Rolling Stone August 20 1998
UNKLE's Psyence Fiction was featured in the Hotlist section of August 1998's issue of Rolling Stone magazine, Issue 793. Rolling Stone would also post a review of the album on their website in September 1998.
Front-loading your album with cameos from heavy friends may seem like a decadent Seventies throwback thing to do, but Unkle's new Psyence Fiction is as modern as a brown leather pimp coat. This much-anticipated debut boasts appearances by, among others, Beastie Boy Mike D, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, hip-hop original Kool G. Rap - and the heaviest friend of them all, Metallica's Jason Newsted. The stellar guest list owes everything to Unkle's parentage: The project is the brainchild of esteemed Bay Area collage professor DJ Shadow as well as James Lavelle, founder of post-fabulous U.K. dance label Mo' Wax. Psyence Fiction is no party, however. Shadow and Lavelle have created a moodist meisterwerk, coloring their aesthetically correct boho beats with dark shades of paranoid futurism and prog-rock complexity. The standout track is "Lonely Soul," a chilling nine-minute meditation on mortality from the Verve's Richard Ashcroft - "A Day in the Life" for our times.
September 1998 review by Rolling Stone (archived)