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Editors’ Notes

Over its lifespan, UNKLE has come to be more of a concept than a "band" in the traditional sense. There have been several iterations of the group's key members, and a dizzying amount of credited and uncredited appearances by artists from all over the musical spectrum. However, UNKLE as a concept truly took root with Psyence Fiction. James Lavelle and DJ Shadow commissioned help from Thom Yorke, Mike D, Kool G Rap, and Mark Hollis, among others, crafting an album that was wrought in a crucible of trip-hop but incorporated a more ambitious gamut of sound. One of those rare albums that exists seemingly out of time, Psyence Fiction managed a divergent roster of contributors, sounds, and attitudes—but it all curiously fits. If anything, the work of UNKLE could be seen more as the product of a talented film director; there's no question that these works stylistically belong to the UNKLE oeuvre, but the album's coherence sees to it that the music speaks to the listener more than the list of collaborators. 

Customer Reviews

Muisical Stew

An Avante-garde collective of musical styles and cadence. This is more of an excellent collaborative music project than a cohesive album, and yet it all works. Standout tracks are "Rabbit in your Headlights" (with Thom Yorke) and "Lonely Soul" (with Richard Ashcroft).

Psyence Fiction

What a Deal! Its hard enough to find this cd in a music store, let alone at a good price. So the world must jump on this offer, it will change your prespective on reality forever.

Psyence Fiction

Timeless record ... even after 8 years still can hold its own. Also anyone can see that working on this album impacted Tom Yorke's career for the better.


Formed: 1994 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Experimental hip-hop outfit UNKLE were one of the original artists releasing material through noted U.K. label Mo' Wax, which helped launch the instrumental, mid-'90s downtempo breakbeat revival eventually termed trip-hop. Though hardly the label's highest-profile group (at least until the long-delayed release of their debut LP in 1998), UNKLE's members included label head James Lavelle, who formed Mo' Wax while still in his teens as an antidote to the increasingly stale acid jazz/Northern soul scene....
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