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May 2020

  • 29/5 - Regular UNKLE contributor Jack Leonard has announced he is no longer working with UNKLE. On Instagram he recently about UNKLE's On My Knees featuring Michael Kiwanuka, from Alfonso Cueron’s Music inspired by the film Roma album. He said "Truly humbled to be involved. Think this was the last thing I did with James so concludes an epic chapter in my life." See the post here.
  • 29/5 - UNKLE have announced that the instruments for their album War Stories will be released on June 3rd 2020. Initially teased on Instagram, James Lavelle confirmed on Twitter that it was an instrumental release, though whether it will be digital or physical has not been mentioned. Select editions of War Stories were released with a bonus CD of instrumentals in 2007.
  • 25/5 - DJ Shadow has shared several old mixes from his archive on Mixcloud. Some from his Mo' Wax era. Listen here.
  • 24/5 - James Lavelle has shared his That's How It Is mix via the We Out Here Festival Mixcloud. Listen here. He also shared the following statement: "That's How It Is' was the club I started in the early '90s with Gilles Peterson which took place every Monday night at Bar Rumba on London's Shaftesbury Avenue, in the heart of Soho. I was 18 at the time, and together with his long term collaborator Janine Neye,‏ and Swifty on visuals, we launched the night. This is part of a series of mixes I've put together representing the time I played at the club, with this first part representing an extended warm up session, where it allowed me to experiment and develop what later became known as trip-hop."
  • 24/5 - Yesterday James Lavelle conducted a live tweet along to UNKLE's War Stories album on his Twitter account. You can read back over an archive here.
  • 22/5 - James Lavelle was due to perform at We Out Here festival in August but the festival has been postponed until Summer 2021. Read the festivals announcement here
  • 22/5 - James Lavelle has added some new playlists to his Spotify. He explained on Instagram: "I found that there was a lack of interesting playlists championing new music, and Transmissions focuses on that. The second playlist, Lockdown Road is a soundtrack inspired by these unique and challenging times. Both playlists will be regularly updated, so make sure you follow them."
  • 22/5 - UNKLE collaborator Matthew Puffett took part in an episode of the Headliner Radio podcast where he discussed his career, and remixing with UNKLE. Listen on Spotify here.
  • 14/5 - Yesterdays episode of James Lavelle's Living In My Headphones is now available to listen to on Mixcloud. At the end of the show Lavelle mentions he will be back on Soho Radio for a new show on Monday June 1st, and that he will now be presenting a show every two weeks from then on. He also mentions he will have some new Spotify playlists up soon, a That's How It Is mix uploaded Friday, and that he is working on new music.
  • 13/5 - UNKLE's drummer, Alex Thomas, has taken part in a podcast called The Creative Voice, where he discusses his work. Listen on Spotify here.
  • 13/5 - UNKLE also released two more colours of their recent Billion Years T-shirts, now in grey and olive. They sold out quickly.

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