The James Lavelle-led electronic collective UNKLE have announced a new album, The Road Part II / Lost Highway due for release March 29 via the band's own Songs for the Def. Along with the announcement, the band has shared a video for the song "Ar.Mour,” which features Jamaican-British multi-instrumentalist, producer, writer, and vocalist Miink and West London-bred electronic musician Elliott Power. The Road Part II / Lost Highway is an aptly titled continuation of 2017’s The Road: Part 1.
Lavelle has this to say about the new record: “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 letdowns, highs, lows, love, loss, and experiences. The third record to come is basically about coming home; wherever that may be.”
Watch the video for “Ar.Mour,” directed by Daryl Higgins and featuring artworks by John Stark, below.
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