Various Artists

Ultra Clubs

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Ultra Clubs compiles a broad selection of the most popular dance songs in France circa 2000/2001. Since this collection is put together by Virgin Records, cost really wasn't an issue, and that's quite evident when you look at the track listing, which features a number of massive international hits. Some of the more noteworthy tracks here include Moby's "Natural Blues," Mauro Picotto's "Komodo," the "Jan Driver Mix" of Laurent Garnier's "The Man With the Red Face," Moloko's "Indigo," the "David Morales Happy Mix Edit" of Photek's "Mine to Give," the "Timo Maas Rmx" of Azzido da Bass' "Dooms Night," and the "Futureshock Main Response" version of the Chemical Brothers' "Music: Response." All of these tracks were popular around the world, not just in France but also on both sides of the Atlantic. Furthermore, there are songs like Planetfunk's "Chase the Sun" and Etienne de Crecy's "Am I Wrong" that weren't quite as popular on an international scale but were hits in France nonetheless. Since the emphasis of this collection is more on popularity than continuity, the album often abruptly shifts from one style to another, most often from disco-house to trance and then back again with the occasional anomaly like "Natural Blues" thrown in. Nonetheless, there's no shortage of popular songs here, and that's probably why you'd seek this out. If you want a mixed collection of popular dance, you're better off seeking out a Ministry of Sound collection instead.

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