Oh dear, oh dear. It really does seem like the Ministry of Sound label have lost their way. There was a time when they released quality dance compilations such as the 'Sessions' series. But now, it just seems that they are content on cashing in on any scene or re-vive fad, and their latest release 'Back to the Old Skool' is a prime example of this.
'Old Skool' music may have different interpretations, but I suspect for the majority this genre recalls those songs that defined white gloves, light sticks and dance music of the early 90's. The album has the usual anthems of this time, like 'Set you free' by N-Trance, and Liquid's 'Sweet Harmony', along with the odd forgotten gem such as Cola Boy's '7 ways to love'.
However, the majority of the content is full of commercialised chart stuff around at the time, with not nearly enough of the kind of anthems that made the rave scene what it was in the late 80's/early 90's. And why on earth have they included tracks by artists such as Stone Roses, Stereo MC's and Yazz? I do remember at the time that these bands sat quite happily in the indie and pop charts and were not exactly old skool material. A bizarre selection to say the least.
This is a very disappointing effort from the Ministry label. They have just stuck a whole load of songs around at the time and have hoped that the label name will make it a big seller. Flawed, and just generally poor, this isn't so much Old Skool, but old tosh.