Psyence Fiction

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Psyence Fiction
Studio album by Unkle
Released 29 September 1998
Recorded 1994-98, London, England, United Kingdom
Genre Electronica, downtempo, trip hop
Length 54:57
Label Mo'Wax
Producer DJ Shadow
Unkle chronology
Psyence Fiction
(1998)
Never, Never, Land
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (9.8/10)[1]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Psyence Fiction is the debut album by the group Unkle, released in 1998 for Mo'Wax.

Notes[edit]

"Unreal" is an instrumental version of the song "Be There" (featuring Ian Brown), which was released a year later as a single. On some early presses of the album, instrumental versions of "Guns Blazing" and "The Knock" were added as tracks 13 and 14. On some re-releases of this album, "Be There" was added as track 13. Some versions (mainly the Japanese release, but also the US promotional copy) contain the hidden track "Intro (optional)" as "track zero", which is actually the pre-gap (index 0) of track 1. This can be accessed by "rewinding" the first track on some CD players.

"Lonely Soul" was featured in an Assassin's Creed trailer for PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.[4] It was also featured on the soundtrack to the film The Beach, in the first episode of Misfits and in the Person of Interest episode "Matsya Nyaya".

Psyence Fiction debuted at #15 in Australia. It reached #1 on KTUH's charts on the week of 12 October 1998.[5]

Recording[edit]

  • "Guns Blazing (Drums of Death, Pt. 1)" and "Nursery Rhyme/Breather" were mixed and recorded at The Record Plant in Hollywood.
  • Vocals for "Guns Blazing (Drums of Death, Pt. 1)" and "Rabbit In Your Headlights" were recorded at The Site in San Rafael, California.

All other mixing and recording took place in London, United Kingdom.

  • "UNKLE Main Title Theme", "Lonely Soul", "Celestial Annihilation", and "The Knock (Drums of Death, Pt. 2)" were mixed at Metropolis.
  • "Bloodstain" and "Chaos" were mixed at Rak Studios.
  • "Bloodstain" vocals were recorded at The Strongroom, "Rabbit In Your Headlights" was also mixed here.
  • "Unreal" was mixed at Matrix.
  • "Lonely Soul" vocals were recorded at Milo.
  • Strings for both "Lonely Soul" and "Celestial Annihilation" were recorded at CTS Studio.

Track listing[edit]

UK cassette version
European and American release
No. Title Vocals Length
1. "Intro (Optional)" (Included on UK promotional slipsleeve only.)   2:19
2. "Guns Blazing (Drums of Death, Pt. 1)"   Kool G Rap 5:01
3. "UNKLE Main Title Theme"     3:24
4. "Bloodstain"   Alice Temple 5:57
5. "Unreal"     5:10
6. "Lonely Soul"   Richard Ashcroft 8:56
7. "Getting Ahead In The Lucrative Field of Artist Management"     0:56
8. "Nursery Rhyme / Breather"   Badly Drawn Boy 4:45
9. "Celestial Annihilation"     4:44
10. "The Knock (Drums of Death, Pt. 2)"   Mike D 3:58
11. "Chaos"   Atlantique Khan 4:42
12. "Rabbit in Your Headlights"   Thom Yorke 6:20
13. "Outro (Mandatory)"     1:06
14. "Be There" (1999 UK bonus track.) Ian Brown 5:15
Japanese and Australian release
No. Title Vocals Length
1. "Intro (Optional)"     2:19
2. "Guns Blazing (Drums of Death, Pt. 1)"   Kool G Rap 5:01
3. "UNKLE Main Title Theme"     3:24
4. "Bloodstain"   Alice Temple 5:57
5. "Unreal"     5:10
6. "Lonely Soul"   Richard Ashcroft 8:56
7. "Getting Ahead in the Lucrative Field of Artist Management"     0:56
8. "Nursery Rhyme / Breather"   Badly Drawn Boy 4:45
9. "Celestial Annihilation"     4:44
10. "The Knock (Drums of Death, Pt. 2)"   Mike D 3:58
11. "Chaos"   Atlantique Khan 4:42
12. "Rabbit in Your Headlights"   Thom Yorke 6:20
13. "Outro (Mandatory)"     1:06
14. "Guns Blazing (Drums of Death, Pt. 1) [Instrumental]"     4:00
15. "The Knock (Drums of Death, Pt. 2) [Instrumental]"     3:52

Samples[edit]

  • "Bloodstain"
    • Head West – "Attention"
    • Isaac Hayes – "Walk on By" (album version)
    • BeBe K'Roche – "Alone"
    • The Grodeck Whipperjenny – "Evidence for the Existence of the Unconscious"
    • The Star Wars Holiday Special (vocal sample: "You are alone")
  • "Unreal"
    • The Star Wars Holiday Special (vocal sample: "Maybe I can help you")
    • The Other Brothers – "No Class"
    • The Jules Blattner Group – "Birth"
    • The final episode of the TV series Twin Peaks
    • Leroy Vinnegar – "Reservation"
    • The Eclectic Mouse – "Pre-Dawn Retrospective Chant"
  • "Lonely Soul"
    • Lionel Morton – "Fearless Fred's Amazing Animal Band"
    • "Do Lung Bridge" from the soundtrack to the film Apocalypse Now
  • "Getting Ahead in the Lucrative Field of Artist Management"
    • A commercial for the 1976 game Ball Buster
  • "Nursery Rhyme/Breather"
    • The New Dave Pike Set – "Ritmos Do Bahia"
    • L.A. Dream Team – "Calling on the Dream Team"
  • "Celestial Annihilation"
    • Wil Malone – "Concerto for Strings and Beats"
    • Newcleus – "Let's Jam"
    • Byron Davis and the Fresh Krew – "Now Dance"
    • Toddy Tee featuring Mix Master Spade – "Do You Wanna Go to the Liquor Store"
    • Grace Jones – "Operattack"
    • Channel One – "Technicolor"
    • DJ Magic Mike - "Magic Mike cuts the record"
  • "The Knock (Drums of Death Part 2)"
    • Nirvana – "Modus Operandi (Method of Work)"
    • Frank Zappa – "Apostrophe"
    • Wizzard – "Buffalo Station/Get On Down To Memphis"
    • Manfred Mann – "Snakeskin Garter"
    • Troy the Wonder Boy and Electric One Thousand featuring Boo-Boo B – "Boo-Boo's Break"
    • Billy Squier – "The Big Beat"
    • The TV series Graffiti Rock (vocal sample: "Whew, that was hot, now dig this")
  • "Outro (Mandatory)"
    • Alan Hawkshaw – "Countdown"
    • Whitley Strieber, the host of the weekend edition of Art Bell's Coast to Coast nightly radio talk show. (vocal sample: "I feel that this has given me...")

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pitchfork Media review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 16, 2006)
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "Assassin's Creed: Ubidays 07 Trailer HD". GameTrailers. 22 May 2007. 
  5. ^ Chow, Vivian (13 October 1998). "Week of October 12, 1998". KTUH FM Honolulu - Alumni. 
  6. ^ "Unkle". www.Always on the Run.net. 
  7. ^ McGee, Alan (9 April 2008). "Wherefore art thou Mark Hollis?". theguardian.com. Retrieved 29 April 2014.