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Paul Oakenfold: 'Lots of trance is fluffy cheese'

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Paul Oakenfold has said that his new double-CD mix album Never Mind The B*llocks shows a darker and edgier side of trance.

The DJ, who plays the Gatecrasher residency at Ibiza's Privilege on August 10, 17, 24 and 31, told Digital Spy that the "melodic" album features the "cutting-edge of underground music".

Oakenfold said: "A lot of the trance music is very fluffy and cheesy and this represents the darker and edgier side of a great genre.

"The cheesier side of trance has been there for six, seven years. I lost interest because I didn't like that sound - everything sounded the same.

"I've come across all these great new tunes that I really like and felt this is a perfect time to do a compilation, because I hadn't done one in a while."

Oakenfold said of the idea behind the Sex Pistols-inspired title: "It's not cheesy, it's not commercial, you're not going to hear it on radio, it's full of attitude."

Listen to an 18-minute teaser of Paul Oakenfold's new album below:



Asked about the state of dance music today, Oakenfold said: "I think for me it's finally getting back to how good it was back in the day. It went through a time when the tunes were just crap. I think there's a lot of good tunes coming out."

Oakenfold also revealed details of a "more mainstream artist album" for release in 2012, which will be "all songs" and feature Cee-Lo Green, Eve and former collaborator Ryan Tedder.

"I've been in this business a while and why I got into it is that I love songs," he said. "My father was a musician and a big collector of music and I listened to a lot of great songs and great singers. I thought, 'That's what I've got to do'.

"I've got to make an album that isn't underground. One that's just great, great songs. And find great singers - some of them you'll know and some of them you won't - and offer my edgy beats to the table."

> Amy Winehouse was a special singer, says Paul Oakenfold

Listen to Paul Oakenfold featuring Ryan Tedder's 'Not Over' from his 2006 album A Lively Mind below:


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