UNKLE, the group led by James Lavelle, have announced the upcoming release of their fifth studio album, The Road Part 1. News of the release comes after UNKLE dropped the video for “The Road” (watch the video below) directed by Norbert Schoerner in January.
As with previous UNKLE efforts the full-length features a coterie of notable contributors. This time around Lavelle has tapped the musical services of London folk-rock artist/poet Keaton Henson, Primal Scream’s Andrew Innes, The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, singer-songwriter/UNKLE collaborator Mark Lanegan, Mercury Prize nominee ESKA, Queens of the Stone Age drummer Jon Theodore and Beck drummer Justin Stanley. There’s also appearances by emerging artists Elliott Power, Mïnk and YSEÉ as well as contributions from long-time collaborators Philip Sheppard, Chris Goss, Twiggy and Troy Van Leeuwen.
According to a statement, The Road Part 1 was recorded in UK, Europe and Los Angeles’ Pink Duck Studios,
Obligatory press gush from Lavelle about the album: “I hadn’t made a record in a long time, and the incarnation of UNKLE had changed in that now, it was me on my own. For that reason, I wanted to make a record that I hadn’t been able to before, going back to the roots of where I came from, with a foot in modern London.”