If there’s one thing Ministry of Sound have become masters of over the years its capturing the essence of life through music. MoS have put out countless themed compilations from pumped up House Party mixes to eclectic 80’s anthologies and Ibiza Summer sessions. Encompassing sounds and genres from wide across the Electronic Music spectrum from fast and furious Drum and Bass to chilled House, heated Electro, filthy Dubstep and so much more. ‘The Weekender’ then is another triumphant capture; this time the spirit of a well needed weekend of music, friends and fun.
‘The Weekender’ is arranged in a way that sets the tone for anyone planning two days and two nights of clubs, pubs and parties and provides the perfect soundtrack for anyone’s wild weekend.
Disc One gets the Friday night party started. You’ve just finished a hard week of work, it’s Friday and it’s time to let loose. First thing you do, get home, grab a beer and throw Disc One in. The first disc is full of dance music’s dirty pleasures. An eclectic mix of bright, buzzing EDM bangers, Deep House mood movers and euphoric Trance. Modern tracks like Duke Dumonts huge summer anthem ‘Wont Look Back’, Gorgon City’s beautiful and bouncy ‘Ready For Your Love’ and Redlights addictive ‘9TS (90s Baby)’ blend perfectly with classic joints like DJ Luck and MC Neats eponymous ‘A Little Bit of Luck’ and Artful Dodgers legendary ‘Re-Rewind’ feat Craig David. One thing all the tracks share in common; the unrivalled ability to give anyone listening that Friday night feeling!
Disc Two is all about the club. Dressed, pressed and ready to do some serious clubbing. This is the soundtrack to an unforgettable night in one of the world’s most famous clubs, Ministry of Sound London. Rammed with hottest House tracks from recent years and designed to blow the roof of your Saturday night. The planets biggest DJ’s, Avicii, DJ Fresh, Chase & Status and Dillon Francis are joined by a whole host of crowd killing superstars from the House Music scene and floor fillers like ‘Show Me Love’, ‘Summertime Sadness’ and ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’ are guaranteed to keep you dancing long into the night!
Disc Three is for the Sunday chill. The hangover and duvet day and then off to the pub to meet up with friends and reminisce about the unforgettable weekend that’s been. Chilled vibes allow the body and soul to relax, unwind and recover. Just sit back and let the likes of ZHU’s masterful ‘Faded’ or the brilliant remix of Jessie Wares memorable ‘Tough Love’ from Cyril Hahn melt away the hangover before the mix progresses on and the levels rise slightly, injecting a final blast of adrenaline rousing classic House to cap off the recovery.
The compilation does its job flawlessly in capturing the essence of the big weekend. Ministry of Sound have a massive line up to choose from, each a master of their craft and all experts in delivering crisp, raw, unadulterated listening pleasure. I listened to three disc, sixty track album countless times during this review. I never got bored, I never felt the need to skip a track. I listened to it at home, on the way to work, during the day, at night; always enjoying it thoroughly, smiling and bobbing along with the perfectly picked and mixed beats.
It’s also a very universal and accessible album to newcomers to all things Dance Music. The album stays, for the most part on the lighter, more commercial planes of the dance music scenes, providing an easy to listen mix of joyful, uplifting music with a universal appeal. But that’s not to say that the aficionados’ amongst you won’t appreciate the mix either. As is the skill of MoS to deliver the cleanest cut House mixes the world has to offer, and this one doesn’t disappoint. ‘The Weekender’ commands a well deserved place in any music lovers collection!
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