Psyence Fiction

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Psyence Fiction
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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
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
NME 6/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 9.8/10[5]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[7]
Select 4/5[8]
Spin 8/10[9]

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 the 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.[10] 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 reached number 4 on the UK Albums Chart, and number 107 on the US Billboard 200. It also debuted at number 15 in Australia.

An 'ultimate edition' of Psyence Fiction is reportedly being made, as part of the rewards for backing the July 2013 Mo'Wax Kickstarter. James Lavelle claimed to be working on compiling it with DJ Shadow[11] and it will include exclusive tracks on CD/s and a 7" vinyl picture disc.[12] After a long period of no communication, an update was posted (on 15 July 2015) saying that the album is currently scheduled for a re-release in Spring 2016. In June 2015 DJ Shadow's management denied all involvement with the project.

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]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[15] 15
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[16] 22
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 60
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 39
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 77
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[20] 33
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[21] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 4
US Billboard 200[23] 107

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Psyence Fiction – UNKLE". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Unkle: Psyence Fiction". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Browne, David (12 October 1998). "Psyence Fiction". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Mulvey, John (19 August 1998). "UNKLE – Psyence Fiction". NME. Archived from the original on 15 June 2000. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "UNKLE: Psyence Fiction". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Ali, Lorraine (17 September 1998). "U.N.K.L.E.: Psyence Fiction". Rolling Stone (797). Archived from the original on 13 November 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  8. ^ Grundy, Gareth (September 1998). "The rebel alliance". Select (99): 80–81. 
  9. ^ Walters, Barry (November 1998). "UNKLE: Psyence Fiction". Spin. 14 (11): 117–18. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Assassin's Creed: Ubidays 07 Trailer HD". GameTrailers. 22 May 2007. 
  11. ^ http://www.mowaxplease.com/kickstarter-psyence-fiction-update/
  12. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mowax21/urban-archaeology-21-years-of-mowax/description
  13. ^ "Unkle Lyrics, Photos, Pictures, Paroles, Letras, Text for every songs". Alwaysontherun.net. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  14. ^ McGee, Alan (9 April 2008). "Wherefore art thou Mark Hollis?". theguardian.com. Retrieved 29 April 2014. 
  15. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Unkle – Psyence Fiction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Unkle – Psyence Fiction" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Unkle – Psyence Fiction" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Unkle – Psyence Fiction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Unkle – Psyence Fiction" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Unkle – Psyence Fiction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Unkle – Psyence Fiction". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Unkle | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Unkle – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Unkle. Retrieved 12 June 2016.

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