Paul Oakenfold

Although Brittany Murphy's attempt to raise temperatures with her sex-o-licious purring on Paul Oakenfold's latest single, "Faster Kill Pussycat," is bound to score with postadolescent Maxim readers, anyone who has ever set foot in a club knows it takes more than heavy breathing to heat up the dance floor. The Murphy association should raise Oakenfold's visibility some more, but since he's the DJ world's most prominent fixture and already has Saab commercials, Matrix film scores, and James Bond videogame music broadcasting his name into even more households, the man isn't exactly starved for exposure. Not that you'd ever know it from listening to A Lively Mind, his second album of original material. Oakenfold hasn't forgotten that getting people to shake it is the name of the game. Expect everything from the trance form he helped break to various substrains of house to fist-pumping U2 remixes. — Saby Reyes-Kulkarni


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