Once again we are revisiting some older work made by Paul van Dyk. In 2001 PvD released The Politics of Dancing. That album was one of the most diverse, well planned compilations ever made. Four years later, The Politics of Dancing 2 came out on multiple labels and proved to be an even more successful release. These two albums embody all the major components needed to make a great compilation: excellent track selection, first-class mixing, and solid flow. Paul accomplishes all of these in this 2005 release, possibly even a little bit better than in the first album. Disc 1 is a bit more on the progressive side, with deeper tracks and an overall more relaxed feel to it. At this time Andy Moor was at the top of his game, and you can hear 4 of his productions in this album. His remix of Jose Zamora’s Transatlantic is amazing, and his collaboration on Whiteroom’s Somday is a classic. The first disc is filled with beautiful songs, exemplified by the Marty Leama & Andy Moor remix of Getting Away. Other notable tracks in the first mix include Purple Haze’s Adrenaline, Lolo’s Why, and the Rank 1 remix of Lyteo.

Disc 2 is when Paul really lets it go with harder hitting songs, although he still doesn’t match the intensity that he brought with his live sets in the same time period. The first 5 tracks add a bit of house into the mix, including two tracks by Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello, and Simon and Shaker. From there the speed gets turned up with productions by Giuseppe Ottaviani and Marco V. At this time Marco V’s 200V album was just coming out, which is another classic that I hope to share in the near future. To close out the second half of this mix, Thomas Bronzwaer’s Close Horizon and Mark Norman’s T34 really build up the energy which lead to epic productions by Dallas and Wellenrausch. Perasma’s Swing to Harmony and the 93 returning remix of Nothing were also instant classics when they came out, so I’m glad they were included in here.

Trance in 2005 saw some really nice commercially released compilation albums, including Armin’s ASOT 2005, Markus’ Miami 05, and Tiesto’s ISOS 4. Here we get Paul van Dyk’s contribution to the pot, and it is comparable in quality to all the others. Of course Paul’s live sets at this time were 10x better, but this is still a really nice collection of songs to own.

CD1
01 Alex Gold – String Theory
02 Tranquility Base – Getting Away (Leama & Moor Remix)
03 Calmec – Tangerine
04 Jose Zamora – Transatlantic (Andy Moor Remix)
05 Shiloh – Dream On (Luke Chable Remix)
06 Walsh and Coutre feat. Holly – Burn
07 Thomas Datt – Alone
08 Lolo – Why?
09 Purple Haze – Adrenaline
10 Kuffdam and Plant – Summerdream
11 Filo & Peri feat. Fisher – Closer Now
12 White Water – The Unknown
13 Marc van Linden – Forbidden Love
14 Whiteroom – Someday (Instrumental Mix)
15 Kyau vs. Albert – Falling Anywhere (Rework)
16 Mr. Sam – Lyteo (Rank 1 Remix)
17 Solange – Messages (Paul van Dyk Remix)

CD2
01 Paul van Dyk – The Other Side
02 Jose Amnesia – Second Day (Martin Roth Remix)
03 Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso – Yeah
04 Simon and Shaker – Make It (Dub Mix)
05 Yellow Blackbird – Superfly (Andy Moor Remix)
06 Guiseppe Ottaviani – Linking People
07 Marco V – More Than a Life Away (Album extended)
08 Thomas Bronzwaer – Close Horizon
09 Mark Norman – T34
10 CJ Stone – Shine (Heart of Stone Mix)
11 Santiago Nino – Believe (Max Graham’s Sidechain Remix)
12 Perasma – Swing to Harmony
13 Dallas – Superstar
14 Wellenrausch- Carry On
15 James Holden – Nothing (93 Returning Mix)