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by Paul Oakenfold

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He's assumed many guises -- trance DJ, producer (Happy Mondays' Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches), remixer (U2's "Beautiful Day"), and mix-disc king (Tranceport, Perfecto Presents: Another World), among them -- but with the genre-melding Bunkka, Paul Oakenfold proves his


He's assumed many guises -- trance DJ, producer (Happy Mondays' Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches), remixer (U2's "Beautiful Day"), and mix-disc king (Tranceport, Perfecto Presents: Another World), among them -- but with the genre-melding Bunkka, Paul Oakenfold proves his mettle as a track originator. Drawing on his passion for rock, hip-hop, and airy pop, Oakenfold crafts fluid sonic backdrops for a host of varied vocalists, from Ice Cube to Nelly Furtado to gonzo headcase Hunter S. Thompson. Rather than build tracks to suit the artist's image, as the Chemical Brothers have successfully done, Oakie tinkers with styles, blending as he sees fit. For example, the pulsing synths surrounding Grant Lee Phillips's swooning vocals on "Motion" will surprise fans of the rocker's moody guitar ballads, and the eyebrow-raising pairing of Nelly Furtado and Tricky on "The Harder They Come" (not the Jimmy Cliff tune) is a sultry, strings-laced workout more reminiscent of Massive Attack than Furtado's soaring radio single, "I'm Like a Bird." Also on the Massive tip is "Hold Your Hand," a dark, Björk-like tune featuring vocals from Emiliana Torrini. Elsewhere, Oakenfold's ear for hip-hop production elevates the new wave-tinged "Get Em Up," featuring a typically tart delivery from Ice Cube and a familiar Fatboy Slim sample, and the light bounce of "Starry Eyed Surprise," rapped by the gravelly voiced Shifty Shellshock and studded with old-school scratching. And chunky rock guitars and a hard beat fuel the lead cut, "Ready Steady Go," featuring vocals from Asher D of Britain's So Solid Crew. Even with his mile-long resume, Paul Oakenfold has found new ways to expand his musical repertoire. Can pop chart smash be next?

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Oakenfold a producer? Well, he may not release much other than mix albums (exceptions being the Swordfish soundtrack and scattered singles), but Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne once formed one of the most highly touted remixing teams in dance music -- though Perfecto is now known to British teenagers strictly as a label, not a sound aesthetic. So when a man who's not only the biggest DJ on earth but the producer of one of the greatest LPs of the '90s (Happy Mondays' Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches) finally decides to turn in a full production LP, notice must be paid. Unfortunately, Oakenfold isn't much of a pioneer any more, and though it's clear his ear for a solid production hasn't deserted him, Bunkka sees him following the trends instead of pushing them. With a new partner, Andy Gray, Oakenfold shows often that he has the production gloss all taken care of, but track after track here tries, and fails, to capitalize on a familiar sound or a style, from stylish big-beat pastiche ("Ready Steady Go") to robotic experimentalism à la Radiohead ("Motion," with Grant Lee Phillips) to evocative female singer/songwriter electronica ("Southern Sun," "Hypnotised," "Hold Your Hand"). A pair of hip-hop tracks, the sublime "Starry-Eyed Surprise" and Ice Cube's hardcore "Get Em Up," are great productions, but "Zoo York" and the Hunter S. Thompson spoken-word feature "Nixon's Spirit" are potted examples of the very blandest ethnic fusion. With so much attention being paid to the production, the songs, unfortunately, just can't compete.
Bunkka has the savvy and brass tacks to challenge even the Jedi master of music/marketing synergy, Moby.
A deep, dark and dirty affair. [9]

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  1. Ready Steady Go by Asher D
  2. Southern Sun by Carla Werner
  3. Time Of Your Life by Perry Farrell
  4. Hypnotised by Tiff Lacey
  5. Zoo York
  6. Nixon's Spirit by Hunter S. Thompson
  7. Hold Your Hand by Emiliana Torrini
  8. Starry Eyed Surprise by Shifty Shellshock
  9. Get Em Up by Ice Cube
  10. Motion by Grant Lee Phillips
  11. The Harder They Come by Nelly Furtado & Tricky

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Oakenfold   Primary Artist
Ice Cube   Vocals
Hunter S. Thompson   Vocals,Spoken Word
Perry Farrell   Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Grant-Lee Phillips   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Rhodes   Guitar
Emiliana Torrini   Vocals
Emerson Swinford   Guitar
Seth Binzer   Vocals
Nelly Furtado   Vocals
Carla Werner   Vocals
Mark Ralph   Guitar
Tiff Lacey   Vocals
Philip Cordaro   Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Oakenfold   Composer,Producer,Vocal Engineer
Pete Davies   Programming,Engineer
Jamie Muhoberac   Composer
Steve Osborne   Programming,Producer,Vocal Mixing
Carmen Rizzo   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Werner & Rosengren   Composer
Jeff Turzo   Producer
Seth Binzer   Composer
Nelly Furtado   Composer
Andy Gray   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer

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Bunkka 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
think of your best trance album and multiply it by 100....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oakenfold fans will not be disappointed in this CD. The songs reach all over the spectrum, from trance to hip-hop, with Southern Sun my personal favorite, in Oakenfold's signature style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing collection of talents and sounds. From a diverse combination of ethnic world ambient to house/techno. Even Ice Cube gets his jabs in the mix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's funny that there are some many 1-star ratings, that makes no sense at all. This is a very good CD. I love the Ice Cube mix.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hope Oakenfold has not sold out to mainstream music. This album sounds very 'pop'ish and doesn't conform to the music that he is known for. I would be horrified to hear this stuff at a live performance! Don't waste your $ on this album. There's only a couple of good songs...the rest is garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album from front to back--A true union of greats and mood altering experience. A must buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget the long-winded reviews of this CD. Paul Oakenfold has abandoned his regular style of captivating trance/house remixing in favor of a Pop Rap collection of trashy remixes. This CD isn't a continuous dj mix.. The individual tracks on this album are nothing short of disappointing. This CD is AWEFUL!! Don't buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What to say? I dont know if oakenfold is just trying appeal to the abercrombie generation (its on their list of good albums anyway) or if he just doesnt have what it takes to make a good original album. The only enjoyable song in my opinion was southern sun, it was the only one that makes me remember the amazing entrancing mixes that oakenfold is good at. If you ask me; dont buy bunkka, buy swordfish, or perfecto presents another world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked the Swordfish sound track then you are going to love Bunkka. This CD has many other singers, that go in perfectly with the music. Trust me. This is a CD that you MUST have. This has alot of catchy music that all of my friends really like. So if you like the dance type of music, then you will love this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oakenfold comes up with some awesome tunes on this album. There is a real mixture of styles from the amazing hip-hop stylee ''get um up'' with Ice Cube to the more expected trance style of ''southern sun''. Great album