Sometimes, success springs forth from strange bedfellows.
Sometimes, success springs forth from strange bedfellows. Witness Paul Oakenfold's pop hit, "Starry Eyed Surprise," which featured the vocals of Crazy Town's Shifty Shellshock. Paul Van Dyk could see the same sort of crossover with his new album, "Reflections." On the set, the dance artist teams with rock band Vega 4 on the U.K. top 40 hit "Time of Our Lives" (with inspirational lyrics reminiscent of the Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn!"). Elsewhere on the effort, the dreamy female vocals of Jan Johnston pair well with Van Dyk's progressive trance on many songs, including "Nothing but You," which was a top 10 Hot Dance Music/Club Play hit earlier this year. On the most surprising track, hip-hoppers Trooper Da Don and Atomek Dogg (aka DJ Tomekk) guest on the skittery-beat-filled, scratch-heavy "The Knowledge."—KC