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Baker's Dozen

Baker's Dozen: UNKLE'S James Lavelle On His 13 Favourite Records
Lev Harris , April 20th, 2011 04:56

UNKLE’s James Lavelle steps up to the Baker’s Dozen plate to illuminate us on the records that have shaped him and his band’s sound.


Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
Rated R is a brilliant album, but this record - as a beginning, middle and end - was QOTSA’s most defining record. The interaction between Nick, Josh and Mark was unbelievable and I loved that dynamic that reminded me in the same way of Massive Attack - different people performing on different songs, which was unusual for a rock record. The beauty of what Josh did vocally against the heaviness of Nick and soulfulness of Mark was brilliant. It was really influential for me in the way I looked at beats and drums, and the way those songs were put together. They were unique journeys themselves. Everything at the time was all about lo-fi and New York cool - what was going on with the Strokes and the White Stripes - and this record had so much bollocks to it. There’s a melancholy and darkness to it, but also classic rock & roll. They’re one of my favourite bands.