UNKLE will release new 'Rōnin' mixtape on March 26th.
The project taps back into its club roots, with James Lavelle citing those seminal That's How It Is club sessions alongside Gilles Peterson as a key influence.
Out on March 26th, 'Rōnin' was constructed during lockdown, and it aims to tap into the energy of an UNKLE live show.
James Lavelle comments: “‘Rōnin’ was an idea that started in lockdown back in June 2020 where Steven (Weston) and I started doing some remixes for a new set we thought we would be playing later in the year. As the lockdown continued and any hope of live shows disappeared, we decided to work on it as a mixtape where we could create an hours worth of new remixes and incorporate brand new tracks in the spirit of a new live show, but give it a proper release due to the circumstances...”
He adds: “I wanted to take a look at my work across ‘The Road’ period and create club versions of particular tracks, reflecting the mood of where we are, but to also take it into an optimistic uplifting place.”
“To create a mix that felt like both letting go and coming together - the best things that club music can do to take you on a journey through all the eclectic elements of a set I love to play. I looked at certain songs where I felt the lyrics were in feeling with the current world we are living in. Most of the songs were recorded before Covid-19 hit, there was a lot of struggle, uncertainty and political change and unrest at that time. The pandemic has just amplified that, so I felt the songs still resonated with today’s situation giving them a new lease of life.”
New track 'Do Yourself Some Good' is online now - check it out below.
‘Rōnin I’ Mixtape out March 26th on Studio:UNKLE.
Photo Credit: Warren Du Preez
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