November 8, 2007


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Paul Oakenfold, Greatest Hits & Remixes
Ultra Records, Oct. 23
Until recently, a greatest-hits album from someone who spins records for a living would have been near-unthinkable. Oakenfold, however, is held in higher esteem by the mainstream than even Tiesto, never mind guys like Paul van Dyk. A lot of this stuff you’ve heard if you ever watch movies — “Dread Rock” is here in all its Darude-like power-flute glory, as is his remix of David Arnold’s James Bond Theme from Die Another Day (cleverly paired up with the like-minded spaghetti-secret-agent guitar of “Ready Steady Go” from the Korean disco scene in Collateral). Other material here is lesser-known to non-wonk dance-clubbers — English techno band Underworld recently released the hypnotic, danceable album Oblivion with Bells, and the band’s autobahn-cruising “Born Slippy Nuxx” received an Oakenfold makeover that’s part of this package. Massive Attack’s urban-desperation opus “Unfinished Sympathy” may not have been my first choice to get remodeled into a deep house joint (picture “Karmacoma” getting its brains dubbed out), but then, if rock critics ruled the world you wouldn’t want to be in it. A-Eric W. Saeger