If you're looking for your underground non-mainstream dance kicks, you aren't going to find them here. Despite Annie Mac's reputation for playing new, upcoming and good quality music, she hasn't really gone out on a limb here. Instead, she has bowed to commercial pressures and included tracks like 'Pass Out' and 'Rude Boy' which anyone who has watched a music channel or been to a average city nightclub in 2010 will probably never want to hear again.
But that doesn't hide the fact that this is a very fun, very danceable two discs, with tracks many people will know and some tracks most people won't. There's a nice variety of styles, mostly electro and semi-dubstep but with dreamy house like Delorean and even indie crossovers like The Foals. It works a lot better than it should, and disc two in particular draws you in, especially for the last 2/3's when she resists the urge to fill it with big main room tracks. The mixing could be better though; it's serviceable but hardly exceptional, although it's more about the tracks for a compilation like this, which is trying to summarise a year rather than take you on an emotional journey.
While this won't take pride of place on the shelf next to your favourite Global Underground or Renaissance mix, it's great for nights out and for quick kicks. People not heavily into electronic dance music will enjoy it, and there's enough 'proper' dance music across the set to please the serious dance music fans like myself.