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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.


Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Blue Lines is the defining record culturally and historically, but I think Mezzanine is a better record. Sonically, it’s unreal, the mix on that record. They did the same thing that Radiohead did; they took the post-punk parts that they were growing up with, together with the influence of soul and reggae, and combined it in a way to create a very unique and powerful record. The balance between live, electronic and bottom end is one of the best mixes ever in that way. It brought an intimacy to the band; it made them more of a band.

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