Daydreaming With… James Lavelle: Camden
Season of specially curated events from Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder
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In celebration of a monumental career and the release of the incredible new album from UNKLE – “The Road: Part I” – pioneer, renaissance man and curator James Lavelle has announced a Daydreaming With… event in one of London’s cultural hubs, Camden, this September.
This will include a week of shows curated by James Lavelle at The Jazz Cafe, an UNKLE headline show at KOKO and more special events in Camden – FULL DETAILS FOR ALL EVENTS TO FOLLOW VERY SOON.
“Camden has some of the best live music venues in London, from The Jazz Cafe, to KOKO, to The Roundhouse. As one of the first DJs to play at the Jazz Cafe, it takes me back to the roots of where I came from. The artists performing reflect where I come from musically and culturally when I started djing, and that is a major focus for the programming. Camden is where it first started for me. The first gig I ever went to was Soul II Soul in 1989 and I used to come to the market as a teenager, go to Dingwall’s for the Talkin’ Loud night, and comb the masses of record and clothing shops that were around at that time. It was very culturally important for me at the beginning of my career but also, Camden has been my home for the last 20 years.” – James Lavelle
The first, in what will be a series of special events across the borough, James Lavelle, the legendary figure behind Mo’Wax records and UNKLE, is set to curate a week long residency at The Jazz Café.
Coinciding with the release of UNKLE’s fifth studio album, The Road: Part I, the specially curated shows run 15th – 21st September and each event will focus on the various stages of his prolific 30-year career. Tickets for all shows are available now from the links below.
Starting where it all began, James celebrates his Mo’Wax roots on Friday 15th . 20 years after the release of their their self-titled debut album on Mo’Wax, Attica Blues return for a one off live show. The night will also feature a showcase from artists including the incredible Elliott Power, Mïnk, and Thinkpiece, all of whom guest on the new UNKLE album – “The Road: Part I. This night of incredible live music will culminate in “Dusted” – the Mo’Wax residency which originally took place at the legendary Blue Note club in Hoxton Square. Presented by James Lavelle and Charlie Dark with a line up of classic DJ’s including the massively influential DJ Milo (The Wild Bunch, Major Force) and highly respected artist /producer Trevor Jackson (Playgroup). Don’t miss this!
Saturday 16th sees James welcoming two of the most innovative figures in electronic music today, Dorian Concept and Luke Abbott. Ninja Tune’s Dorian Concept and Border Community’s Luke Abbott have a gift for producing delicate electronic music that breathes with genuine humanity and warmth. Their double headline show is a must for all electronic music fans. This will be followed on by a DJ set from Jazzanova’s serial vinyl collector Claas Brieler and an electronica set from James Lavelle and Matthew Puffett (F.B.A) . James and Matthew first met when James was 14 and formed his first DJ crew – Underground Movement – and most recently collaborated together, co-writing the new UNKLE album, The Road: part I.
Bristol soundsystem pioneers Smith & Mighty (who produced Massive Attack’s first album) and Fresh 4 (featuring a collective of pioneering Drum and Bass DJ’s, Krust, SUV and Flynn) take the stage on Sunday 17th for a look back at James’s musical beginnings. These are the sounds that inspired James to start Djing and to go on to form Mo’Wax and UNKLE. James will follow their set with a sound system set of his own.
On Monday 18th, James hosts a string ensemble tribute to the late, great David Axelrod who sadly passed away earlier this year. David was a revolutionary jazz artist whose release marked a brave, new and different direction for James’s Mo’Wax label. His work has been sampled by artists across the board, from DJ Shadow to Dr Dre and everyone inbetween. James Lavelle released his last record on Mo’Wax, which still holds the Guinness World Record for the longest time taken to complete an album. Followed with a special Jazz set from James Lavelle (like the ones he used to play at the legendary “That’s How It Is!” night at Bar Rumba) your Tuesday morning is set to be ruined after a great night out!
One of James’s favourite childhood bands, the mighty Loose Ends perform on Tuesday 19th. Their hit “Hanging On A String” was a staple in James’s early DJ sound system days and they are key figures in British R&B history. They are supported by up and coming London artist Joe Fox, who features on the most recent A$AP Rocky album. To be followed by a rare soul set by James Lavelle.
The next stop on James’s residency sees a celebration of some of the UK’s finest pioneering hip hop talent on Wednesday 20th. Making their second appearance at Jazz Café after a triumphant reunion show in January, the illusive group Task Force will perform alongside legendary London posse MC Rodney P and celebrated MC Skinnyman. James Lavelle will also play a Hip Hop set.
The week ends on Thursday 21st with a live performance from the formidable Lee Scratch Perry. A pioneering figure in the invention of dub music, James has been a long time fan of Perry’s work going back to his early days working at Honest Jon’s Records on Portobello Road. James would hear his sound and witness the legendary reggae revive at the back of the shop…many lessons were learned…. Dub Reggae sets will follow by Charlie Dark (Attica Blues) and Jagger ( who worked with James at his clothing label Surrender, and now runs Supreme London).
Following the week residency at Jazz Cafe, UNKLE will play their first live show since their sold out performance at Somerset House last year at KOKO on September 26th. Tickets for this intimate show go on sale Wednesday July 12th priced £22.50 . Be quick – tickets for this show will FLY!
Following on from the success of single “Looking For The Rain” which was heavily played on 6 Music, UNKLE reveal their new track “Sunrise (Always Comes Around)” featuring Liela Moss from The Duke Spirit. The album is available for pre-order now and you will receive instant grat downloads of “Sunrise, Looking For The Rain, Cowboys or Indians, The Road and Sick Lullaby”. Preorder “The Road: Part I” HERE.
Having curated the most successful Meltdown since the Festival began, Lavelle started putting the building blocks together for UNKLE’s fifth studio album: “The Road: Part I”. That night reignited a desire to create something fresh and innovative, music that celebrated the rich history of UNKLE, whilst at the same time looked to the future. ESKA, Keaton Henson, Liela Moss, Philip Sheppard and Mark Lanegan all performed with UNKLE that night. Little did he know that all of them would go on to collaborate with him on a new UNKLE record.
“I hadn’t made a record in a long time, and the incarnation of UNKLE had changed in that now, it was me on my own. For that reason, I wanted to make a record that I hadn’t been able to before, going back to the roots of where I came from, with a foot in modern London”.
Lavelle set out to make a record that tapped into the multicultural landscape of modern London. His mission was to unite the eclectic mix of ideas, cultures and genres under the UNKLE umbrella and create something unique.
In the twenty years since UNKLE’s debut album Psyence Fiction, Lavelle has been prolific. He created four studio albums with UNKLE (Psyence Fiction, Never Never Land, War Stories and Where Did The Night Fall ), a host of critically acclaimed film scores, and curated a series of art exhibitions through Daydreaming With… most notably, the hugely successful Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick exhibition at Somerset House in 2016, Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents THE ROAD: SOHO at the Lazarides Gallery in early 2017 and his latest exhibition Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents THE ROAD: LEEDS DOCK which took place over the weekend of June 24-25th this year. These exhibitions have partly been a celebration of 25 years of UNKLE and whilst ‘The Road: Part 1’ may be their fifth studio album, it is in many ways a new beginning.
With shows booked throughout the year and “The Road: Part II” already in the making, it feels that even after 25 years, the road for UNKLE has only just begun.
More news to follow soon… keep an eye on the UNKLE socials.