With so many good tunes packed into this year's annual and two of the country's best DJs on mixing duties it feels almost insulting to your intelligence to bang on about how good it is. Of course it's bloody good, look at the tracklist! How much more obvious could the goodness be? Still, if you're not the seasoned tune-spotter and need more of a helpful review, here's a basic run-down of what to expect from the Annual this year.
As with every year, the Annual is the chosen DJs' representation of what was big in clubland over the past year, plus a few tunes they predict will be played well into next year (and beyoooond). John Course, being from Melbourne, takes in a lot of Latin house flavours, with warm, rounded beats and melodies. Heaps of sing-a-long vocals are included on his disc, with familiar tunes: "My My My", "Flashdance", "Good Luck", "Up & Down" and "I Am Tha 1" in the you've-definitely-heard-it pile. Retro 80s stuff being the big influence still, you'll find tracks like "Call On Me" and "Pleasure From The Bass" in the mix as well.
Dynamo (that's our affectionate name for Mark Dynamix) reprazenting for the Sydneysiders, features a fair amount of electro and synthy, retro sounds. Mylo starts the ball rolling with a track that still has a whole heap of dancefloor mileage left in it, "Drop The Pressure", and the vibe continues with Starsailor, a few different contributions by Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten in electro synth mode and The Prodigy at the end. Infusion pop their heads in, Shapeshifters rack up one for the club anthem quota and even Dynamix himself gets in on the tracklist with "Identify Me".
All in all, a very savvy and nostalgic mix that will not only keep you moving this summer but hopefully bring back the year's clubbing memories at a later date. Put it in the Christmas stocking for someone special (unless you're, like, Jewish or some other non Christ-based religion, then just buy it and keep it yourself).
Disk 1 - The 2005 Annual
|1.||Eric Prydz - Call On Me (Original mix)|
|2.||Deep Dish - Flashdance (Skylark Mix)|
|3.||Hardsoul feat. Ron Carroll - Back Together (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Re-Mix)|
|4.||Armand Van Helden - My My My (Original mix)|
|5.||Mutiny - Holding On (Original mix)|
|6.||Basement Jaxx feat. Lisa Kekaula - Good Luck (Tim Deluxe Funked Club Mix)|
|7.||Stonebridge - Put 'Em High (JJ 12" Mix)|
|8.||Soul Central - Strings of Life (Danny Krivit Re-edit)|
|9.||Toby Neal - Join The Dots (Version 1)|
|10.||Mula - All In The Head (Ralph Lawson Mix)|
|11.||Laurent Konrad - Haunted (Original mix)|
|12.||Jan Driver - Ladies Want It (Original mix)|
|13.||Tiga - Pleasure From The Bass (Original mix)|
|14.||Afropeans - Better Things (Skye 'n' Sugarstarr Remix)|
|15.||Danny Howells and Dick Trevor feat. Erire - Dusk 'Til Dawn (Shapeshifters Remix)|
|16.||Mr Timothy feat. Inaya Day - I Am Tha 1 (Original mix)|
|17.||Scent - Up & Down (Original mix)|
|18.||Junior Jack - Stupidisco (Original mix)|
|19.||Craig Obey & The Elektrik Force feat. Chance - Hyp-ma-tize-me (Craig Obey Remix)|
|20.||Olav Basoski - Waterman (Original mix)|
Disk 2 - The 2005 Annual
|1.||Mylo - Drop The Pressure (Original mix)|
|2.||Studio B - I See Girls (Crazy) (Tom Neville Remix)|
|3.||Axwell - Feel The Vibe (Original mix)|
|4.||City Slickers - Perfect World (Steve Mac Remix)|
|5.||Stisch featuring Magnus Cralson - Beauty In Me (Barfly Remix)|
|6.||Starsailor - Four To The Floor (Thin White Duke Mix)|
|7.||Inaya Day - Nasty Girls (Full Vocal Mix)|
|8.||Aloud - Sex & Sun Part III (Club Mix)|
|9.||Max Linen - Flashback (Original mix)|
|10.||Infusion - Girls Can Be Cruel (Original mix)|
|11.||Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme (Eric Prydz Remix)|
|12.||Shapeshifters - Lola's Theme (Original mix)|
|13.||Eric Prydz & Steve Angello - Woz Not Woz (Original mix)|
|14.||Alex Neri - Housetrack (Original mix)|
|15.||Mark Dynamix & Jaytech - Identify Me (Original Pro-tech Mix)|
|16.||Alter Ego - Rocker (Original mix)|
|17.||Timo Di Roy - Don't Stop (Babylon Robots Remix)|
|18.||Ferry Corsten - It's Time (Album Extended Dub)|
|19.||Moguai - Freaks (Radio Short Mix)|
|20.||Freestylers - Push Up (Original mix)|
|21.||The Prodigy - Girls (Original mix)|
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Mixed by Andrea Oliva, Paolo Rocco, NICe7.