Music: Various Artists - Ibiza 1991-2009 ****
(Ministry of Sound)
The world's most famous clubbing mecca has done a great job reinventing itself in recent years. Tarnished by the excruciating tackniess of Ibiza Uncovered-style reality television, Ibiza has now reverted back to a sexy and stylish destination, led by the original superclubs Pacha and Space and their better-looking Spanish and Italian clientele. Most of the lager louts are now nowhere to be seen.
This is a timely compilation of Ibiza anthems that also manages to avoid the White Isle's cheesier side. It's outstanding value for money. You can download all 63 tracks and 3 mixes on iTunes for the bargain basement price of €4.99. It's a canny bit of business from Ministry of Sound and could well point the way for cheap and cheerful compliations in the future.
What you get for your paltry few bucks are true classics, such as Vooodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerard and dancefloor bangers including the Timo Maas remix of Doom's Night. The likes of Basement Jaxx, X-Press 2, Roger Sanchez, Laurent Garnier and Groove Armada all get a look in. Ministry wisely steer clear from anything that would risk sounding dated. Hence, you don't get anything along the lines of 9pm Til I Come by Café Del Mar.
It's nice to see A Man Called Adam getting a look in as they're an underrated act that pioneered the sun-kissed Balearic beats genre. Paul Daley went on to bigger and better things as one half of Leftfield, but it's good to hear the opposite end of the dance spectrum being represented.
You won't get so much music anywhere else for under a fiver and it's better value than €50 for a ticket into one of San Antonio's foam-party meat markets.
Burn it: Doom's Night -- Timo Maas Remix; London X-Press -- X-Press 2