Paul Oakenfold Adds 'Funky House' To Lead Track From U2 LP

Renowned DJ/producer also remixes Cure single, plans Burning Man set.

Pioneering DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold has remixed upcoming singles for U2 and the Cure.

"Beautiful Day" is the first release from U2's still untitled new album, which was co-produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno and is due in November.

"It's good — a bit more back to their rock 'n' roll days," Oakenfold said of the U2 song. "My version is completely opposite. It's pumping, funky house."

Oakenfold, who is often credited with introducing house music to the UK at his late-'80s London club nights, remixed U2's "Even Better Than the Real Thing," from their 1991 album Achtung Baby, and was an opening act on the Irish supergroup's 1993 Zooropa tour. Other esteemed mixes (with partner Steve Osborne) for bands such as the Stone Roses and Massive Attack have earned Oakenfold a first-rate reputation in the dance- and rock-music communities.

For the Cure, Oakenfold took on "Out of This World," the opening track on their February release, Bloodflowers.

"I made it hip-hop," Oakenfold said. "I kept the vocal and the guitar and made the rest a real hip-hop track."

Spokespeople for the Cure and U2 did not have a release date for the singles.

Oakenfold will follow up his highly touted Tranceport mix from 1998 with the double-disc Perfecto Presents Another World, due Oct. 3 in the United States. Along with Fatboy Slim, Oakenfold also recently mixed a disc of Essential Selection Vol. One, a double mix-CD released in May that includes songs such as Perfect State's "Perfect State" (RealAudio excerpt) and Moogwai's "Viola" (RealAudio excerpt).

Perfecto Presents Another World is a rare blend of house music, classic rock, live dialogue, film scores and an ambient sensibility, Oakenfold said.

"It's certainly not like other records out there at the moment," he explained. "I went into a record shop in America and saw so many dance CDs with all the latest tracks. I thought, I'm going to try to do something a bit differently."

Perfecto Presents Another World includes tracks by artists ranging from ambient goth duo Dead Can Dance to German techno phenom Timo Maas. Oakenfold also includes a remix of Led Zeppelin's "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" by Perfecto recording artist Quiver.

In other Oakenfold news, the DJ is slated to perform Sept. 1 at the Burning Man festival in Nevada's Black Rock Desert, followed by club dates in Los Angeles. He hits Chicago's Crobar on Thursday.

Oakenfold recently played a sold-out show with UK drum & bass DJ Aphrodite at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver.

"It's great because I was just watching a video with U2 playing there and then I was playing there," Oakenfold said. "It's good to see that dance music is getting bigger all over America. To play at places like Red Rocks and Burning Man is an honor to me."