The Annual 2004

There’s not a lot that can make this 2004 Annual much more appealing than its tracklist. Both Mark and John have put together a rocking selection of past hits and future predictions that not only makes you want to dance as a DJ set should, but gives you a comprehensive collection of what made the year so special on the dancefloor.

Especially for you to take home and keep (and annoy your children with in twenty years’ time), the 2004 Annual is both a keepsake and a contemporary mix of tunes that will keep house parties and long car trips furnished with a summer soundtrack well into 2004. It's enough to get all misty-eyed over.

What would 2003 have been without the electro of Benny Benassi, Goldfrapp, and Bad Cabbage’s badly spelled yet phat little floor filler? Then there was the punk influence, as done most memorably by Planet Funk, and the Bhangra that brought the year’s Eastern flavour, here represented by Panjabi MC. Ben Onono co-wrote and sang on so many songs (with Futureshock, Tim Deluxe, Saffron Hill etc) this year he deserves an annual of his own, Moguai crossed over from trance to prog to house, and Cam Farrar came forward as Melbourne's 2004 predicted golden boy.

Junior Jack’s booty-basslined E Samba was one of the stayers of the year, likewise Bob Sinclar and Groove Armada proved they still know how to make house music that makes people smile. DJ Sneak provided some big crossover funk and Etherfox broke into both Australian clubs and Ibizan sunsets with “The Whirled You Live”. Then, for those addicted to drums - who hadn't spent at least some of their time of the dance floor chanting they were a "slave to the Dark Beat"? And, on a final hands in the air note, the anthem that took anthems to a new level: “So Much Love To Give”.