The 2006 Annual

Ahhhh, the days are getting longer, the beers are getting colder, the white pointers on Bondi Beach are getting more numerous, and the dancefloors are getting sweatier - yep, you guessed it, summer is upon us and we all know what that means - it's time for Ministry's 2006 Annual to lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil.

In other words the MOS crew have served up a tasty mix featuring the most grin-inducing numbers from 2005, and at the same time given us a glimpse of what we will be gurning to in 2006. And once again the old adage that our gummy grandfather liked to spout rings true: 'If it ain't broke don't fix it'.

So it's no surprise that Australia's finest twiddlers in John Course and Mark Dynamix are once again at the helm for this installment. Melbourne's man about the house, Course, sets the tone nicely on Disc One. Kicking off with local yocal T-Funk and his blinging 'The Glamorous Life' featuring the superb vocal talents of Inaya Day, he quickly rolls up the sleeves and delivers a superb house mix. Paris Avenue's stonking 'I Want You', a great mashup of Porno vs. Hannah Jones' 'Time 2 Move (Music Power)', Quesh's infectious 'Candy Girl', and Martin Solveig's 'Everybody' come in quick succession. Before Course decides to rinse the funk out of the whole damn thing - finishing off with the Club Mix of Lil' Love's masssivve 'Little Love', the flamenco flecks of Axwell's 'Watch The Sunrise', and, where would any self-respecting house mix be without the inclusion of the superb meeting of Mylo's 'Drop The Pressure' and Miami Sound Machine's 'Doctor Beat' ('Doctor Pressure')?

On Disc Two Mark Dynamix gets it on with the old electro/tech/bootay shakin' rock routine. It's rock, but not as we know it: Gorillaz 'Dare (Soulwax Remix), New Order 'Jetstream' (Jacques Lu Cont Remix), and Hard-Fi 'Hard To Beat' (Axwell Remix) all get dipped into the stream of electronic consciousness. And then there's some big hitters thrown into the mix in the form of the Mylo mix of Freeform Five's 'No More Conversations', the Bodyrockers' 'I Like The Way', and a sweet mashup of Max Graham vs Yes' 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart' with an acapella of Anthony Acid's 'Sweat' thrown over the top of it. But there is one change this year that's got us all hot under the collar.

This year's installment comes with a mixed DVD featuring 18 videos plus bonus interviews and tour footage. Two words for you people: MUST HAVE.