UNKLE have announced their new album THE ROAD: PART II / LOST HIGHWAY which is set for release through frontman James Lavelle’s label Songs For The Def on March 29, 2019. The album, which is split into two acts, is the follow-up to the highly acclaimed The Road: Part 1.
“I started doing a show on Soho Radio in 2018, which made me think about playing records in a different way. It wasn’t about trying to make people dance in a nightclub. It was a breath of fresh air, and about playing a more eclectic mix. The Road: Part II was made in the same way – it’s a mixtape and a journey. You’re in your car, starting in the day and driving into the night. The language of it was to be the ultimate road trip.
It’s the mid-part of a trilogy. The first record is like you’re leaving home; you’re naive and on a journey of discovery. There are elements of my early days in there, as well as a bit of everything since. There’s an optimism and excitement to the record, as there was with me having to direct this project alone for the first time.
This record is the journey. You’re on the road, out there in the world. There are let downs, highs, lows, love, loss and experiences. The third record to come is basically about coming home; wherever that may be.”
– Creative force behind UNKLE, James Lavelle.
As with every UNKLE release, there is an incredible array of guests on the record. Artwork for the album is by heralded artist, John Stark. Full tracklisting and guest artists are as follows:
THE ROAD: PART II / LOST HIGHWAY
Iter VI: Prologue Elliott Power
Requiem (When You Talk of Love) Mark Lanegan, Michèle Lamy, John Isaacs, Brian Cox
Feel More / With Less Liela Moss, Miink, Philip Sheppard
Nothing to Give Miink, Elliott Power, Jon Theodore (Queens Of The Stone Age)
Iter VIII: However Vast the Darkness Brian Cox
Long Gone Tessa Angus, Ysée, Philip Sheppard
Only You Miink, Wil Malone
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Keaton Henson, Philip S
Iter IX: Epilogue / Tales of the City Elliott Power
Crucifixion / A Prophet Tom Smith (Editors), Ian Astbury (The Cult) , Chris Goss, Eska, Miink , BOC, Troy Van Leeuwen, Justin Stanley
Powder Man Chris Goss
Kubrick Mick Jones (The Clash)
Sun (The) Leila Moss
Find an Outsider The Big Pink
Iter X: Found Christiane Kubrick
Days and Nights Dhani Harrison, Philip Sheppard, Andrew Innes (Primal Scream)
Reprise Dhani Harrison
Iter XI: In Your Arms Brian Cox
Touch Me Leila Mosste
You can pre-order The Road: Part II / Lost Highwayhere.
UNKLE have released two tracks from the album, “Ar.Mour (Featuring Miink and Elliott Power)” and “The Other Side“ which features a guest vocal from Tom Smith of Editors. Both tracks have already seen playlist action from Spotify and Apple Music and spins on BBC 6 Music gathering over 100,000 streams in a couple of weeks.