UNKLE ‎– Psyence Fiction

Mo Wax ‎– 314-540-970-2, London Records ‎– 314 540 970-2, Mo Wax ‎– 314-540 970-2, London Records ‎– 314-540 970-2
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1 Guns Blazing (Drums Of Death Part 1)
Lyrics By, Vocals – Kool G RapMusic By – DJ ShadowRecorded By [Vocals] – DJ Shadow, Kevin ScottScratches [Cuts And Skratches] – DJ ShadowVocals [Additional] – Lateef The Truth Speaker, Lyrics BornWritten-By – J. Davis*, N. Wilson*
2 UNKLE Main Title Theme
Mixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – DJ ShadowScratches [Cuts And Skratches] – DJ ShadowWritten-By – J. Davis*
3 Bloodstain
Mixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – DJ ShadowPerformer [Sample] – Be Be K Roche*Recorded By [Vocals] – James Lavelle, Jim AbbissScratches [Cuts And Skratches] – DJ ShadowVocals, Lyrics By – Alice TempleWritten-By – A. Temple*, J. Davis*
4 Unreal
Mixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – DJ ShadowPerformer [Sample] – The Jules Blattner GroupWritten-By – J. Davis*, Jules Blattner
5 Lonely Soul
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] – Wil MaloneMixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – DJ ShadowRecorded By [Vocals] – Sie Medway-Smith, UNKLEStrings – London Session Orchestra*Written-By – J. Davis*, R. Ashcroft*, W. Malone*
6 Getting Ahead In The Lucrative Field Of Artist Management
Music By [The Entertainer (Uncredited)] – Scott Joplin
7.1 Nursery Rhyme
Mixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – DJ ShadowRecorded By [Vocals] – Jim Abbiss, UNKLEVocals, Lyrics By – Badly Drawn BoyWritten-By – D. Gough*, J. Davis*
7.2 Breather
Vocals [Breaths] – James Lavelle
8 Celestial Annihilation
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings] – Wil MaloneMixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By [Additional] – DJ ShadowScratches [Cuts And Skratches] – DJ ShadowStrings – London Session Orchestra*Written-By – J. Davis*, W. Malone*Written-By [Concerto For Strings And Beats] – Wil Malone
9 The Knock (Drums Of Death Part 2)
Bass, Theremin – Jason Newstead*Mixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – DJ ShadowScratches [Cuts And Skratches] – DJ ShadowVocals, Lyrics By – Mike DWritten-By – J. Davis*, M. Diamond*
10 Chaos
Mixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – Atlantique (2)Producer [Additional] – DJ ShadowVocals, Lyrics By – Atlantique (2)Written-By – A. Khan*
11 Rabbit In Your Headlights
Bass, Synthesizer – Thom YorkeMixed By – Jim AbbissMusic By – DJ ShadowRecorded By [Vocals] – Kevin Scott, UNKLEVocals, Lyrics By – Thom YorkeWritten-By – J. Davis*, T. Yorke*
12 Outro (Mandatory) 1:06

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Track 3 contains a sample from "Alone" as performed by Be Be K Roche, courtesy of Olivia Records, Inc.

Track 4 "How Do You Feel?" sample from "Birth" performed by The Jules Blattner Group under license from BMG Special Products Inc.

Track 6 is the audio from a 1970s toy commercial.

Track 8 based on the composition "Concerto for Strings and Beats" written by Wil Malone.

Track 1 & 7 mixed and track 7 vocals recorded at The Record Plant (Hollywood, CA, USA).
Track 1 & 11 vocals recorded at The Site (San Rafael, CA, USA).
Track 2, 5, 8 & 9 mixed at Metropolis (London, UK).
Track 3 & 10 mixed at Rak Studios (London, UK).
Track 3 vocals recorded and track 11 mixed at The Strongroom (London, UK).
Track 4 mixed at Matrix (London, UK).
Track 5 vocals recorded at Milo (London, UK).
Track 5 & 8 strings at CTS Studio (London, UK).

Track 12 is not listed on the jacket, but is listed unnumbered in the booklet.

Gatefold sleeve containing with six page booklet.

Catalog No. 314-540 970-2 is located on the CD Label.

℗© 1998 Mo Wax Recordings/A&M Records Ltd. London
Manufactured and Marketed by PolyGram Records, Inc. New York, New York
Made in the USA
Printed In The USA

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 314-540-970-2 4
  • Barcode (Scan): 731454097024
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 314 540 9702 020 C MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): DIDX-166178 1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L006
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L238
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0375
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 5083
  • Other (Track 1, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00044
  • Other (Track 2, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00050
  • Other (Track 3, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00052
  • Other (Track 4, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00047
  • Other (Track 5, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00053
  • Other (Track 6, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00054
  • Other (Track 7, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00051
  • Other (Track 8, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00056
  • Other (Track 9, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00055
  • Other (Track 10, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00057
  • Other (Track 11, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00046
  • Other (Track 12, ISRC): GB-AHQ-98-00061

Other Versions (5 of 36) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MW085CD UNKLE Psyence Fiction(CD, Album) Mo Wax MW085CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
PRCD 7892-2 UNKLE Psyence Fiction(CD, Album, Promo) London Records PRCD 7892-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
7243 8 464622 6 UNKLE Psyence Fiction(CD, Album) Source 7243 8 464622 6 Europe 1998 Sell This Version
540-999-2 UNKLE Psyence Fiction(CD, Album, Ltd) Mo Wax 540-999-2 Australasia 1998 Sell This Version
MR 2415-2 UNKLE Psyence Fiction(CD, Album) Moon Records (2) MR 2415-2 Ukraine 2007 Sell This Version


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March 17, 2018
edited 8 months ago

The only album made with the contribution of the great DJ Shadow, 2 years after his masterpiece "Endtroducing".
You can easily recognize his touch thanks to the dark samples and the solid beats, however it does not completely reach the level of his solo releases at the time.

Not every track is perfect, though. I've seen someone's review claiming it's the best album ever made. I do not concur with that. Once again, this album is great and cool on the whole, yet it does not feature masterpieces such as "Midnight In A Perfect World" or "Stem/Long Stem".
Therefore, I can't put a 5/5 because there are one of two songs that I didn't appreciate that much ("Guns Blazing" and "Chaos", to be precise).

Despite that, it remains a nice trip-hop and hip-hop alternative to the well-known Massive Attack and Archive. Moreover, the written name of DJ Shadow is enough to get this CD.


August 31, 2017
I had no idea that this got a mixed response when it came out. I love this album and think it's a classic. Not much of a fan of the later UNKLE output but Psyence Fiction is a great album IMO.


November 25, 2012

It's an okay mixtape; could've been somewhat better though given its artist roster and the hype it received at the time. Worth a listen, though.


February 27, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

I hate Nursery Rhyme - Breather. Why the hell did Lavelle & co. stick that track on this otherwise good album? My main beef in general is too many vocals. I was hoping for more instrumental hip-hop. It's still pretty good - but it has nothing on Entroducing. This is definitely a level below in quality. I'm not a fan of the rock influence, wherever it exists. On the other hand, I love the classical influence. Overrated quite a bit. I was expecting more.


March 28, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

"Psyence fiction" is DJ Shadow's and James Lavelle's endlessly deep, psychadelic and subtle trip into space... nothingness!
There's nothing comparable to this which makes is the best trip hop album ever made in my opinion. A record I will never give up listening to!


September 11, 2004
edited over 14 years ago
A great UNKLE album, harbouring the best of UNKLES abilities. Such original production could only occur with producers such as James Lavelle and DJ shadow. UNKLE, starting with Psyence Fiction, are the most original and skilled producers I have heard to date. Contending with even the highest ranked DJS, their mixing skills are nothing to be laughed at either, with sets such as the Boredom Reborn set to their credit.