Various Artists

Dance Nation 2001

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Not much of a departure for the Ministry of Sound camp, the 2001 entry into the ongoing Dance Nation series of compilations again rounds up many of the year's best dance singles for a double-disc mix collection. This time the guest DJs are Pee Wee and GT, and the focus is on anthemic trance -- lots and lots of dizzying, candy-coated synth melodies. And even if Pee Wee and GT aren't immediately recognized as two of the U.K.'s top DJs, it doesn't really matter -- the emphasis here is on the tracks and definitely not the DJs. The mixing is as straightforward as mixing gets, and the track selection is more orientated toward mass taste than consistency or mood. So, it's best to approach Dance Nation 2001 as a sampler of the hottest dancefloor anthems of the year in the U.K. rather than an impressive DJ mix. Some of the bigger hits here include the Cleptomaniacs' "All I Do" and the Timo Maas dub mix of Placebo's "Special K." In sum, no surprises here if you're already acquainted with the Minstry of Sound brand and its countless mix albums.

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