The journey back through time continues with this highly educational mix put together by Matthias Paul, better known as Paul van Dyk. Before Armin’s Universal Religion, there was PvD’s Politics of Dancing. This is PvD’s very first official mix album, and it came out in 2001 under the Ministry of Sound label. Like most of his older sets, this album contains a nice mix of house, trance, and even some breakbeats. This variety is blended beautifully together with great mixing and post-production touches. Make sure you check out the inside sleeve for Paul’s concept behind this album. It is a bit idealist, but it does carry a nice positive message for the proliferation of dance music. This was one of the first trance albums I ever purchased, and it still holds value even today. Some of my favorites from this album include Into the Night, Rapture, Dreamland, and Interference. This was a very good introduction into the trance world in 2001, and I would still recommend it to anyone who is curious about this genre of dance music.

Paul van Dyk – The Politics of Dancing (2001)
CD1
01 Ashtrax – Digital Reason
02 Joker Jam – Innocence (Paul van Dyk Remix)
03 Private Taste – First
04 Jimpy – Feeling Good (Original Version)
05 Paul van Dyk – Vega (Starecase Remix) & Filmpalast – I Want (Acapella)
06 Southern Comforter – Another Late Thursday
07 iiO – Rapture (Paul Van Dyk Remix)
08 Sipping Soma – Superconcious (So Alive) (Dubbed Coast 2 Coast House Mix)
09 Timo Maas – Killin’ Me (Jan Driver Remix)
10 Maji Na Damu – B.W.Y. (DJ 19 & H. Garden Remix)
11 U2 – Elevation (Paul van Dyk Remix)
12 Paul van Dyk – Autumn
13 Viframa – Cristalle
14 Solicitous – Furthermost (Pure Pleasure Mix)
15 Subsky – Four Days (Gil Remix)
16 Second Sun – Empire (Paul van Dyk Remix)
17 Paul van Dyk – Out There



CD2
01 Sagitaire – Shout, C’mon (Coast 2 Coast Mix)
02 Mirco de Govia – Epic Monolith
03 Ralphie B – Massive (Paul van Dyk Remix)
04 David Forbes – Questions Must Be Asked (Magica Mix)
05 Way Out West – Activity
06 Connector – Interference
07 Blank & Jones – Secrets & Lies (Solid Sessions Remix)
08 Lexicon 4 – Reach Me
09 Jamnesia – Reset
10 4 Strings – Into The Night
11 Active X – Let’s Go (Vank Mix)
12 Signum – In Progress
13 Walter & Gelder – Section O
14 Solid Sleep – Club Attack (Paul van Dyk Remix)
15 Guardians of The Earth – Starchildren (Quasi Dub)
16 Nu NRG – Dreamland