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James Lavelle

A cratedigger par excellence, James Lavelle has worked in legendary record shops, DJ’d in some of the world’s greatest clubs, started the game-changing Mo’ Wax label and worked with film directors including Danny Boyle and Alfonso Cuarón. He tells Gary Walker about the 10 records he’s most proud of

As well as releasing sixth UNKLE album The Road: Part II (Lost Highway), 2019 sees Mo’ Wax founder James Lavelle celebrating 30 years as a club DJ. The 2014 Meltdown Festival curator has been a resident at Fabric, Berlin’s Watergate, Ibiza’s Space and Tokyo’s Womb as well as producing mixes for Cream and Fabric. Growing up in Oxford, Lavelle worked at legendary London record shop Honest Jon’s, starting his revolutionary Mo’ Wax label in 1992 with a loan from his boss Mark Ainley. Lavelle released DJ Shadow’s genre-straddling masterpiece Endtroducing in 1996, and two years later the pair unleashed the UNKLE cut-and-paste classic Psyence Fiction. Fusing hip-hop, trip-hop, indie-rock and electronic music, the record featured a stellar cast of vocalists including Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and Ian Brown. Lavelle has also worked with Queens Of The Stone Age, produced remixes for bands including Massive Attack and The Verve, written several film soundtracks and nearly worked on a James Bond film with Danny Boyle. Here are 10 standout projects from an incredible career that has never strayed far away from the world of vinyl.

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About Long Live Vinyl

1969 was the year that changed everything for David Bowie, and in our exclusive cover feature we speak to his former girlfriend Hermione Farthingale, plus bandmates John 'Hutch' Hutchinson and George Underwood to get the inside story. With three new Bowie boxsets out this year, you won't want to miss these rare interviews with the people who knew Bowie best – and our stunning collector's cover. Elsewhere this issue, we meet the ever-engaging Richard Hawley for a pint and a chat about his new album, Further, while Calexico and Iron & Wine tell us about their collaboration LP, Years To Burn. On the 40th anniversary of Joy Division's stellar debut Unknown Pleasures, Peter Hook takes us inside the making of the album, and we look back at another classic, Talk Talk's The Colour Of Spring. We also pay tribute to US indie label Merge on their 30th birthday and hear from James Lavelle about working with DJ Shadow, Thom Yorke, Richard Ashcroft and Danny Boyle. If all that's not enough, we bring you 40 essential vinyl samplers and meet Super Furry Animals artwork designer Pete Fowler. Plus you'll find the widest range of new album, reissue and hi-fi gear reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today…