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No. 08: James Lavelle – Trust OST

James Lavelle ‎– Trust (Original Series Soundtrack)
Label: Lakeshore Records
Released: 09 Nov 2018
Genre: Electronic
Style: Soundtrack, Trip-hop, Downtempo

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Video: UNKLE – Looking For The Rain feat. Mark Lanegan, ESKA

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UNKLE will release their new album “The Road: Part 1” on August 18. The follow-up to 2010’s “Where Did the Night Fall” features Primal Scream’s Andrew Innes, Queen of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwan, Dhani Harrison, Mark Lanegan, ESKA, Keaton Henson, and the Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss.

Watch the video for “Looking For The Rain” featuring Mark Lanegan and ESKA, below. The video was created by filming a variety of subjects from nature, such as water, crystals and plants. The footage was composited in several stages to eventually form a moving tunnel of light that features synchronised repetition and bilateral symmetry.

Tracklist:
The Road: Part 1:
01 Iter I: Have You Looked At Yourself
02 Farewell [ft. YSÉE, ESKA, Elliott Power, Keaton Henson, Liela Moss, Mïnk, Dhani Harrison, and Steven Young]
03 Looking For The Rain [ft. Mark Lanegan and ESKA]
04 Cowboys Or Indians’ [ft. Elliott Power, Mïnk, and YSÉE]
05 Iter II: How Do You Feel
06 Nowhere To Run/Bandits
07 Iter III: Keep On Runnin
08 Stole Enough [ft. Mïnk]
09 Arms Length [ft. Elliott Power, Mïnk and Callum Finn]
10 Iter IV: We Are Stardust
11 Sonata [ft. Keaton Henson]
12 The Road [ft. ESKA]
13 Iter V: Friend Or Foe
14 Sunrise (Always Come Around) [ft. Liela Moss]
15 Sick Lullaby [ft. Keaton Henson]

Video: Elliott Power – Murmur

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With his entrancing new single “Murmur”, London newcomer Elliott Power takes listeners on a beguiling, cinematic excursion through his native city, one which is as sleek as it is unsettling, mysterious even as it is instantly memorable.

“Murmur” is the first fruit borne of a collaboration between the newly reactivated James Lavelle’s Mo’ Wax label (responsible for seminal acts such as DJ Shadow and UNKLE) and Marathon Artists, and, as far as star-crossed alignments go, they could not be any more perfect, with the single splitting the difference between intoxicating, blue eyed soul and woozily leftfield hip hop beats to dazzling, miasmic effect.

Appropriately, the accompanying video enhances and heightens the song’s sense of urban disorientation and displacement. Directed by award winning filmmaker Toby Dye and using over 25 hours of documentary style footage, it is a strange, stylish trip through nocturnal London which sees Power joined by his producer Dorian Lutz, lynchpin of rapidly ascendant art movement NuBrain. The pair lounge in the back of a car as it speeds through the darkly glittering city with all manner of goings on outside, some mundane some troubling, and some utterly surreal. Through Power’s and Dye’s eyes, London has never looked more eerie, more enigmatic or beautiful.

Quote from Elliot Power:
The Murmur video is a vessel that shows modern London by night. Myself, James Lavelle & Toby Dye wanted to make something, firstly British (no Mary Poppins, Tom Bowler hats or Breakfast Tea in sight) and secondly cinematic.
James played Toby the song and kept repeating “It’s London, It’s raw and it’s cinematic” Toby had a quizzical look on his face. As he described the song as both “foreign and familiar” with a “nod to the past and a hint of the future”
The video is made up of 25+ Hours of documentary style footage, as it was important to make the video feel authentic as possible. A lot of the shots are by chance, simply being in the right place at the right time.Our loose reference points were a handful of great British music video’s from the 90’s, Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Michael Mann’s Collateral.
Toby wanted a nonchalant performance to contrast the fast moving pace of a Dystopian London.

James Lavelle pres. UNKLE Sounds – #GU41 – Naples

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Legendary Global Underground is very proud to announce a very special and strictly limited edition of their famous City Series, #GU41 will be mixed by James Lavelle who presents a very special UNKLE SOUNDS Mix from the dynamic Southern European City of Naples in Italy.

For this special mix James has undertaken to create an album full of exclusive UNKLE remixes together with exclusive versions of UNKLE tracks all seamlessly weaved together to bring something which is more of a continuous artist album than a DJ Mix but flows across tempo’s and styles flowing effortless from 100 BPM luscious vocal tracks to 125 BPM club tempo productions.

Tracklisting coming soon…Lookout for the release on October 30.

Elliot Power – On The Windrush (UNKLE Reconstruction)

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Offering another take on Elliott Power’s new track, ‘On The Windrush’ sees member of UNKLE and co-founder of Mo’Wax, James Lavelle step up to remix under the moniker of Unkle Reconstruction.

A song of two halves, On The Windrush begins with Power’s seductive spoken word monologue juxtaposed against the backdrop of production partner, Dorian Lutz’s staccato beats and brooding melodies.

Influenced by the idea of dystopia and of being propelled in to a dark fate with minor hints of optimism; ‘On The Windrush’ is accompanied by a video directed by Sam Pilling (The Weeknd, Drake, Two Door Cinema Club). Centring on a solitary half-man, half-alien creature that is left to wander a post-apocalyptic environment, the video elegantly mirrors Power’s darkly sentiment and mounting tension throughout the track.

‘On The Windrush’ is an assertive nod to the musical terrene set to be unveiled by Elliott Power, with his much anticipated debut album penned for early 2015.

London Grammar – Hey Now (UNKLE Remix)

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London Grammar‘s second remix EP for their critically acclaimed debut album “If You Wait” is out now on Metal & Dust Recordings (as we already posted here) and below, you can stream James Lavelle’s UNKLE great version!

Bombay Bicycle Club – Feel (UNKLE Reconstruction)

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James Lavelle’s UNKLE reconstruct Bombay Bicycle Club‘s new single, Feel, and the result is amazing. This is UNKLE’s second official remix in the last four years. Can’t wait for more.

Radkey – Romance Dawn (UNKLE Reconstruction)

James Lavelle‘s UNKLE project unveiled the first official UNKLE remix in four years, for "Romance Dawn" by garage rock band Radkey. The UNKLE “reconstruction” reimagines the original as high-drama electronica.

Haroon Mirza x James Lavelle – o/o/o/o/

The Vinyl Factory is set release a new 12” vinyl by celebrated British sound artist Haroon Mirza. Haroon’s work pivots around socio-cultural systems such as club culture and their relationship to music so it’s fitting that he has collaborated with one of electronic music’s most influential producers, UNKLE‘s James Lavelle – who has remixed his experimental sound collages into epic widescreen club and ambient versions.

Lavelle’s re-workings are the latest in a series of Haroon Mirza releases on The Vinyl Factory, and follow 2013 remixes by Factory Floor and Django Django. Haroon Mirza vs James Lavelle will be released as 12” vinyl with foiled cover artwork by Mirza, featuring two remixes pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl; limited to 500 copies worldwide. o/o/o/o/ is out on March 10 – pre-order it here.