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U.N.K.L.E. is the recording name originally employed by James Lavelle (1974, Oxford, England) of leading UK hip-hop label, Mo Wax Records, and American turntablist DJ Shadow (b. Josh Davis, 1 January 1973, Hayward, California, USA). Their Psyence Fiction set was released amid a blaze of hype and publicity in September 1998, debuting at number 4 on the UK album chart and establishing itself (for a brief time, at least) as the album to be listening to. Three years in the making, the album featured the talents of Richard Ashcroft of the Verve, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy. It embraced a range of styles from brooding, orchestrated trip-hop to breakbeat and rap. A brave project, it received mixed critical responses and was felt by some to have suffered from over-ambitiousness. The tour supporting the album caused some controversy when fans discovered that it did not feature any of the celebrity guests on...