UNKLE’s James Lavelle rolls into Phase One for album signing and fan meet and greet


UNKLE at Jacaranda Phase One

Iconic label boss James Lavelle of UNKLE delivered a special meet and greet session, Getintothis’ Will Whitby went down to Jacaranda Record Phase One to check it out.

The performance by James Lavelle of UNKLE was the latest in a growing list of album signing and live show combo nights Phase One have been putting on.

More than just a night to see your favourite act, these are a lot more intimate and personal in the close surroundings of the ever-growing venue to both hear and meet belter acts.

Tonight was no exception with Lavelle smiling and signing copies of his latest release The Road: Part II / Lost Highway.

Taking to the stage slim and bespeckled and to little fanfare aside from a very modest hello, Lavelle got to work straight away with his table of Pioneer mixers.

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Big sounds followed opening with On My Knees, a track featuring soul artist Michael Kiwanuka, smooth warm vocals joined with strong synthy strings to a full-body onslaught from the drums at the end which sounded massive on Phase One’s boss PA.

UNKLE as a group helped introduce DJ Shadow to the world and there’s something special seeing someone as influential as Lavelle so laid-back in his performance.

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No fancy light shows or Steve Aoki chucking pies into people’s face, its just dance music at its heart- big hooks and even bigger beats

Remixing Massive Attack’s behemoth Unfinished Symphony to close, all I could remember was growing up with my dad playing early dance hits. Massive drums, percussive pleasures and addictive ear-grabbing vocals.

Its a sound that defined the 90s, and me discovering early dance as a teenager in the 2000s, the track conjures up so much respect, mystery and admiration as one thing is for certain – good dance music and iconic record selectors like James Lavelle will never lose their cool.

Pictures by Getintothis Warren Millar






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