When high-octane album opener "Ready Steady Go" kicks off with a hard-driving beat reminiscent of the Crystal Method, you know this isn't the usual fare from trance DJ Paul Oakenfold.

When high-octane album opener "Ready Steady Go" kicks off with a hard-driving beat reminiscent of the Crystal Method, you know this isn't the usual fare from trance DJ Paul Oakenfold. Following a string of dance compilations and remix work for the likes of U2 and Madonna, Oakenfold makes his debut as a recording artist with Bunkka, which covers vast musical territory; a different guest vocalist on each track is accompanied by a unique rhythm and musical sound. Highlights include the soaring "Southern Sun" (featuring Carla Wenner), the darkly dreamy "Hypnotised" (featuring Tiff Lacey), and the bouncy hip-hop track "Starry Eyed Surprise" (featuring Shifty Shellshock). Kudos to Oakenfold for gathering artists as diverse as rapper Ice Cube (on the hard-hitting "Get Em Up") and author Hunter S. Thompson, who adds a surreal monologue to "Nixon's Spirit." Further kudos for making such a disparate collection hang together as a cohesive, upbeat, infectious whole.—WH