August 24, 2021

Roots to Grooves – UNKLE

Welcome to our weekly podcast “Roots to Grooves”.
Each episode explores the music, life and careers of musical artists from their earliest beginnings through to their most recent releases.

This week musicians Jay Purcell and Jesse Quigley discuss the career and creative approaches of British trip-hop/experimental project “UNKLE” led by James Lavelle.

UNKLE” is a British musical outfit founded in 1992 by James Lavelle.

James was the founder of iconic UK record label “MoWax”. A label known for championing underground hip-hop in the 90’s and bringing artists like DJ Shadow to prominence in the UK. The “UNKLE” was project was something James had been trying to work on for over a decade before he decided to ask Shadow for help in producing the material. What resulted was the cult classic “Psyence Fiction” which dropped in 1998.

Since those early days, “MoWax” as a functioning label is no longer, and DJ Shadow has moved on to his own illustrious career. But James has stuck it out with “UNKLE“, producing multiple albums with new producers and collaborating with artists such as Josh Homme from Queens of The Stoneage and singer/songwriter Mark Lanegan.

In this episode Jay and Jesse explore the origins of UNKLE and James Lavelle.

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