This bit of news felt like it was the late 90s all over again. When we heard that UNKLE had done a remix for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds project we were on the edge of our seats in acticipation. This is particularly because we always thought that the only constant in James Lavelle's contsantly morphing UNKLE project was that his sound was always better suited to male vocals. This is not to say we didn't love latest album "Where did the Night Fall" which focused heavily on female voices, yet UNKLE's collaborations with Ian Brown (Stone Roses), Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), Badly Drawn Boy, Mike D (Beastie Boys), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Ian Astbury (The Cult), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Gavin Clarke (Clayhill), Nick Cave, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees) Joel Cadbury (South), Richard File (former member of UNKLE and currently of We Fell to Earth) and others are the stuff made of legend. Not to mention loads of vocal remixes and club edits for the Verve, Depeche Mode, The Doors, The Doves, The Stone Roses, The Big Pink etc.
In fact the only thing missing from this impresive list is a collaboration with at least one of the Oasis brothers. That day has finally come, granted in the form of a remix, with the epically entitled "Let the Lord Shine a Light on Me." As far as the production goes, the remix is in the vain of the sound developed on UNKLE latest album - an electronic yet somehow deeply organic blend that is hard to explain in words. There are a lot of electronic music artists claiming to exhude emotion and soul from their machines, but few can make their LEDs and glowing screens rock like this: