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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.

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Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
Similar to NWA, it had that power. It definitely personified the glory days of the beginning of hip hop. Especially here, it was massive; it had such a big impact within my social world. I was young, and seeing Public Enemy and the whole image walking down Carnaby Street, the baseball jackets, Def Jam - that whole attitude was so new and fresh. The production at the time was unreal; Bomb Squad were the best out there. It took hip hop to a completely new level. Socially, lyrically, what they were standing for, those things were very important - how it culturally impacted on black and white culture at that time. And how it translated and spread across the whole world.


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