British DJ Tall Paul has created a mix that fits the bill of "instant house party" more than any other mix-disc I own (e.g. Global Undergrounds); while there will always be individuals who will turn down the heady, thick trance of Sasha & Digweed or Nick Warren, and there will always be those who think they have something better to do than hit the floor to Tenaglia's darker beats, I challenge anyone to resist the mind-bogglingly happy, funky house that kicks off this disc (play the samples for a taste); catchy vocal samples, chunky bass lines, and the sound of London clubs packed with party-people jumping up and down with their hands in the air.
By the time everyone's settled in and sweaty, things unpredictably take a turn for the spacier and trancier (presumably, by that time, everyone should be off their gob). You might recognize Durango-95's "5:55" is a track commonly used by the likes of Paul Van Dyk to launch a 5 a.m. dancefloor into hyperspace.
From then on, it's bolshy prog-trance buildup after bolshy prog-trance buildup (given or take a housey vocal loop) until, presumably, parts of the head-bobbing crew will snap out of it and think "wait! this started out as a house disc! wot's with all these wobbly pooshy 'I'm soaring through space' melodies then?" By that time, hopefully, you will be at the end of "The Sound", at which point a masterful use of lorry sound effects drive around in the mix for about a minute until a wild-eyed fair maiden screams at the top of her lungs and issues back the bottom-heavy funk planet. "Stomping System" gets a short reprise, fades out and then it's time for everybody to lie around on the floor smooching. All right then.