Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones direct the mesmerising new video for UNKLE & Keaton Henson’s ‘Sick Lullaby’.
Part of the “Mo’ Wax Future Past” vinyl series, in collaboration with The Fourness.
Toydrum aka Griffith and Clements met as members of UNKLE and have released two critically acclaimed albums – Distant Focus Vol. 1 and Evangelist – under the Toydrum moniker. The latter featured the late musical maverick Gavin Clark most notably on the soundtrack for Shane Meadow’s This Is England ’90.
Gavin Clark died in 2015 aged just 46 and it was his death that proved the catalyst for To Reinvision. “We wanted as many people as possible to hear Gavin’s songs,” says Pablo. “These new versions will introduce Gavin to a whole different audience. His legacy needs to be strong and we feel these versions will help with that.”
Pulling in the best loved moments from their debut ‘Distant Focus Vol. 1’ and ‘Evangelist’, ‘My Eye On You (To Reinvision) sees Frank Wiedemann of Âme give ‘God Song’ a glistening house pulse, Beyond The Wizard Sleeve’s Richard Norris reimagine ‘Know One Will Ever Know’ as choral electro plus the hazy, melancholic deconstruction of ‘I’ve Got A Future’ by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
Toydrum not only found themselves influencing musicians but also a growing host of filmmakers. ‘I’ve Got A Future‘ inspired the short film ‘The Hope You Promised Was Love‘ directed by Jack Weatherley and starring Jim Sturgess (of ‘Cloud Atlas/Feed The Beast fame) and Stacy Martin (from Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’).
Speaking to Clash about the new track, Lavelle said: “Right back since the beginning I’ve always wanted to make a record that comes from a soul background. For some reason it never happened, so I’ve gone right back to the beginning, like Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’ or Smith & Mighty, and I wanted to give sound system records a modern twist. It’s a nod to my childhood.”
“‘Cowboys ir Indians’ was recorded in Berlin, London and Somerset,” he continues. “London is incredibly important to me. I wanted to make a record that is an ode to the past with a foot in modern London. This track comes from more of my hip-hop roots than my most recent records, going back to a similar process to ‘Psyence Fiction’. It’s a love letter to London and the music it’s influenced by.”
“The track looks back to the way I grew up with records as a teenager. When I grew up I was exposed to sound systems, hip-hop, post punk, and acid house. I’ve tried to combine these influences in a modern way, working with young artists such as Elliott Power, YSÉE and Mïnk. Their inspirations have made this record more contemporary. Elliott Power is very English; he’s not a rapper that’s trying to be American. He brings that British multi-cultural feel to the music.”
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Here’s a great new remix of TEN FÉ’s “Make Me Better” from UNKLE! The remix beautifully enhances the track’s introspective overtones by placing Leo’s airy vocals in a cavernous electronic soundscape, driven by its brooding synths and a pulsing backbeat.
“Make Me Better” (UNKLE Reconstruction) is out now and is following the stunning triumvirate of singles “Elodie,” “In The Air” and “Make Me Better” which give a taste of TEN FÉ’s debut album.
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.
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.
Today, London Grammar announced the release of a second remix EP for their critically acclaimed debut album “If You Wait”. The exclusive new EP features a sophisticated set of remixes by celebrated producer/DJ’s such as Claude Von Stroke (the man behind of one America’s most innovative House labels Dirtybird Records), Zero 7, and UNKLE, as well as some of this year’s most hyped beatmakers Evian Christ, Tensnake and Tourist, all of whom have put their unique trademark twist on the band’s original tracks. Listen closely to the Zero 7 mix for a graceful vocal cameo by their long time collaborator and friend, renowned Australian artist Sia.
Get the full EP here: http://smarturl.it/LGRemixes.
In other news, London Grammar recently appeared on VH1 + Palladia’s inaugural “Soundclash” series alongside Grammy Award winning, platinum-selling rapper T.I. and Grammy Award nominated, three-time VMA winner Fall Out Boy. Watch their collaborative performance of “Live Your Life” here.
1. Strong (Claude Von Stroke Remix)
2. Strong (Evian Christ Remix)
3. Hey Now (Zero 7 Remix)
4. Hey Now (Tensnake Remix)
5. Sights (Tourist Version)
6. Hey Now (UNKLE Remix)