Paul Oakenfold - Perfecto Las Vegas
In the late 80s, Paul Oakenfold brought Balearic-style clubbing to the UK. In the early 90s, he produced the Happy Mondays. Twenty years on, he can be found soundtracking Jerry Bruckheimer movies, producing Madonna and playing trance sets. A step up in the world or a step down? I’ll let you decide.
It could be Rotterdam or anywhere once sung The Beautiful South and, indeed, the Las Vegas tag here really seems rather irrelevant, bar the fact that this is promoting his residency in the city’s Rain nightclub. This may well be what’s playing in Las Vegas, but it’s not too distant from what’s being played in your grotty local nightclub either. According to Oakie, Las Vegas is the new Ibiza of America. Until now the only things I associated with Las Vegas were Hunter S Thompson, hard gambling and The Killers. Frankly, that’s two things too many.
Anyway, the music. It’s best described as MOR electro-trance with enough to like but little to love, unless you think 'Toca’s Miracle' is the best song ever. Many will query what the difference between this and a Tiesto set is. Others will be too busy gurning and sticking their hands in the air. One suspects the versions of 'Sleeping Satellite' (yes, the old Tasmin Archer hit) and 'Let The Music Play' may go down the best, if only due to their familiarity. 'Club Perfecto' probably counts as something of a banger too, if rather self-congratulatory.
Perfecto Las Vegas is pleasant and will no doubt have Oakie raking in the cash like plastic casino chips, but it’s as far removed from the cutting edge of dance in 2009 as the Hollywood lifestyle is from reality.