It is with great honour that we welcome UNKLE‘s very own James Lavelle to Ramsgate for a special DJ set on Saturday 15th April!
For the past 30 years, Lavelle has been at the forefront of global club culture. Known as much for his eclectic DJ sets as for his production work with UNKLE, Lavelle has been lauded as a highly influential tastemaker and musical curator…
“He built up Mo’Wax almost single-handedly… he brought us landmark records from DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, Air, Innerzone Orchestra, and Blackalicious; proved a catalyst in the ongoing renaissance of punk funk by reissuing key Liquid Liquid releases, and eased the enigmatic genius of producer David Axelrod into the spotlight once more” – The Guardian
Lavelle’s ability to craft genre-spanning mixes translated from the club to the studio, where he created contributions to several iconic mix series. After releasing mixes for Tribal Gathering and Cream, he produced the inaugural FABRICLIVE CD, and has gone on to release four critically acclaimed mixes for Global Underground, the most recent of which went to the top of the Electronic charts on iTunes. Pete Tong lauded him as “one of the most gifted minds in music” when introducing his “mind blowing” Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.
Lavelle continues to tour as a DJ, playing a major role in Fabric’s 20th anniversary celebrations, curating two nights at the club and playing alongside Laurent Garnier. He also reunited with Gilles Peterson for a ‘That’s How It Is’ reunion show at We Out Here festival. Away from the dancefloor, Lavelle has recently contributed DJ mixes for Keinemusik, Crosstown Rebels and Mary Anne Hobbs, as well as the soundtrack for Virgil Abloh’s final Off-White show at Paris Fashion Week. His monthly Living In My Headphones shows on Soho Radio serve as a showcase for the more eclectic reaches of his record collection.
He also produces albums under his UNKLE moniker, working with a myriad cast of musical collaborators including Thom Yorke, Michael Kiwanuka, Mark Lanegan, Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Josh Homme. Lavelle also curates multi-sensory art exhibitions, with his highly innovative and hugely successful series ‘Daydreaming With…’ and ‘Beyond the Road’.
“With his trailblazing record label Mo’Wax, James Lavelle brought all manner of groundbreaking music and street culture to a worldwide audience” – Distorted Sound Mag
“Psyence Fiction becomes quite the journey through DJ Shadow and James Lavelle’s headspace. In terms of quality alone, it’s worthy of remembering as one of the best albums of its era” – StereoGum