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Irrepressible Discoveries: James Lavelle Of UNKLE's 13 Favourite Albums
Elizabeth Aubrey , September 18th, 2017 14:19

With a new album on the way and a much-anticipated set at Brighton's Attenborough Centre at the ready, James Lavelle, the man behind UNKLE and Mo' Wax, takes Elizabeth Aubrey through the 13 records that shaped him


Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

For me, this is my ultimate guilty pleasure. I actually recorded part of Psyence Fiction in the studio that they recorded Rumours. It was a bit of a dirty record to talk about when I was doing Mo’ Wax!

I didn't engage with rock and pop as a kid: I was very much about hip hop, electro house, and everything being very modern. Then I discovered a lot of these records. It wasn’t that I hadn't heard these records because everybody did – you just heard them, because they were such monumental records. But I didn't engage with them in the way that I did now until later. I'm talking about when I was an early teenager and you start discovering the power of songs, what songs mean, the history of things, and I think there was a lot of stuff with that record and the process of how it was made that I kind of found intriguing.

It was one of those records that I just fell in love with. We were going to do a cover version from it actually. There's a track on Psyence Fiction called ‘Celestial Annihilation’, this kind of instrumental track. Originally that was actually meant to be a cover version of ‘Dreams’ with Badly Drawn Boy, but we didn't do it in the end sadly.