RELEASE
October 23, 2001
LABEL
Ministry of Sound
GENRES
Electronica, Progressive Trance, Trance, Club/Dance

Album Review

Before this epic double-disc set for Ministry of Sound, the most respected spinner in progressive trance circles had never released a mix album (barring only a free CD given away with copies of Muzik magazine). While inside the booklet, Van Dyk discourses on the social ramifications of dance music as youth culture (therein the title), the music has a bit more energy. Trance fans will immediately gravitate to the driving one-note basslines, unmissable breakdowns, and occasional vocal tracks from appropriately ethereal females, though The Politics of Dancing isn't at all dance-by-numbers. Besides venturing into breakbeat and even house territory, Van Dyk also indulges in much post-production of his mix. Though often considered a sin in DJ circles, it's wholly welcome here. Most listeners here are playing along at home, after all, and a few well-placed effects are all that's needed to keep attention up. He crafts a nice transition from "Killin' Me" by Timo Maas to "B.W.Y." by Maji Na Damu and plays with his own remix of U2's "Elevation," working it into the own-production "Autumn." As difficult as it is for any trance mix album to rise from the rut of inferior product, The Politics of Dancing accomplishes at least one of the missions in the title (yes, the liner-note essay is a bit daft).
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Digital Reasonhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  2. Innocence [Paul Van Dyk Mix]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  3. Firsthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  4. Feeling Good [Original Version]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  5. Vega/I Wanthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  6. Another Late Thursdayhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  7. Rapture (Tastes So Sweet)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  8. Superconcious (So Alive)http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  9. Killin' Mehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  10. B.W.Yhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  11. Elevationhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  12. Autumnhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  13. Cristallehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  14. Furthermosthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  15. Four Dayshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  16. Empirehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  17. Out Therehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  18. Shout, C'mon [Coast to Coast Mix]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  19. Epic Monolithhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  20. Massivehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  21. Questions Must Be Askedhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  22. Activityhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  23. Interferencehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  24. Secrets & Lies [Solid Session Mix]http://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  25. Reach Mehttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  26. Resethttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  27. Into the Nighthttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  28. Let's Gohttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  29. In Progresshttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  30. Section Ohttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  31. Club Attackhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  32. Starchildrenhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
  33. Dreamlandhttp://click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/stat?id=GPa6cpPdL08&offerid=162397&type=3&subid=0&tmpid=3664&u1=EI000000004300000004070010074436&RD_PARM1=http%253A%252F%252Fitunes.apple.com%252Falbum%252Fthe-politics-of-dancing-2%252Fid78953599%253Fuo%253D5%2526s%253D143455
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