Perpetually-shifting UK collective UNKLE are returning with their first new full-length since 2010’s Where Did The Night Fall. The project, which is led by James Lavelle, released a new song today called “Cowboys Or Indians,” a skittering, steadily-creeping six-minute compisition that which features guest spots from Elliott Power, YSÉE, and Mïnk. No word yet as to when their new album will be released, but you can listen to the new track and read some words from Lavelle via Clash below.
Right back since the beginning I’ve always wanted to make a record that comes from a soul background. For some reason it never happened, so I’ve gone right back to the beginning, like Massive Attack’s ‘Blue Lines’ or Smith & Mighty, and I wanted to give sound system records a modern twist. It’s a nod to my childhood.
Cowboys or Indians’ was recorded in Berlin, London and Somerset. London is incredibly important to me. I wanted to make a record that is an ode to the past with a foot in modern London. This track comes from more of my hip-hop roots than my most recent records, going back to a similar process to ‘Psyence Fiction’. It’s a love letter to London and the music it’s influenced by.
The track looks back to the way I grew up with records as a teenager. When I grew up I was exposed to sound systems, hip-hop, post punk, and acid house. I’ve tried to combine these influences in a modern way, working with young artists such as Elliott Power, YSÉE and Mïnk. Their inspirations have made this record more contemporary. Elliott Power is very English; he’s not a rapper that’s trying to be American. He brings that British multi-cultural feel to the music.