Unkle (also written as UNKLE and U.N.K.L.E.) were founded in 1994 by school friends James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy. They were joined by Masayuki Kudo and Toshio Nakanishi of the Japanese hip hop crew Major Force. They also brought on board a host of collaborating artists, including Money Mark ( Beastie Boys), and the Scratch Perverts. Their first release in 1994 was the EP The Time Has Come, on Lavelle's recording label Mo' Wax.In 1995, while working on their debut album, Lavelle and Goldsworthy disagreed over the direction the music was taking. Goldsworthy wanted to continue with the Mo' Wax house style of earlier tracks, while Lavelle wanted to bring in singers, hip hop and rock artists. Goldsworthy left the group and went on to work with Belfast DJ and producer David Holmes. From these early sessions, Berry Meditation and several tracks with Money Mark and Beastie Boys producer Mario Caldato Jr. were subsequently released as singles, and several without Lavelle surfaced on the album Major Force West in 1997.
Lavelle drafted in DJ Shadow to work on the debut album, and essentially discarded all previously recorded material. Lavelle and Shadow released Psyence Fiction in 1998 to critical acclaim. The album included collaborations with an all-star lineup including Thom Yorke, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Kool G. Rap, Jason Newsted (Metallica), Badly Drawn Boy and Richard Ashcroft (The Verve). Shadow left the group after touring Psyence Fiction and was replaced by turntablist group the Scratch Perverts, who deconstructed the album and performed it live on turntables in 1999.
In 2001, Lavelle, amid much work as a DJ, recruited singer/songwriter Richard File together they resurfaced as Unklesounds, with a DJ mix created for Japanese radio entitled Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats? This highlighted a new, more electronic direction the group had taken, and featured a number of tracks from Psyence Fiction, remixed in an ambient style. Richard File co-produced, played and sang on the second album, Never, Never, Land, released in 2003. The album again featured a number of high-profile contributors, including Ian Brown, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack) and Mani (The Stone Roses, Primal Scream) among others. Due in part to label changes (the album was variously released by Mo' Wax, Universal Island Records and Global Underground) and Lavelle's trademark insistence on multiple formats, it was not a major success.
Lavelle and File continued releasing mixes as Unklesounds. The mix album Edit Music for a Film: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Reconstruction, featuring movie samples and tracks from film soundtracks, was created for the After Dark 2004 event at the ICA London. A single CD version was handed out at the event, and it was released officially as an extended two disc set in 2005. In September 2006, Global Underground released Self Defence: Never, Never, Land Reconstructed and Bonus Beats, a CD box set of remixes and bonus tracks from the Never, Never, Land sessions, including tracks previously only available on the original DVD release of the album. It also contained remixes of a track mooted for their next album, featuring Ian Astbury of The Cult, titled "Burn My Shadow".
War Stories, the third album from Unkle, was released in summer 2007. The album again featured a number of guests including Josh Homme, Gavin Clarke, Robert Del Naja, Ian Astbury, The Duke Spirit, Autolux and Neil Davidge. Following the release of the single "Hold My Hand", Pablo Clements (of The Psychonauts) became an Unkle member. In January 2008 Unkle released More Stories, containing a mix of B-sides, remixes, unreleased War Stories session tracks, and music composed for the film Odyssey In Rome. The same month, Richard File announced he was leaving Unkle after 10 years' collaboration to pursue work with his new band, We Fell to Earth. Unkle's fourth full album titled End Titles... Stories for Film was released in July 2008. It includes collaborations from Chris Goss, Black Mountain, Philip Sheppard, Dave Bateman, Joel Cadbury, and James Petralli (White Denim). The album is described in the sleeve notes by Lavelle as "not a new album in the usual sense, but new music that has been inspired by the moving image."
Unkle Sounds - Widescreen Edit ~ A New Hope (58:30 ^ 355mb)
01 - Unkle Sounds - Intro
02 - Joe Budden - Focus
03 - Lox, The Featuring DMX & Lil' Kim - Money, Power, Respect
04 - Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathurstra (Main Theme) (Unkle Sounds - Piano Workssounds Edit)
05 - Unkle - Blackout
06 - Unkle / Massive Attack - Lonely Soul / End Titles (Welcome To Sarajevo)
07 - Walter Carlos - Title Music From A Clockwork Orange
08 - Massive Attack - I Against I
09 - Genuine Childs - DVD Menu Score
10 - DJ Shadow / Tomoyasu Hotei - GDMFSOB (Unkle Uncensored) / Battle Without Honour Or Humanity
11 - Dust Brothers, The - One Inch Punch
12 - Chris Isaak - Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing (Unklesounds Edit)
13 - Sid Vicious - My Way
14 - Vangelis - lush Response (Unklesounds Edit)
15 - Unkle / Dillinja - Safe In Mind / Angels Fell
16 - Unkle - I Need Something Stronger
17 - Unkle Sounds - Outro
Unkle Sounds - Bonus Material Edit ~ Strikes Back (66:55 ^ 403mb)
01 - Unkle Sounds - Intro / Eye For An Eye (Strings Section)
02 - Unkle & South - Cocaine And Camcorders (Unkle Variation)
03 - Unkle & South - Paranoid (Unkle Variation)
04 - Thomas Bangalter - Night Beats
05 - Unkle - Have You Passed Through This Night?
06 - Dylan Rhymes - The Way
07 - Cliff Martinez / Meat Katie - Is That What Everybody Else Wants / Next Life
08 - Nancy Sinatra - Bang Bang (Unklesounds Edit)
09 - Moby / Unkle - God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters / In A State
10 - Elton John - Tiny Dancer (Unklesounds Edit)
11 - Unkle Sounds - Outro
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