Prior to that misunderstood UNKLE album, James Lavelle seemed far happier running his record label....
Prior to that misunderstood UNKLE album, James Lavelle seemed far happier running his record label. Pure of vision and pioneering in spirit, Mo’Wax single-handedly enticed crafty, instrumental hip-hop out of the bedroom and on to the coffee table, accidentally inventing trip-hop, but with such lovely packaging.
Remixed by Brighton’s Psychonauts, ‘Time Machine’ is a crude distillation of Mo’Wax’s first six years; and from the articulate breakbeat science of genre-defining DJs Krush and Shadow to the sleazy prurience of LA oddballs Sukia and the wine-bar waxings of Attica Blues, it’s been an interesting, if only occasionally excellent, progression. The Psychonauts’ brief was to tastefully cram as many Mo’Wax records as possible into 37 minutes – they manage nearly 50. They’ve created a whole new track from their labelmates’ tunes. In a matter of seconds we dart through barely recognisable snippets by La Funk Mob, Andrea Parker and RPM.
But the intricate, dancefloor-friendly nature of the ‘Nauts turntable trickery means that the end result sounds like a very long, though often funky, drum solo. Which for the pedantic trainspotter is marvellous news. Everyone else will get itchy feet.