SOMETIMES a musician comes along and strikes a chord inside that changes your perception of sound forever.
For me, that musician was James Lavelle, who at long last is performing in Lancaster - making me a very happy man.
Veering off from the norm slightly, Lancaster library has booked the DJ, producer, and recording artist - who has worked with Thom Yorke, DJ Shadow, Massive Attack, Queens of the Stone Age, The Verve, Beck, Roots Manuva and Ian Brown - to let loose a wall of sound and visuals on January 15.
Lavelle was responsible for releasing DJ Shadow’s Entroducing...in 1996 on his MoWax record label, and the pair then got together to record under the UNKLE moniker, releasing Psyence Fiction in 1998, featuring collaborations with Richard Ashcroft, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Badly Drawn Boy and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and was like, in my opinion, nothing else that had come before.
It got to number four in the UK album charts.
Some of the best songs by the previously mentioned artists are those that have been given the UNKLE treatment, and follow up album Never, Never Land, with Richard File in place of DJ Shadow, was as intense as it gets.
See the Lancaster Guardian (01-12-11) for full story.