Tuesday, 6 November 2007


Elton John & Kiki Dee, Queen & David Bowie, The KLF & Tammy Wynette, Run DMC & Aerosmith... um, Westlife & Mariah Carey? Collaborations can be fun, can't they? Ex-Mo' Wax label boss James Lavelle obviously thinks so and he collects his 'Unkle feat.' releases like Panini stickers. The shiniest from his collection would include work with Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft, Ian Brown, Josh Homme, Brian Eno, Slam and Badly Drawn Boy.

A bit back he also worked with Graham Gouldman of seminal local oufit 10cc. Seemingly drafted in to provide the same multi-layered vocal effect as demonstrated on, the classic, 'I'm Not In Love', the resulting 'In A State' was a spacious standout from the Unkle album Never Never Land complete with Mani (Stone Roses/Primal Scream) on bass. It also received a full release with remixes from the likes of Sasha, Total Science and The DFA.

Only Graham Gouldman's about to take 10cc out on stage again with a Lowry date providing an opportunity to hear his aforementioned ambient outing alongside the likes of 'Dreadlock Holiday'. Similarly Unkle play Academy 1 (although we dare say the big name vocalists heard in the studio work will be elsewhere). The vocal on 'In A State', by the way, comes courtesy of Lavelle's Unkle partner Richard File.

MP3: Unkle - 'In A State'
MP3: 10cc vs Destiny's Child [2 Many DJ's mash-up lifted from As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt 2]

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