligious - pretense you’re attaching to your holiday gift-giving this year, MoS wants to help you choose the right (MoS) CD, whether as a gift for your friends, for yourself or for subliminally putting on in the background during the next family gathering. We’ve got so many releases this summer you can be forgiven for not knowing which one is going to be the most appropriate for whatever occasion, so here’s a rough guide to help you out. After all, if you’re going to support MoS, we don’t want you to fail at it and make us look bad.

The Annual 2009.

This is the most obvious choice as a general dance music-related gift. Even people who don’t like dance music will like it and start to get down to it in private or even in public after enough egg nog. Even people who are mums or are over 25, or especially people who are mums and/or over 25. A conglomeration of the past year’s biggest tracks with some hit predictions for the coming summer, this album is also available in a special gift box set AND as a USB, so anyone who wouldn’t appreciate this as a gift isn’t probably worth getting a gift for in the first place. Harsh, but true.

Maximum Bass Xtreme.

This album covers a lot of, ahem, ‘basses’ - most of them aimed at guys, which is fairly obvious by the presence of Krystal Forscutt’s bosom on the cover. With three CDs that span bottom-heavy RnB, hip-hop, techno, electro and hardstyle, even if you don’t know the difference between those genres, bass-lovers in general will find something to get into. Also good for people with car stereos more expensive than their actual cars.

Ministry of Sound presents Anthems 1991-2008.

Here’s another one with lots of appeal for lots of different clubbers. This one isn’t even just for fun, it’s actually important, a part of history, an album that will be handed down through the ages and in 500 years’ time will be entered into the high school curriculum and written about in essays entitled: ‘The dance scene emerged as a response to the oppressive work culture experienced by Britons in the early 1980s. Discuss.” With tracks all the way from 1991 this album’s like opening up a time capsule - one with a little glimpse of the future thrown in just to totally blow minds.

Hed Kandi - The Mix 2009.

For those breezy, sexy occasions where the intent is to have lots of scantily clad and preferably tipsy young women of a similarly breezy and sexy nature (of an appropriate age, obviously) swanning about with nothing more serious on their minds than getting silly and dancing a lot. The reality may be very different, but as long as the music’s right you never know what might happen...

Chillout Sessions XI.

Evocative of lazy days on Ibiza’s Playa Salinas or even of the more rowdy shores of San Antonio, the Chillout Sessions are full of laidback vibes intended to make you feel as if you’re on a Balearic holiday even if you’re in your room in Australian suburbia and it’s 10 degrees outside. Multi-purpose, this album - in Chillout tradition - has more than just dance tracks, with downtempo versions of good songs of any genre - Amy Winehouse’s ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ and Jose Gonzales’ ‘Teardrop’ for example.