Ministry Of Sound

Ministry Of Sound

Profile:
In 1991, Jamie Palumbo, son of British property developer Lord Peter Palumbo, opened his first Ministry of Sound 'super club' in South London. Over the next fifteen years, the MoS brand / logo has grown into a multinational franchise with dance clubs throughout Asia and Europe. In the mid-1990s, Ministry of Sound launched its record label which featured Trance and House music compilations, DJ mixes and artists.

Referred to as the United Kingdom's largest independent label, MoS has further diversified its operation via launching satellite / internet radio stations and selling DRM-free downloads on their websites. At the turn of the millennium, Ministry of Sound Australia Ltd and Ministry of Sound Germany GmbH were established. The German branch of Ministry of Sound became independent from the UK headquarters in 2007 and changed its name to Embassy of Music three years later. In August 2016, Ministry of Sound was acquired by the UK branch of Sony Music Entertainment.

In the United States, Ministry of Sound non-import releases were relabeled and distributed through Ultra Records, while in Spain they were released through Blanco y Negro.

Regional Ministry of Sound Offices:
¤ Ministry of Sound Ltd: Cremorne NSW, Australia (Formed 2000)
¤ Ministry of Sound GmbH: Berlin, Germany (Formed 2000)
¤ Ministry of Sound Music Group Nordic: Stockholm
Sweden (Formed 2001 as Sub-label of Bonnier Amigo Music)

Catalog numbers system guides: Ministry of Sound
Also Known As MoS, Ministry of Sound Pty Ltd, Ministry of Sound Recordings Limited, M.O.S. Recordings Ltd

Label Code LC 11683
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Contact Info:
Ministry of Sound
103 Gaunt Street
London, SE1 6DP
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7740 8600
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7403 5348
Email: mosmail@ministryofsound.com
Sites:
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
00000 KDA featuring Tinie Tempah Turn The Music Louder(CD-ROM, Promo) Ministry Of Sound 00000 UK Unknown Sell This Version
ПР3 CD02058 Anjunabeats Worldwide 03  album cover Arty (2) And Daniel Kandi Arty (2) And Daniel Kandi - Anjunabeats Worldwide 03(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) TME, Open Gate Records ПР3 CD02058 Russia 2011 Sell This Version
12TIV-164 Flawless  album cover The Ones Flawless(12") Positiva 12TIV-164 UK & Europe 2001 Sell This Version
0000022MIN 25 Records Presents 25 Songs  album cover Various 25 Records Presents 25 Songs(2xCD, Comp) 25 Records (2), Ministry Of Sound 0000022MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
000 002-2 MIS Ian Pooley Heaven(CD, Single, Promo) Ministry Of Sound 000 002-2 MIS Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000032MIN Souvenirs  album cover Ian Pooley Souvenirs (Album) 0000032MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000042MIN 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 2  album cover Various 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 2(2xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound, 25 Records (2) 0000042MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000052MIN 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 3  album cover Various 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 3(2xCD, Comp) 25 Records (2), Ministry Of Sound 0000052MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000062MIN Testament Of House - The Second Prophecy  album cover Knee Deep Testament Of House - The Second Prophecy (Comp) 0000062MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000072MIN Ariels  album cover Bent Ariels(CD, Album, Promo) Ministry Of Sound 0000072MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000082MIN Clubber's Guide To... Berlin  album cover Various Clubber's Guide To... Berlin(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 0000082MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0000092MIN Clubbers Guide Ibiza '05  album cover Various Clubbers Guide Ibiza '05(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0000092MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version
0000102MIN Testament Of House - The Third Prophecy  album cover Knee Deep Testament Of House - The Third Prophecy(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0000102MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0000112MIN Neue Heimat 5 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)  album cover Various Neue Heimat 5 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound, Modernsoul 0000112MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0407-2 TranceXpress Vol.01  album cover Various TranceXpress Vol.01(CD, Comp) Одиссей, Планета Хитов 0407-2 Ukraine 2003 Sell This Version
ТР-834 Clubbers Guide 2012. Russian Edition  album cover Various Clubbers Guide 2012. Russian Edition(CD, Comp, Mixed) Танцевальный Рай, Ministry Of Sound ТР-834 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
ТР-838 The Annual 2013  album cover Various The Annual 2013(CD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Танцевальный Рай, Ministry Of Sound ТР-838 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
09.03 West Koast Kooler  album cover Shane Norton West Koast Kooler(CD, Mixed) Ministry Magazine Australia, OffWorld Sounds, Derwent Howard, Ministry Of Sound 09.03 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
2010 Ministry Of Sound : The Annual 2010 One Year. One Album.  album cover Various Ministry Of Sound : The Annual 2010 One Year. One Album.(2xCD, Comp) Cat Music 2010 Romania 2010 Sell This Version
2619 The Annual 2005 Deluxe  album cover Various The Annual 2005 Deluxe(Cass, Comp) Ministry Of Sound, Universal 2619 Indonesia 2005 Sell This Version
3785-2 TheAnnualRomania2005 CD1  album cover Various TheAnnualRomania2005 CD1(CD, Comp) NRG!A 3785-2 Romania 2005 Sell This Version
04618 MOS Ministry Of Sound - Tour 2000  album cover Various Ministry Of Sound - Tour 2000(CD, Enh, Ltd, Mixed, Smplr) Ministry Of Sound, Ministry Of Sound 04618 MOS Europe 2000 Sell This Version
0009019MIN Different  album cover Kate Ryan Different(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Sushi Tunes, Antler-Subway 0009019MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0009037MIN Ritmo De Bacardi Vol. 4  album cover Milk & Sugar Ritmo De Bacardi Vol. 4(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Ministry Of Sound 0009037MIN Germany 2003 Sell This Version
0009044MIN The Everlasting Blink  album cover Bent The Everlasting Blink(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound 0009044MIN Germany 2003 Sell This Version
0009049MIN Unverwundbar  album cover Klee Unverwundbar(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Modernsoul 0009049MIN Germany 2003 Sell This Version
0009050MIN The Annual 2005  album cover Various The Annual 2005(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0009050MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
009058MIN Skip And His Elephant  album cover Hacienda Skip And His Elephant (Album) 009058MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0009059MIN The Annual 2006  album cover Various The Annual 2006(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0009059MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version
0009069MIN The Annual Spring 2006  album cover Various The Annual Spring 2006(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0009069MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010042MIN Brazilution (Música Elecrónica Com Sabor Do Brasil) Edição 5.2  album cover Various Brazilution (Música Elecrónica Com Sabor Do Brasil) Edição 5.2(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010042MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010052MIN Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 5  album cover Various Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 5 (Comp) 0010052MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010055MIN Hear My Name  album cover Armand Van Helden Hear My Name(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound, Hedonism 0010055MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010062MIN Clubber’s Guide To Ibiza 2004  album cover Various Clubber’s Guide To Ibiza 2004(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010062MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010072MIN Audio Out  album cover Amiel Audio Out(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound 0010072MIN Europe 2004 Sell This Version
0010082MIN Where Are You Now?  album cover Ian Van Dahl Where Are You Now?(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound 0010082MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010121MIN Digital Tenderness  album cover Terranova Digital Tenderness(2xLP, Album, Gat) Ministry Of Sound, Edition Terranova 0010121MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010122MIN Digital Tenderness  album cover Terranova Digital Tenderness (Album) 0010122MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010142MIN Opa Opa  album cover Despina Vandi Opa Opa(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound, Heaven Music, Mach1 Records 0010142MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010162MIN Stronger  album cover Kate Ryan Stronger(CD, Album) Sushi Tunes, Antler-Subway, Ministry Of Sound 0010162MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0010182MIN Brazilution 5.3  album cover Various Brazilution 5.3(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010182MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version
0010192MIN Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 6  album cover Various Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 6(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010192MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0010232MIN Sessions  album cover Derrick Carter Sessions(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound, Ministry Of Sound 0010232MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0010392MIN Real Rave Classics  album cover Various Real Rave Classics(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 0010392MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2006 Sell This Version
0010402MIN Real House Classics  album cover Various Real House Classics(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 0010402MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010452MIN Clubbers Guide Germany '06  album cover Various Clubbers Guide Germany '06(CD, Comp, Enh, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010452MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010462MIN Clubber's Guide To Ibiza '06  album cover Various Clubber's Guide To Ibiza '06(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010462MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010472MIN Sensation - The World's Leading Dance Event  album cover Various Sensation - The World's Leading Dance Event(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Ministry Of Sound, ID&T 0010472MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010492MIN Clubbers Guide Berlin 06  album cover Various Clubbers Guide Berlin 06(CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010492MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
14404 DCD Alles Gute Vor Uns (Live On Tour)  album cover Xavier Naidoo Alles Gute Vor Uns (Live On Tour)(2xCD) Naidoo Records 14404 DCD Germany 2003 Sell This Version
016627-4 The Politics Of Dancing  album cover Paul van Dyk The Politics Of Dancing(2xCass, Comp, Mixed) Magic Records, Universal, Ministry Of Sound 016627-4 Poland 2001 Sell This Version
017 894-2 Ministry Of Sound  album cover Various Ministry Of Sound(CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound, Planetworks 017 894-2 Greece 2002 Sell This Version
0030015MIN Mulata  album cover Raul Paz Mulata(CD, Album) Naïve, Ministry Of Sound 0030015MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0030045MIN Call On Me  album cover Eric Prydz Call On Me(CD, Maxi, Enh) Badabing, Ministry Of Sound 0030045MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0030075 MIN Out Of Touch  album cover Uniting Nations Out Of Touch(CD, Maxi, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030075 MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0030112MIN Forwards  album cover The Egg Forwards(CD, Album, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030112MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0030115MIN Wall  album cover The Egg Wall(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound 0030115MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030142MIN George Is On  album cover Deep Dish George Is On(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Positiva, Deep Dish Records 0030142MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030145MIN Say Hello  album cover Deep Dish Say Hello (Single, Maxi) 0030145MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030152MIN Together We're Heavy  album cover The Polyphonic Spree Together We're Heavy(CD, Album, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030152MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030165MIN Jezabel  album cover Milk & Sugar Feat. Lizzy Pattinson Milk & Sugar Feat. Lizzy Pattinson - Jezabel(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound, Milk & Sugar Recordings 0030165MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030172MIN On A Mission  album cover Milk & Sugar On A Mission(CD, Comp, Mixed) Milk & Sugar Recordings, Ministry Of Sound 0030172MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030182MIN Stereo Also Playable Mono  album cover MakroSoft Stereo Also Playable Mono (Album) 0030182MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0030195MIN Push  album cover Shaun Baker Push 0030195MIN Germany 2006
0030205MIN Je T'Adore  album cover Kate Ryan Je T'Adore(CD, Single, Enh) Ministry Of Sound, Sushi Tunes, 2Brains Records, Kulak 0030205MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2006 Sell This Version
0030212MIN Presents More Crazy Hits  album cover Crazy Frog Presents More Crazy Hits(CD, Album, Enh) Ministry Of Sound, M1_Recordings 0030212MIN Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0030215MIN Easy  album cover Trick & Kubic Feat. Valeska* Trick & Kubic Feat. Valeska* - Easy(CD, Maxi, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030215MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0030235MIN All Together Now (Strong Together)  album cover Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten - All Together Now (Strong Together)(CD, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030235MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0030236MIN All Together Now (Strong Together)  album cover Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten - All Together Now (Strong Together)(CD, Single) Ministry Of Sound 0030236MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0030245MIN We Are The Champions (Ding A Dang Dong)  album cover Crazy Frog We Are The Champions (Ding A Dang Dong)(CD, Single, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030245MIN Europe 2006 Sell This Version
100 308-2 Ministry Of Sound (We Love Switzerland)  album cover DJ Nick Bridges* Ministry Of Sound (We Love Switzerland)(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 100 308-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
105221 Rise Up - Fly Over The Rainbow  album cover Yves Larock Rise Up - Fly Over The Rainbow(12", W/Lbl, Sta) Ministry Of Sound 105221 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
108 402-2 The Politics Of Dancing  album cover Paul van Dyk The Politics Of Dancing(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 108 402-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
108 407-2 The Annual 2002  album cover Various The Annual 2002(2xCD, Comp, Mixed + Box, Ltd) Ministry Of Sound 108 407-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
108 413-2 Neue Heimat (Electronic Music Made In Germany)  album cover Various Neue Heimat (Electronic Music Made In Germany)(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 108 413-2 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
108 415-2 Back To The Old Skool  album cover Various Back To The Old Skool(2xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 415-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 427-2 She Moves (La La La)  album cover Karaja She Moves (La La La)(CD, Maxi) Sushi Tunes, Ministry Of Sound 108 427-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 431-2 Clubber's Guide To... Ibiza 2002  album cover Various Clubber's Guide To... Ibiza 2002(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 108 431-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 432-2 Neue Heimat 2 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)  album cover Various Neue Heimat 2 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)(2xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 432-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 433-2 Kula Karma - A Selection Of Exclusive Oriental Vibes  album cover Various Kula Karma - A Selection Of Exclusive Oriental Vibes(2xCD, Comp, Dig) Ministry Of Sound, Ministry Of Sound 108 433-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108438-2 All That Mattered (Love You Down)  album cover De Nuit All That Mattered (Love You Down)(CD, Single, Promo) Badabing, Ministry Of Sound 108438-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 441-2 Erinner Dich  album cover Klee Erinner Dich(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound 108 441-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 444 2 Siesta II Sunset At Pikes Ibiza  album cover Various Siesta II Sunset At Pikes Ibiza(CD, Album, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 444 2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 445-2 Electroclash Compilation  album cover Various Electroclash Compilation(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 445-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 446-2 Désenchantée  album cover Kate Ryan Désenchantée(CD, Maxi) Sushi Tunes, Ministry Of Sound 108 446-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 447-2 The Annual 2003  album cover Various The Annual 2003(3xCD, Comp, Mixed + Box, Ltd) Ministry Of Sound 108 447-2 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
108 448-2 Headliners - The New Generation  album cover Moguai Headliners - The New Generation(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Ministry Of Sound 108 448-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 451-2 Hecho En Cuba  album cover Various Hecho En Cuba(CD, Comp, Dig) Ministry Of Sound 108 451-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 452-2 Contemplation  album cover Josh One Contemplation(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound, Hedonism, 1-Off Recordings 108 452-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 453-1 Brazilution  album cover Various Brazilution(3xLP, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 453-1 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 455-1 Brazilution - 4 Track Teaser EP  album cover Various Brazilution - 4 Track Teaser EP(12", EP) Ministry Of Sound 108 455-1 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 455-2 Neue Heimat 3 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)  album cover Various Neue Heimat 3 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 108 455-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 456-2 Different  album cover Kate Ryan Different(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Sushi Tunes, Antler-Subway, Ministry Of Sound 108 456-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
108 460-2 Deng Deng Deng(12") Ministry Of Sound 108 460-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 462-2 The Anthem  album cover NG3 The Anthem (Maxi) 108 462-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 463-2 Ritmo De Bacardi Vol. 4  album cover Milk & Sugar Ritmo De Bacardi Vol. 4(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Ministry Of Sound 108 463-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 464-2 Wind Of Change 2003  album cover Illusion (4) Wind Of Change 2003(CD, Single) Ministry Of Sound 108 464-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 469-2 The Soul Of Disco (Rare And Soulful Pearls From The Golden Era Of Disco)  album cover Various The Soul Of Disco (Rare And Soulful Pearls From The Golden Era Of Disco)(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 469-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 471-2 Axel F 2003  album cover Murphy Brown vs. Captain Hollywood Murphy Brown vs. Captain Hollywood - Axel F 2003(CD, Maxi) Bigroom Records, Ministry Of Sound 108 471-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
157 605-2 Kiss House Nation 2000  album cover Various Kiss House Nation 2000(2xCD, Comp) Universal Music TV, Universal Music TV, Universal Music TV 157 605-2 UK 2000 Sell This Version

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arklowgirlxx

arklowgirlxx

March 2, 2016
To be honest went to ministry a few times in 90's and whilst pretty good vibe it always had the feel of the end of real dance music and welcome to the superclub and £30 entrance . Best club I went to back in the day was Progress in Derby they used to get Sasha/ Healy / Digweed etc playing the whole night for £500 quid back in the day and the club held a great vibe up till about 1999.
caio.ck1

caio.ck1

February 8, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
WELL...
I CAN RESUME IT ALL ON THIS WAY:

...ONCE UPON A TIME...MINISTRY OF SOUND WAS BORN. AFTER MIDDLE 1997 IT BECAME INVADED MOSTLY BY CRAPPY SOUND MUSICS AND THEM GROWN UP TO BE :

"MINISTRY OF TRASH"

telwin5000

telwin5000

March 11, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
While i agree with what people have said about the commercial aspects of the compilation releases etc the club itself has stayed true. i was at ministry last night, first time since 1995 and the place just has,nt changed a bit. just like of old a lot of the time the sound seems bass heavy but at about 3am the sounds became super clear, stripped down house music where all the dynamics are in the snares and hats and it just cant be beaten.
I have many records from their various labels and this can vary from ultra specialist house music to the absolute commercial and everything in between, take your pick.
iljin1

iljin1

July 18, 2010
edited over 8 years ago
We don't need any reviews about Ministry Of Sound anymore because they show why they are in the music business... As word come out Ministry of Sound is sending letters to downloaders "forcing" them to pay or the downloader is getting sued. This has no legal basis whatsoever.
Apparently MOS is in it for stealing money out of your pockets and not for making or publishing good music.
Ministry of Money is showing what it is really all about: making money.
duketranslucent3rd

duketranslucent3rd

December 4, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
Mr Jay is largely correct about MOS, though in fairness we should remember the good things about them. For one, they are the biggest name in all-encompassing dance music in the UK. They may focus on the commercial stuff, but that's how many of us got into the proper house/trance. They are an accessible entry into the wider world of this genre, a function immitated in other genres too.

Seconldly it's not all pap, as some have pointed out. Their club is decent (it's pricey but they play an intelligent mix in there rather than the contents of their Annuals) and their online radio is very good - diverse in output and respected. OK the shows are sub-contracted at least they're associating themselves with good music and putting out for free.

But, yes there are downpoints. They used to be choice; now they're at the bottom of people's CD collections. They don't help themselves with their relentless push for money by releasing the same songs (the same track can appear on so many CDs - some supposedly successors to others in a series). And their label often justifies the widespread cynism about dance music: that is is full of talentless girls singing provactively in sex-driven music vids.
madinirose1

madinirose1

June 25, 2003
As everyone here knows The Ministry of Sound is a huge label/nightclub out of the UK who has helped spread electronic dance music to all four corners of the globe. As a matter of fact, the Ministry "educated" me about house music when I re-discovered it in 1996. Their "DJ Sessions CDs (especially Sessions 1 - 9)" were fabulous and still hold up despite the passage of time. However, MOS is loosing the edge they once had. I guess that's what happens when an organization gets so large. Innovation suffers. MOS produced several CD series that were really excellent but it now seems that all they are interested in is cramming as many recycled, overplayed tracks they can on a double cd so you're stuck with only 2-3 minute snippet of each track. And what's even sadder is their "chill-out" selections. The MOS "Late Night Sessions" were mind-blowing and powerful (all three of them)! Nowadays, they don't even to have a DJ compile the tracks anyone (e.g. Chill-out Sessions Series). It's really sad. Ministry of Sound is no longer on my radar screen anymore. That's probably because everytime I look at a tracklisting of any of their CDs, I can't help but think, "Been, there, done that."
Jooles

Jooles

April 12, 2003
Ministry of Sound are part of the wider phenomenon of "dance" music going mainstream. A phenomenon which has been going on a long time, and which is here to stay.

Back in the day, when the Orb were indeed doing the Chill Out thing so much better, and today's 30-somethings were in their early twenties or late teens, and outdoor raves weren't sponsored, and the underground club scene really was for the true fanatics, and "Artifical Intelligence" was ahead of it's time, the idea of something like the Ministry of Sound even existing seemed impossible. Surely, this stuff could never become commercialized? The mainstream will never buy it!

But good vibes sells, and I reckon it was always inevitable that the marketing men would make some serious money out of dance culture. Look back to the early 90s and the commercial dance compilations were already there back then: Move the House, Serious Beats, Turn Up the Bass... Admittedly, not selling as many truckloads as Chill Out Ibiza Vol. 235, but the targets had already been set by the big industry players.

I agree that most of what Ministry of Sound releases is drivvle, but at the end of the day, it's big bizness, and we all have the right to not buy it!

Someone pass me the Vicks, a lightstick, and some half-time oranges!
Mr.Jay

Mr.Jay

September 10, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
Ministry Of Sound have a reputation to maintain as a cutting edge establishment given to pushing underground music to a reputable crowd who thrive on new talent... blah blah blah.

Bollocks - Ministry Of Sound is dedicated to pushing music 5 years past it's sell by date to a clientele who would never notice because they are more preoccupied with how they look, what they are seen drinking and just how bloody great they think they are thanks to a few lines of expensive Colombian powder. But you won't read that in Ministry magazine - they'll be too preoccupied trying to sell you a 'Ministry Of Sound' puffa jacket.

Think I'm joking? My how original those 'Chillout Sessions' must seem to a crowd who have only just jumped on the chill-out bandwagon after experiancing Cafe Del Mar when they last went out to Ibiza (it must be good, Ministry mag recommends it!) - sorry folks, The Orb and others were doing it better in '93. Mind you it probably seemed better then because anyone in a chill out room back in them days was there because they loved the music and there was not a hint of Gucci or Paul Smith to be seen.

Something cutting edge for the punters? Top move - send 'Judge' Jules out to buy all the trance that even Return To The Source would deem to shite to play to even thier most tripped out punter. Tell your customers that it's THE BIG THING at the moment - they wouldn't be seen dead in a hippy hole like Escape From Satsuma so will probably take your word for it!

If you want a reason why there is so much benal drivel going on in dance music, a reason to complain about extortianate prices to get into a club to hear someone play other peoples records for silly money, a reason to moan about many clubs charging stupid money for a bottle of water or just a reason to hate the armies of brainless morons lining the check-out of Top Shop every Saturday morning, I'll give you three words for free... Ministry Of Sound. Enjoy - it's the only time you'll get something connected to that organisation for nothing.

9pm 'til I come? Cold Day In Hell more like!