If you were around for the days of superclubs, furry day-glo boots and Eurotrance, this'll take you back!
Were you around when clubbing was an institution? Back in the late 90s/early 00s, when the UK scene was dominated by superclubs like Gatecrasher, Godskitchen, Cream, Ministry Of Sound and Escape, the sound that dominated dancefloors both here and in Ibiza was big room trance. There were certain pivotal figures who were responsible for making the sound the behemoth it became, and one of those people was Dave Pearce. At the time, he had his Dance Anthems show on Radio 1 every Sunday, played regularly at all the superclubs and ran his own trance label, Nu Life.
With this album, Dave celebrates that golden era with a three-CD mix collection (also available as a digital download) which features tracks that powered dancefloors from the UK to Ibiza week in week out, and what a fine trip down Memory Lane it is. It features many a festival favourite like Paul Van Dyk’s For An Angel, Energy 52’s Café Del Mar and Robert Miles’ Children, and all of the club anthems that have become timeless classics, such as Rank 1's Airwave, Delirium's Silence and Gouryella's Gouryella. In total there are 55 tracks featured on this mammoth anthology, including not just the big anthems but also some of the tracks that were lesser known but deserve a place in this playlist.
So whether you were one of the trance army of that time or are new to the sound, this album represents a body of work from some of dance music’s greatest producers - and an essential period in dance music history that cannot be ignored. Those halcyon days will never come back, but with this album you can experience the sound of one of dance music’s greatest eras all over again, and for that reason it comes highly recommended.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 30 March
Review Score: 9