Various - Club Anthems 2007
Welcome, dance fans, to what could easily be the worst dance compilation of 2007! No lie, this is one of those thrown-together and ill-advised mixes that lend weight to the suggestion that dance music is dead.
So, you're thinking it really can't be that bad, right? The first disc opens with Axwell's old-skool I Found You, which is near-perfect in its instrumental incarnation but loses all its power within the vocal mix radio edit. Guess which version's featured here. Brief respite is found in the silly but fun Go! Team rip-off Can't Stop Movin' from Sonny J but the rest of the tracklisting should have any fan of inventive dance music running for the underground. Tracks from Calvin Harris, Armand Van Helden and Fedde Le Grand are fine (if nothing special) but suffer from being old news. The remaining tracks blend into one tacky mess, all overdone female house vocals and uninspired hooks. You can almost imagine it soundtracking a party scene in Hollyoaks.
The second disc is better, kicking off with The Chemical Brothers and a Kanye-free Daft Punk. However, the other tracks here worthy of repeat listen (courtesy of Mylo, Josh Wink, The Source feat. Candi Staton) are similarly well-recognised and, well, nothing new. If you're looking for material that isn't already featured on every compilation going, there's the soulful What Am I Fighting For from UnkleJam, thankfully in its original form unlike the pointless remix of a cover version that is the Dirty South touch-up of Mark Ronson's Stop Me. All you've got left after that are a couple of Tiesto tracks and the cheesy-but-catchy White Lies from Paul Van Dyk. Hardly essential, eh?