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UNKLE is an English experimental trip hop / hip hop collective founded by James Lavelle and Tim Goldsworthy in 1994. Since the band's inception, many artists and producers have taken part in the project. This is particularly the case of DJ Shadow, Toshio Nakanishi or Tim Goldsworthy.

James Lavelle, founder of the Mo'Wax label, is at the origin of the UNKLE collective. Between 1994 and 1997, he brought together Tim Goldsworthy, Masayuki Kudo and Toshio Nakanishi to produce a series of EPs. Many DJs such as Geoff Barrow and Portishead are invited to the project.

In 1997, DJ Shadow took part in the project on the occasion of the release of the first UNKLE album. James Lavelle and DJ Shadow released the album "Psyence Fiction" in 1998, which met with great success. The album features quality collaborations such as Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Mark Hollis (Talk Talk), Mike D (Beastie Boys), Kool G Rap, Jason Newsted (Metallica), Badly Drawn Boy and Richard Ashcroft.

DJ Shadow leaves the band just after the promotional tour of the album "Psyence Fiction" and is replaced by Scratch Perverts. In 1999, Rich File remixed the song "Unreal" by adding lyrics of Ian Brown. The song comes out in the form of a single entitled "Be There".

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