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: [email protected]
Sites:

Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
00000001 Logan D, Brockie, Funky Flirt, Nicky Blackmarket, Devious D, Papa Gee, Sparxx, Sly (4), Distorted Minds, Ruffstuff, Probe, Kane (2) - Kool 15  years in the making Logan D, Brockie, Funky Flirt, Nicky Blackmarket, Devious D, Papa Gee, Sparxx, Sly (4), Distorted Minds, Ruffstuff, Probe, Kane (2) Logan D, Brockie, Funky Flirt, Nicky Blackmarket, Devious D, Papa Gee, Sparxx, Sly (4), Distorted Minds, Ruffstuff, Probe, Kane (2) - Kool 15 years in the making(6xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 00000001 UK 2007 Sell This Version
0000012MIN Various - Neue Heimat 4 (Electronic Music Made In Germany) Various Neue Heimat 4 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)(2xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 0000012MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000022MIN Various - 25 Records Presents 25 Songs 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 Ian Pooley Heaven(CD, Single, Promo) Ministry Of Sound 000 002-2 MIS Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000032MIN Ian Pooley - Souvenirs Ian Pooley Souvenirs (Album) 0000032MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000042MIN Various - 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 2 Various 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 2(2xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound, 25 Records (2) 0000042MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000052MIN Various - 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 3 Various 25 Records Presents 25 Songs Vol. 3(2xCD, Comp) 25 Records (2), Ministry Of Sound 0000052MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000062MIN Knee Deep - Testament Of House - The Second Prophecy Knee Deep Testament Of House - The Second Prophecy (Comp) 0000062MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000072MIN Bent - Ariels Bent Ariels (Album) 0000072MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0000082MIN Various - Clubber's Guide To... Berlin Various Clubber's Guide To... Berlin(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 0000082MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0000092MIN Various - Clubber's Guide Ibiza '05 Various Clubber's Guide Ibiza '05(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0000092MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version
0000102MIN Knee Deep - Testament Of House (The Third Prophecy) Knee Deep Testament Of House (The Third Prophecy)(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0000102MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0000112MIN Various - Neue Heimat 5 (Electronic Music Made In Germany) Various Neue Heimat 5 (Electronic Music Made In Germany)(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound, Modernsoul 0000112MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0407-2 Various - TranceXpress Vol.01 Various TranceXpress Vol.01(CD, Comp) Одиссей, Планета Хитов 0407-2 Ukraine 2003 Sell This Version
0582-2 Various - Clubbers Guide México 2003 Various Clubbers Guide México 2003(CD, Comp + 2xCD, Mixed + DVD-V, Comp, NTSC) Ministry Of Sound, +Mas 0582-2 Mexico 2003 Sell This Version
ТР-834 Various - Clubbers Guide 2012. Russian Edition Various Clubbers Guide 2012. Russian Edition(CD, Comp, Mixed) Танцевальный Рай, Ministry Of Sound ТР-834 Russia 2012 Sell This Version
ТР-838 Various - The Annual 2013 Various The Annual 2013(CD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Танцевальный Рай, Ministry Of Sound ТР-838 Russia 2013 Sell This Version
09.03 Shane Norton - West Koast Kooler Shane Norton West Koast Kooler(CD, Mixed) Ministry Magazine Australia, OffWorld Sounds, Derwent Howard, Ministry Of Sound 09.03 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
12.02 GT* - GT GT* GT(CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Magazine Australia, Ministry Of Sound, Derwent Howard 12.02 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
2619 Various - The Annual 2005 Deluxe Various The Annual 2005 Deluxe(Cass, Comp) Ministry Of Sound, Universal 2619 Indonesia 2005 Sell This Version
2709 Various - Dance Nation Various Dance Nation(Cass, Comp) Universal, Ministry Of Sound 2709 Indonesia 2005 Sell This Version
2823 Goleo VI - Presents His 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Hits Goleo VI Presents His 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Hits(Cass, Comp) Universal Music, Ministry Of Sound 2823 Indonesia 2006 Sell This Version
3867-4 Various - Clubbers's  Guide 2006 Vol. Two Various Clubbers's Guide 2006 Vol. Two(Cass, Comp, Mixed) NRG!A 3867-4 Romania 2005 Sell This Version
4204-2 Various - Dance! The Sexiest Dance Traxx Various Dance! The Sexiest Dance Traxx(CD, Comp + DVD-V, Comp) Roton, Roton, NRG!A, NRG!A 4204-2 Romania 2008 Sell This Version
0009019MIN Kate Ryan - Different Kate Ryan Different(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Sushi Tunes, Antler-Subway 0009019MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0009037MIN Milk & Sugar - Ritmo De Bacardi Vol. 4 Milk & Sugar Ritmo De Bacardi Vol. 4(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Ministry Of Sound 0009037MIN Germany 2003 Sell This Version
0009044MIN Bent - The Everlasting Blink Bent The Everlasting Blink(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound 0009044MIN Germany 2003 Sell This Version
0009049MIN Klee - Unverwundbar Klee Unverwundbar(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Modernsoul 0009049MIN Germany 2003 Sell This Version
0009050MIN Various - The Annual 2005 Various The Annual 2005(CD, Enh, Mixed + CD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0009050MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
009058MIN Hacienda - Skip And His Elephant Hacienda Skip And His Elephant (Album) 009058MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0009059MIN Various - The Annual 2006 Various The Annual 2006(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0009059MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0009069MIN Various - The Annual Spring 2006 Various The Annual Spring 2006(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0009069MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010042MIN Various - Brazilution Edição 5.2 Various Brazilution Edição 5.2(CD, Comp + CD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010042MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010052MIN Various - Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 5 Various Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 5 (Comp) 0010052MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010055MIN Armand Van Helden - Hear My Name Armand Van Helden Hear My Name(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound, Hedonism 0010055MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010062MIN Various - Clubber’s Guide To Ibiza 2004 Various Clubber’s Guide To Ibiza 2004(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010062MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010072MIN Amiel - Audio Out Amiel Audio Out(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound 0010072MIN Europe 2004 Sell This Version
0010082MIN Ian Van Dahl - Where Are You Now? Ian Van Dahl Where Are You Now?(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound 0010082MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010121MIN Terranova - Digital Tenderness Terranova Digital Tenderness(2xLP, Album, Gat) Ministry Of Sound, Edition Terranova 0010121MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010122MIN Terranova - Digital Tenderness Terranova Digital Tenderness (Album) 0010122MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010142MIN Despina Vandi - Opa Opa Despina Vandi Opa Opa(CD, Maxi, Enh) Ministry Of Sound, Heaven Music, Mach1 Records 0010142MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0010162MIN Kate Ryan - Stronger Kate Ryan Stronger(CD, Album) Sushi Tunes, Antler-Subway, Ministry Of Sound 0010162MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0010182MIN Various - Brazilution Edição 5.3 Various Brazilution Edição 5.3(CD, Comp + CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010182MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version
0010192MIN Various - Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 6 Various Ritmo De Bacardi Volume 6(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010192MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0010232MIN Derrick Carter - Sessions Derrick Carter Sessions(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound, Ministry Of Sound 0010232MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0010392MIN Various - Real Rave Classics Various Real Rave Classics(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 0010392MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2006 Sell This Version
0010402MIN Various - Real House Classics Various Real House Classics(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 0010402MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010452MIN Various - Clubbers Guide Germany '06 Various Clubbers Guide Germany '06(CD, Comp, Enh, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010452MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010462MIN Various - Clubber's Guide Ibiza '06 Various Clubber's Guide Ibiza '06(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010462MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0010472MIN Various - Sensation - The World's Leading Dance Event 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 Various - Clubbers Guide Berlin 06 Various Clubbers Guide Berlin 06(CD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 0010492MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
14404 DCD Xavier Naidoo - Alles Gute Vor Uns (Live On Tour) Xavier Naidoo Alles Gute Vor Uns (Live On Tour)(2xCD) Naidoo Records 14404 DCD Germany 2003 Sell This Version
016627-4 Paul van Dyk - The Politics Of Dancing 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 Various - Ministry Of Sound Various Ministry Of Sound(CD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound, Planetworks 017 894-2 Greece 2002 Sell This Version
0030015MIN Raul Paz - Mulata Raul Paz Mulata(CD, Album) Naïve, Ministry Of Sound 0030015MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
0030045MIN Eric Prydz - Call On Me Eric Prydz Call On Me(CD, Maxi, Enh) Badabing, Ministry Of Sound 0030045MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0030075 MIN Uniting Nations - Out Of Touch Uniting Nations Out Of Touch(CD, Maxi, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030075 MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0030112MIN The Egg - Forwards The Egg Forwards(CD, Album, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030112MIN Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2004 Sell This Version
0030115MIN The Egg - Wall The Egg Wall(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound 0030115MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030132 MIN Raul Paz - Revolucion Raul Paz Revolucion(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound 0030132 MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030142MIN Deep Dish - George Is On Deep Dish George Is On(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Positiva, Deep Dish Records 0030142MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030145MIN Deep Dish - Say Hello Deep Dish Say Hello (Maxi, Single) 0030145MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030152MIN The Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy The Polyphonic Spree Together We're Heavy(CD, Album, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030152MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030165MIN Milk & Sugar Feat. Lizzy Pattinson - Jezabel 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 Milk & Sugar - On A Mission Milk & Sugar On A Mission(CD, Comp, Mixed) Milk & Sugar Recordings, Ministry Of Sound 0030172MIN Germany 2005 Sell This Version
0030182MIN MakroSoft - Stereo Also Playable Mono MakroSoft Stereo Also Playable Mono (Album) 0030182MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0030195MIN Shaun Baker - Push Shaun Baker Push 0030195MIN Germany 2006
0030205MIN Kate Ryan - Je T'Adore 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 Crazy Frog - Presents More Crazy Hits Crazy Frog Presents More Crazy Hits(CD, Album, Enh) Ministry Of Sound, M1_Recordings 0030212MIN Europe 2006 Sell This Version
0030215MIN Trick & Kubic Feat. Valeska* - Easy Trick & Kubic Feat. Valeska* Trick & Kubic Feat. Valeska* - Easy(CD, Maxi, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030215MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0030235MIN Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten - All Together Now (Strong Together) Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten - All Together Now (Strong Together)(CD, Single, Enh) Ministry Of Sound 0030235MIN Germany 2006 Sell This Version
0030236MIN Goleo VI & Atomic Kitten - All Together Now (Strong Together) 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 Crazy Frog - We Are The Champions (Ding A Dang Dong) Crazy Frog We Are The Champions (Ding A Dang Dong)(CD, Single, Enh) Ministry Of Sound, Toggo Music 0030245MIN Europe 2006 Sell This Version
100 308-2 DJ Nick Bridges* - Ministry Of Sound (We Love Switzerland) DJ Nick Bridges* Ministry Of Sound (We Love Switzerland)(2xCD, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 100 308-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
105221 Yves Larock - Rise Up - Fly Over The Rainbow Yves Larock Rise Up - Fly Over The Rainbow(12", W/Lbl, Sta) Ministry Of Sound 105221 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
108 402-2 Paul van Dyk - The Politics Of Dancing Paul van Dyk The Politics Of Dancing(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 108 402-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
108 407-2 Various - The Annual 2002 Various The Annual 2002(2xCD, Mixed + Box, Ltd) Ministry Of Sound 108 407-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
108 413-2 Various - Neue Heimat (Electronic Music Made In Germany) Various Neue Heimat (Electronic Music Made In Germany)(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 108 413-2 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
108 414-2 NG3 - As Nasty As We Wanna Be NG3 As Nasty As We Wanna Be(CD, Album) Ministry Of Sound, Sushi Pop 108 414-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 415-2 Various - Back To The Old Skool Various Back To The Old Skool(2xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 415-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 427-2 Karaja - She Moves (La La La) Karaja She Moves (La La La)(CD, Maxi) Sushi Tunes, Ministry Of Sound 108 427-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 431-2 Various - Clubber's Guide To... Ibiza 2002 Various Clubber's Guide To... Ibiza 2002(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Ministry Of Sound 108 431-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 432-2 Various - Neue Heimat 2 (Electronic Music Made In Germany) 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 Various - Kula Karma - A Selection Of Exclusive Oriental Vibes 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 De Nuit - All That Mattered (Love You Down) 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 Klee - Erinner Dich Klee Erinner Dich(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound, Modernsoul, Popkomm 108 441-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 444 2 Various - Siesta II Sunset At Pikes Ibiza Various Siesta II Sunset At Pikes Ibiza(CD, Album, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 444 2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 445-2 Various - Electroclash Compilation Various Electroclash Compilation(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 445-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 446-2 Kate Ryan - Désenchantée Kate Ryan Désenchantée(CD, Maxi) Sushi Tunes, Ministry Of Sound 108 446-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 447-2 Various - The Annual 2003 Various The Annual 2003(3xCD, Mixed + Box, Ltd) Ministry Of Sound 108 447-2 Germany, Austria, & Switzerland 2002 Sell This Version
108 448-2 Moguai - Headliners - The New Generation Moguai Headliners - The New Generation(2xCD, Comp, Mixed, Dig) Ministry Of Sound 108 448-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 449-2 Jordan&Baker* - Explode Jordan&Baker* Explode(CD, Maxi, Enh) Ministry Of Sound, Sushi Tunes 108 449-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 451-2 Various - Hecho En Cuba Various Hecho En Cuba(CD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 451-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 452-2 Josh One - Contemplation Josh One Contemplation(CD, Maxi) Ministry Of Sound, Hedonism, 1-Off Recordings 108 452-2 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
108 453-1 Various - Brazilution Edição 5 Various Brazilution Edição 5(3xLP, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 453-1 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 453-2 Various - Brazilution Edição 5 (The Winter / Spring Edition) Various Brazilution Edição 5 (The Winter / Spring Edition)(2xCD, Comp) Ministry Of Sound 108 453-2 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 455-1 Various - Brazilution - 4 Track Teaser EP Various Brazilution - 4 Track Teaser EP(12", EP) Ministry Of Sound 108 455-1 Germany 2003 Sell This Version
108 455-2 Various - Neue Heimat 3 (Electronic Music Made In Germany) 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 Kate Ryan - Different 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

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jamesbreeze

jamesbreeze

March 27, 2022
Wow, this list is a nightmare. Any chance of someone at MOS editing the list or putting them in order? Manage the heritage.
NilsLWeber

NilsLWeber

March 29, 2021
I wish MoS would part ways with Sony. That would be a dream.
GiveMeYourTots

GiveMeYourTots

February 17, 2020
edited over 3 years ago
If you think that the things that were wrong with Ministry of Sound were bad on their own, the label’s acquisition by Sony only exacerbated them. The label’s guilty habit of “repeating the same songs over and over on many different releases” only got worse to the point that in my habit of choosing releases against this trend that the only one single release in a year that I can get is the new 2 CD annual releases. How ironic since that’s supposed to be a “best of” compilation for the year’s new songs. It seems also with the overall decline in sales of CDs that they have gone over two months as of writing without a new physical release (a record). On top of that, I notice that MOS is now scared to look back at their pre-Sony days. An example being that when Andrew Weatherall passed away, they initially posted on FB a picture of his Masterpiece compilation as a tribute; but then took that off and replaced it simply with a picture of the guy himself. Simply put, if you’re someone like me who fantasizes about MOS actually reissuing some of the classic releases such as the Northern Exposure series; then it’s probably time to forget about it and acknowledge that you were born in the wrong year.
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.
telwin5000

telwin5000

March 11, 2012
edited over 10 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.
duketranslucent3rd

duketranslucent3rd

December 4, 2005
edited over 17 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 21 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!