U.N.K.L.E. was originally a collaboration between James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy, with DJ Shadow working into the vibe.
Guest spots came from a host characters, including Kool G Rap, Ian Brown, Richard Ashcroft, Badly Drawn Boy, Mike D, and that classic Thom Yorke track “Rabbit In Your Headlights.”
The album was a culmination of so many of the elements that were around in the nineties: alternative music, Britpop, hip hop and electronic music. The styles were varied on the album, most bands at the time were either in one of those genre camps or another, and they might have an experimental track which brought in an outside influence. But most bands were still sticking to the tried and true strategy of monogenre.
changed all of that. It blended the worlds together so seamlessly that they all sounded like they were meant to overlap. The long-term effect was to provide a road map for bands in the future who wanted to be more diverse in their styles, and not just stick to one genre. This helped shape my view of music and the world at the time — the world was no longer about boundaries and limitations and was now about possibilities and new ideas.
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