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am i the only that likes the new unkle lp then ? no discussion has appeared. i reckon its a fine slice of techno grooves and sublime production and is rather fine.
'ilxor .. its over to you ...'

mark e (mark e), Wednesday, 27 August 2003 14:20 (seventeen years ago) link

Hmmm. Haven't heard the new one, but I quite liked the first disc.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 27 August 2003 14:21 (seventeen years ago) link

as documented elsewhere on this board i defend 'Psyence Fiction' to the hilt...new album hasn't hit me yet but I haven't given it much time at all so far.

stevem (blueski), Wednesday, 27 August 2003 15:57 (seventeen years ago) link

'Never Never Land' feels awfully unoriginal, and mostly boring, even that Eno/Cocker one. I feel like I've heard it all thirty-five times before.

samuel, Wednesday, 27 August 2003 16:15 (seventeen years ago) link

The UNKLE remix of Tortoise is classic. One of the best remixes ever.

direct_program, Thursday, 28 August 2003 03:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Stevem is OTM about Psyence Fiction, or at least 70% of it. The new one hasn't set my world on fire however. It wants to sound epic but for all the efforts of the team, it don't get there. It just sounds too 'club epic' rather than 'epic epic' and while this isn't a bad thing, the tunes for the most part don't match up.

Barima (Barima), Thursday, 28 August 2003 12:30 (seventeen years ago) link

Psience Asphixiation, bah

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Thursday, 28 August 2003 19:25 (seventeen years ago) link

I remember someone in the Wire annihilating "Psyence fiction" on its release - it was one of my fave reviews ever.

jed_e_3 (jed_e_3), Thursday, 28 August 2003 19:30 (seventeen years ago) link

I predict all ILM UNKLE-hating to cease (possible reversal) soon due to the white-hot DFA "beat" connection.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 28 August 2003 19:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Goldsworthy got bumped from UNKLE befire Psyence Fiction was even released - inn fact he was the one primarily responsible for their best groove - their remix of tortoise's DJed

jed_e_3 (jed_e_3), Thursday, 28 August 2003 19:47 (seventeen years ago) link

really? was he responsible for the reich sample or the break (what break is that by the way? and didn't lavelle do the cutting?)

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 28 August 2003 19:52 (seventeen years ago) link

While Goldsworthy and Kudo remain more heavily involved in nuts'n'bolts production (especially given the success of Mo'Wax, with Lavelle penning an expansive partial ownership deal with A&M Records in 1996), Lavelle is heavily involved in the conceptual and organizational end, crafting beats and laying out vague sketches his partners then expand into full-blown tracks.

http://www.the-universal.com/artist.asp?artist=unkle

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 28 August 2003 20:17 (seventeen years ago) link

then of course there's the album credit which belches: "UNKLE is James Lavelle and DJ Shadow".

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 28 August 2003 20:17 (seventeen years ago) link

so james lavelle did NOT do the cutting on that tortoise mix... i'm cornfused.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 28 August 2003 20:23 (seventeen years ago) link

bah, seconded

oops (Oops), Thursday, 28 August 2003 20:23 (seventeen years ago) link

im pretty sure that Tim Goldsworthy was amost completely resposible for that killer break on the DJed remix. My copies of Berry Meditation and The Time has Come are both credited to Goldsworthy, KUDO and Lavelle with an extra credit on "Berry" for Mishna (? its hard to read and printed backwards!) that article Strongo cited doesnt seem to mention Shadow yet the accompanying photo pictures ONLY lavelle and Shadow. Neither Goldsworthy nor Shadow seem to be present in the new manifestation of UNKLE - reminding me of that Mark E Smith quote "if its me and your Granny on the bongoes... its The Fall" except, of course, in Unkle's case it would seem to be your bongo playing Granny that did all the work. Or something.

Confused? i am!

jed_e_3 (jed_e_3), Thursday, 28 August 2003 21:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Ah - of course the other credit is for M. Nishita - aka Money Mark

jed_e_3 (jed_e_3), Thursday, 28 August 2003 21:44 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
Now I'm a break it down in the UNKLE style
Drums of death that are worth your while
In the file, I'll dial, I said
Anyone who says we're not versatile
Cause it's me, M-I-K-E to the D
Getting down, U-N-K-L-E
For this you pay a fee
It's not for free
We're coming to the end of the century
Crossing continental with these beats
And getting your ass up and out your seats
The drop-top up with the Flintstone feats
We're gonna put you down with the tasty treats
Hand me the mic and I will say
Living positive each and every day
Whether in the fall or the month of may
Lavelle be getting down with no delay
Yeah drums of death y'all
Put me to the test y'all
Never rest, y'all, yeah
Check it out, uh
I got a little story to tell
With DJ Shadow and James Lavelle
It starts right now in history
And I am known as the rapper Mike D.
Funky funky beats, one-two, break it down
Deliver it on down with the A-1 sound
Ounce by ounce and pound for pound
Got the shit that's out of bounds
The beat's on time and I hope you feel
Nice and complete like a happy meal
Sounds of tomorrow. Can't y'all just steal?
Or is it too hectic for y'all to deal?
Gotta keep moving 'till we hit the top
My boys Unkle gonna let the beat drop
Grab the mic and I start to mop
Like I done since day one in the game of hip-hop!

Mark (MarkR), Monday, 3 October 2005 16:53 (fifteen years ago) link

hahaha!

I can't say that I've listened to that first album at any point in the last five years to be honest, however the remix of can's "vitamin c" is a recent rediscovery, and it is fiiine. I may have to hunt for this "djed" remix.

haitch (haitch), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 08:56 (fifteen years ago) link

so .. i dont suppose anyone has heard the unkle remix of robert plants new single then ?

mark e (mark e), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 09:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Incredible writing by Mike D...it's like he challenged himself to see how many words he could come up with without saying a single thing. A lot harder than it looks. Subconciously at least we're all driven to express something, to communicate. It takes real discipline to string together that many words without saying a single thing.

Mark (MarkR), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:06 (fifteen years ago) link

i was sure the first LP was basically shadow producing? and lavelle coming up with the worst ideas (eg, the terrible film samples)? by then goldsworthy was out, dunno about KUDO.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:09 (fifteen years ago) link

Just game Never, Never, Land another listen. HUGE dud, and possibly the worst-advised music purchase of my life. How anyone could fuck up a track with Jarvis Cocker and Brian Eno by just having them play sleep-inducing keyboard drones over played-out THX 1138 samples...argh. Even the DFA remix is boring.

Telephone thing, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Mike D is maybe the only real weak point on Psyence Fiction.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Erm... *cough*ashcroft*cough*yorke

vinegar (Koens), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:46 (fifteen years ago) link

except for the godawful film samples. xpost

i've been listening to it recently, i think it's ok but shows up the problems with collaboration between people who don't really know each other very well. i think the vocalist all brought their c-game, y'know? the thom yorke track is almost great, but his vocal is same-ol same-ol and the film sample in the middle is JUST TERRIBLE>

N_RQ, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 12:48 (fifteen years ago) link

i like that sample a lot.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 13:02 (fifteen years ago) link

:(

N_RQ, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 13:22 (fifteen years ago) link

that first instrumental track on "psyence fiction" I liked, the one that opens w/that nice little plasticy-sounding guitar riff. Everything else i've heard by them (which to be fair is bits) had been just totally plodding, rote, dreary etc. Nothing has made me want to investigate further.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 13:32 (fifteen years ago) link

G Rap brought his b-game, be fair

kit brash (kit brash), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 13:34 (fifteen years ago) link

why don't you like it, N_RQ? i think it's a nice piece of dialogue in it's original context (Jacob's Ladder), and doesn't seem to lose it's power when translated to RIYH. you could argue that putting movie dialogue in songs is generally a bad idea but i'd need some strong convincing there too.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:15 (fifteen years ago) link

i think i like it more knowing it's from jacobs ladder. on shadow's own records i don't mind the frequent references to death, cancer, car crashes, etc. but that particular 'un feels more like the work of lavelle, and i don't know what the guy talking is on about, i don't believe him. because man like yorke doesn't bring much conviction to the track (imo), it feels like an attempt at 'deep'.

i really like the track and it's very evocative of this time of year, when it weas released. i should maybe get over disliking lavelle when he brought out so many records i like.

trip hop film samples can be amazing, eg 'bladerunner' sample on 'aftermath', but on the unkle project, i thought they were really lavelle imposing himself over shadow's work--especially the 'hearts of darkness' bit.

N_RQ, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:27 (fifteen years ago) link

i dunno, it's not as if Shadow's adverse to dropping speech samples over his own work, of his own wont ("do you feel like Darth Vader?")

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:29 (fifteen years ago) link

i should maybe get over disliking lavelle when he brought out so many records i like

vahid (vahid), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:30 (fifteen years ago) link

i like that stuff about darth vader and xanadu, fair point. is that a film, or his wife talking?

N_RQ, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:32 (fifteen years ago) link

i do not know the answer but would like to.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:45 (fifteen years ago) link

ok, anyway, i take it all back, i do like most of this album now (not a big ian brown fan, but hey).

N_RQ, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 14:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, it's his wife talking in 'Mutual Slump'.

Orange (Orange), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 16:24 (fifteen years ago) link

cool!

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

isn't lavelle the main dud part of unkle, and he's the only constant? really, judging by what i've read and comments, he mostly says "put this film sample here" and "make this more gloomy." decent job coordinating people, though.

has anyone seen him actually dj solo? i've heard he doesn't do it very often, despite all of "his" mixes that are now available. it was always dj shadow, or the scratch perverts, or whoever else he could dig up. a friend saw lavelle by himself once and said it was pretty bad.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

trip hop film samples can be amazing, eg 'bladerunner' sample on 'aftermath',

Agreed. One of my favorite ever film samples, mostly because it's a (relatively) subtle one.

but on the unkle project, i thought they were really lavelle imposing himself over shadow's work--especially the 'hearts of darkness' bit.

Really? To me it seems like one of the only clever samples on the entire record, maybe commentary from Shadow on Lavelle and the UNKLE project, both of which he was seriously disenchanted with before it was over... Then again, I'm probably reading too much into it and Lavelle just had him slap it in because it was WICKED AWESOME.

has anyone seen him actually dj solo? i've heard he doesn't do it very often, despite all of "his" mixes that are now available. it was always dj shadow, or the scratch perverts, or whoever else he could dig up. a friend saw lavelle by himself once and said it was pretty bad.

I've never seen him, but I have heard live bootlegs and they are wretched. You know the kind of bedroom DJ who has one "perfect" playlist that s/he never deviates from? That's Lavelle. Dude's released the same goddamn mix like five times already for Global Underground and as "bootlegs" with suspiciously wide distribution and snazzy packaging (Big Brother Is Watching, Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats, some others I've thankfully forgotten).

telephone thing, Tuesday, 4 October 2005 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

the problem with the 'hearts of darkness' bit is there in the original, it's self-mythologising on the part of coppola. here's a non-secret: most hollywood films are made on the edge of panic and a great film, especially a location shoot, is a happy accident. i think 'apocalypse' suffered some of the problems that 'psyence fiction' suffered, not the way lavelle thinks ('we went insane'), more that they tried to define an era, so casting 'generational icon' dennis hopper was a bit like bringing in mike d. they're there to represent this corner of achievement, but what you actually get is, of course, them repeating themselves (literally -- it's the same vocalline as 'intergalactic').

N_RQ, Wednesday, 5 October 2005 07:40 (fifteen years ago) link

i've seen Lavelle DJ on his own and he was fine.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 08:43 (fifteen years ago) link

I still love the deployment of Boba Fett from the SW Xmas Special cartoon as 'Unreal' chimes in.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 08:44 (fifteen years ago) link

i've never been a big toy person, well NOT SINCE I WAS A LITTLE'UN. and the star wars stuff bugged me too -- that's my beef with lavelle. it'sstill going, too! i went to resfest on saturday and it was still all these fucking toys.

N_RQ, Wednesday, 5 October 2005 08:50 (fifteen years ago) link

was there anything good at Resfest? i'm sorry i missed it - i'm not sure how many really 'WOW' videos there have been in the last year though.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 08:54 (fifteen years ago) link

it's hard to see what resfest is about now, really, given that 'digital' film isn't a very exclusive category. i was just there for some mike mills documentaries from ages ago, but the reel i saw promoting it was a bit lacking. i can't remember what was featured, but nothing blew me away. i think they had a traktor retrospective, which was probably ok but a bit like marking time.

N_RQ, Wednesday, 5 October 2005 09:00 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah nothing really grabbed me from the proposed features.

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 09:24 (fifteen years ago) link

i like 'thumbsucker' but iirc (i was very, very drunk when i saw it) there's nothing very 'resfest' about it, other than mills' credentials. (it's also kind of out of time, a sort of companion to 'virgin suicides' but i didn't mind that.)

N_RQ, Wednesday, 5 October 2005 09:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Was that doc "Deformer" -- about the skateboarder?

Mark (MarkR), Wednesday, 5 October 2005 11:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Psyence Fiction was in constant rotation in my high school car, but I could never really get into anything that unkle or dj shadow put out after that. not sure if they got worse or if i just moved on or something

Karl Malone, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 13:48 (five years ago) link

the world passed them by a bit. there is so much 90's stuff that nobody listens to anymore. it will take future generations to unearth it.

scott seward, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:02 (five years ago) link

that sounds good, i love frustrated musician movies.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:02 (five years ago) link

no trailer for the movie. i think for a lot of those guys the answer would have been to reinvent themselves as celebrity DJs and play obscure library funk tracks and garage rock or something. be the venerable legend. people pay money for that. trying to stay current is hard when you got famous for your dusty beats and samples. (maybe those guys did DJ a lot in the 2000s, i have no idea...)

scott seward, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:11 (five years ago) link

I feel kinda bad for DJ Shadow. He can't really do the thing he used to do that he was amazing at (although I feel like the climate around samples has relaxed again, unless you're making Kanye/Jay-Z money? But he's still done it many times over already, and doesn't want to be retro.). He's released recent tracks without samples that are really well produced, but that sort of make him just another Soundcloud trap/EDM producer.

He did do a big DJ tour a couple of years ago where he was playing all current music (beat scene, footwork, etc), that was cool.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 30 March 2016 15:43 (five years ago) link

lol damn that sounds horrible

r|t|c, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:46 (five years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSVeqb6-NWU

miami bass mix shadow did for the bbc as unkle promo in 98 is still great if anyone's never heard

r|t|c, Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:49 (five years ago) link

I saw James Lavelle DJ back in 01/02ish. He was a prick and the set was horrible. Basically he played really obvious progressive house and tech house. That night instantly ended any concern I had for him or his music.

brotherlovesdub, Thursday, 31 March 2016 01:34 (five years ago) link

Psyence Fiction has really grown on me over the years, i like the songs i didn't use to like. i think maybe my estimation of it is higher since shadow's output got less and less good after it came out.

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:14 (five years ago) link

i'm a disgusting richard ashcroft stan, however.

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:14 (five years ago) link

did anybody listen to that multi-disc "the four track years" set of pre-endtroducing stuff?

lute bro (brimstead), Thursday, 31 March 2016 02:15 (five years ago) link

(maybe those guys did DJ a lot in the 2000s, i have no idea...)

Shadow continued to tour a lot, alternating live-ish shows playing his own stuff with high concept four-deck DJ sets in collaboration with Cut Chemist. 2014-15 they were touring with [selections from] Afrika Bambaata's own record collection, so you could hear the same skips and pops that a 1981 audience did, but mixed and scratched elaborately.

Lavelle's DJ sets used to be him smoking while between 1 and 3 of the Psychonauts mixed records; he started mixing himself in the '00s to universally terrible reviews. And formed a semi-consistent lineup of UNKLE for the first time, that played doomy rock music, and toured with that. Presumably smoking while someone else played keyboards.

glandular lansbury (sic), Thursday, 31 March 2016 05:02 (five years ago) link

I actually really liked the last (?) "doomy rock" album they put out.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Thursday, 31 March 2016 08:38 (five years ago) link

I bought the first Unkle album because of the hype, but it turned out to be indie rock instead of the sort of instrumental rap/blunted beats Mo' Wax had put out before. (The only good track was the first one with actual rapping.) Didn't fall for that trap again.

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:06 (five years ago) link

That doc sounds like it could be genuinely interesting. Saw Lavelle DJ about 2005 under protest, it was crap, but he managed to pack out a normally quiet venue.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 31 March 2016 14:02 (five years ago) link

i will never be able to thank that guy enough for the major force vinyl box that he put out. it's one of my prized possessions and i will be buried with it in my tomb. such an inspiration to me to this day. also, i had no idea he was 18 when he started the label! that impressed me.

scott seward, Thursday, 31 March 2016 15:15 (five years ago) link

Yeah, that Major Force box is one of the top 10 compilations of all time.

Tuomas, Thursday, 31 March 2016 15:39 (five years ago) link

the 'Superstar DJs' book reminded me what a kicking the first Unkle album got in some places. from the book; ".. he was crestfallen. those reviews hurt. worse, deep down he knew they were right.. then everything started to go wrong.." good book all told. cautionary tales left right and centre.

piscesx, Thursday, 31 March 2016 15:58 (five years ago) link

Ah, I'd forgotten about Psychonauts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJXcO9h5zH4

djh, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:22 (five years ago) link

i think for a lot of those guys the answer would have been to reinvent themselves as celebrity DJs and play obscure library funk tracks and garage rock or something.

i would suggest that shadow, along with cut chemist, actually kickstarted the lost library/funk/garage mixtape groove thing off with the (still brilliant) brainfreeze releases.

oh, and for the record, i really like the doom goth grooves of war stories/where did the night fall/another night out.
if its a guilty pleasure for nick cave, then it is good for me.
the mix of electronics, guitars, bad moods, ian astbury, and bowie samples is always going to tickle my sweet spot.
in fact, i listen to the instrumental versions of the albums more than the guest stuffed versions - they sound amazing.
i care not that james supposedly does sweet fa in the studio/live.
he is the person putting it all together and using his address book to get to the end result.

all that said, as someone who has followed the story for a long time, its clear that he has struggled,
and the current state of the kickstarter campaign, comes as no shock.
i was very tempted to join in, but was worried it would end up like this.

tl:dr = i would like to see this film.

mark e, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:59 (five years ago) link

wonder if i still have dj shadow-era unkle live sets somewhere. lots of interpolation of album tracks, the samples, scratching, some of his own material

i mean, with a couple exceptions, that first unkle album was basically endtroducing 2 plus vocals with james lavelle sitting around telling shadow which samples to use. after he bailed, it was lavelle standing around behind different dudes, like sic said

I really liked this mix at the time, no idea how it holds up: https://www.discogs.com/Psychonauts-The-Time-Machine-A-MoWax-Restrospective-Mix/master/33010

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:59 (five years ago) link

even after all this time i have never seen a cd copy of that mix in a shop.

mark e, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:08 (five years ago) link

Musically, I always considered Psyence Fiction to be right there with Endtroducing.

Austin, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:13 (five years ago) link

oh, and while everyone thinks that others did all the work,
other than that mix, the psychonauts didn't exactly score big with their own material.
the same could be said for richard file.
so, yes, james was the wired or fugged to max studio layabout,
but it seems he knew how to get the good stuff out of his collaborators.

mark e, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:15 (five years ago) link

I think that cd is pretty rare? my friend was one of those mo'wax beardo types who owns nearly every one of the releases

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:27 (five years ago) link

its very rare.

mark e, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:35 (five years ago) link

the mo'wax aftermarket must be in a slump, on discogs:
13 For Sale from $11.31

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:39 (five years ago) link

oh wait, that's on vinyl (?!)
£15.00 for cd

μpright mammal (mh), Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:40 (five years ago) link

£15 is a lot for those of us that live in the world of zoverstocks.

mark e, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:55 (five years ago) link

oh, and just for the record, the UNKLE vs QOTSA stuff is ace.

mark e, Thursday, 31 March 2016 21:42 (five years ago) link

but it seems he knew how to get the good stuff out of his collaborators.

motivating others was always his skill, from selling records in a shop to signing acts to his not-yet-existent label to hustling Mo'Wax releases to the press.

also see Alex Paterson, very nearly as musically and technically incompetent as Lavelle, yet no matter who he's working with, the end result sounds distinctively like The Orb and not that person's other work.

glandular lansbury (sic), Friday, 1 April 2016 11:40 (five years ago) link

did George Clinton do anything practical in terms of music-making once the Parliaments stopped being a harmony group? either way, his array of insanely talented players rarely wrote a stunning or memorable song outside of his orbit

glandular lansbury (sic), Friday, 1 April 2016 11:45 (five years ago) link

Yeah, there are many of people in electronic music like this, especially among those who started as DJs. For example, Westbam is a great live DJ, but most AFAIK of the actual production on his own tunes is done by his silent partner Klaus Jankuhn. And one of my favourite "sampladelic" albums is Hal Willner's Whoops, I'm an Indian, but based on the liner notes it seems Willner's main job was to provide the samples on it from his vast record collection, and most of the production was done by Mocean Worker. And it's still different and better than any Mocean Worker record I've heard.

(xpost)

Tuomas, Friday, 1 April 2016 11:52 (five years ago) link

I think Goldie, at least early in his career, also didn't much know about music production, and most of the technical work on his classic records was done by Rob Playford and Mark Rutherford. But he had a vision of what he wanted jungle to sound, and those records became more groundbreaking than anything his partners had done on their own.

Tuomas, Friday, 1 April 2016 11:57 (five years ago) link

Goldie is definitely a good example

μpright mammal (mh), Friday, 1 April 2016 14:01 (five years ago) link

is this supposed to sound like old library music? 2015! who knew?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1lwvxyveJQ

scott seward, Friday, 1 April 2016 14:31 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

That talk talk sample on rabbit is dope

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 3 March 2018 20:34 (three years ago) link

even i found the latest album somewhat lacking ...

mark e, Saturday, 3 March 2018 20:37 (three years ago) link

did unkle come up on the record collection music thread? because...

mh, Monday, 5 March 2018 19:42 (three years ago) link

b**** n**** with the audacity to blaspheme me
got yourself caught in a motherfucking tragedy

the late great, Monday, 5 March 2018 19:48 (three years ago) link

I was maybe too persistently mean about James Lavelle in here

so that documentary that apparently came out(?), did anyone here see it?

mh, Monday, 5 March 2018 20:03 (three years ago) link

i dunno, lavelle is pretty lame, as good as his label was ...

the late great, Monday, 5 March 2018 20:08 (three years ago) link

apparently there's also the issue of a kickstarter campaign from 2013 that has yet to deliver:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mowax21/urban-archaeology-21-years-of-mowax/comments

mh, Monday, 5 March 2018 20:08 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

new Ronin album/mixtape starts off with the usual UNKLE widescreen/downtempo/moody excess, and then takes a swerve.
best thing james has released in ages.

mark e, Thursday, 1 April 2021 17:10 (two weeks ago) link

Admittedly I just skimmed through it — from what I heard the production is fine for the most part if still mining around that good ol prog house vein. Some of the vocals are less than appealing.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Friday, 2 April 2021 21:26 (one week ago) link

tis all about the 'if we dont make it' edit that uses a sample from an old soul classic for me.
of course, its UNKLE, and so, its never going to break boundaries.
but i am a sucker for the UNKLE thing.

mark e, Friday, 2 April 2021 21:31 (one week ago) link


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