THE BEST OF JAMES LAVELLE

The Mo’ Wax founder has al­ways been hy­per­ac­tively col­lab­o­ra­tive, from trip-hop in­no­va­tions via widescreen epics to down’n’dirty rock’n’roll.

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1 IF YOU FIND EARTH BOR­ING UNKLE (1994)

Lavelle, Mo’ Wax co-founder Tim Goldswor­thy and Kudo from Ma­jor Force launch UNKLE with a long, strange trip into in­stru­men­tal hip-hop.

2 WHERE IT’S AT (UNKLE SIT­U­A­TION) Beck (1996)

This none-more-’ 90s sum­mit of Mo’ Wax, Beck and The Dust Broth­ers turns white­boy hip-hop into a freaky decks-and-ef­fects jam.

3 BIT­TER­SWEET SYM­PHONY (JAMES LAVELLE MIX) The Verve (1997)

Lavelle gives The Verve’s clas­sic an­them a slow-burn­ing break­beat treat­ment. Wait for the strings.

4 UNKLE MAIN TI­TLE THEME UNKLE (1998)

A DJ Shadow col­lage from de­but LP Psyence Fic­tion. The sam­ple of Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola re­flect­ing on Apoc­a­lypse Now is a dark in-joke about am­bi­tion.

5 RAB­BIT IN YOUR HEAD­LIGHTS UNKLE (1998)

A Ra­dio­head/Mo’ Wax col­lab that yielded a beau­ti­ful night­mare, achiev­ing UNKLE’s aim of mak­ing mu­sic both genre-bust­ingly new and deeply mov­ing.

6 REIGN UNKLE (2003)

UNKLE’s sec­ond and best col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ian Brown sounds like a thun­der­storm clos­ing in, with a threat­en­ing string ar­range­ment based on Scott Walker’s Tilt.

7 BURN MY SHADOW UNKLE (2007)

Ian Ast­bury does his best Jim Mor­ri­son im­pres­sion on this strik­ingly odd take on desert-rock, pro­duced by Chris Goss. The peak of UNKLE’s rock phase.

8 FOL­LOW ME DOWN UNKLE (2010)

A slinky, hyp­notic Krautrocker fea­tur­ing a Björk­ish vo­cal by Rachel Fan­nan of psych band Sleepy Sun. Great remix by UNKLE alum­nus Goldswor­thy, too.

9 …LIKE CLOCK­WORK Queens Of The Stone Age (2013)

Lavelle’s work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Josh Homme pro­duced this rue­ful rock’n’soul bal­lad, the ti­tle track of QOTSA’s 2013 al­bum.

10 SUN­RISE (AL­WAYS COMES AROUND) UNKLE (2017)

The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss sounds dawn­dazed on this house track, writ­ten on the night of a group out­ing to see Un­der­world.

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