UNKLEPsyence Fiction

Label:Mo Wax – 314-540-970-2, London Records – 314 540 970-2, Mo Wax – 314-540 970-2, London Records – 314-540 970-2
CD, Album
Style:Trip Hop, Abstract, Downtempo


1Guns Blazing (Drums Of Death Part 1)
Lyrics By, VocalsKool G Rap
Music ByDJ Shadow
Recorded By [Vocals]DJ Shadow, Kevin Scott
Scratches [Cuts And Skratches]DJ Shadow
Vocals [Additional]Lateef The Truth Speaker, Lyrics Born
Written-ByJ. Davis*, N. Wilson*
2UNKLE Main Title Theme
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByDJ Shadow
Scratches [Cuts And Skratches]DJ Shadow
Written-ByJ. Davis*
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByDJ Shadow
Performer [Sample]Be Be K Roche*
Recorded By [Vocals]James Lavelle, Jim Abbiss
Scratches [Cuts And Skratches]DJ Shadow
Vocals, Lyrics ByAlice Temple
Written-ByA. Temple*, J. Davis*
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByDJ Shadow
Performer [Sample]The Jules Blattner Group
Written-ByJ. Davis*, Jules Blattner
5Lonely Soul
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings]Wil Malone
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByDJ Shadow
Recorded By [Vocals]Sie Medway-Smith, UNKLE
Written-ByJ. Davis*, R. Ashcroft*, W. Malone*
6Getting Ahead In The Lucrative Field Of Artist Management
Music By [The Entertainer (Uncredited)]Scott Joplin
7.1Nursery Rhyme
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByDJ Shadow
Recorded By [Vocals]Jim Abbiss, UNKLE
Vocals, Lyrics ByBadly Drawn Boy
Written-ByD. Gough*, J. Davis*
Vocals [Breaths]James Lavelle
8Celestial Annihilation
Arranged By [Strings], Conductor [Strings]Wil Malone
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music By [Additional]DJ Shadow
Scratches [Cuts And Skratches]DJ Shadow
Written-ByJ. Davis*, W. Malone*
Written-By [Concerto For Strings And Beats]Wil Malone
9The Knock (Drums Of Death Part 2)
Bass, ThereminJason Newstead*
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByDJ Shadow
Scratches [Cuts And Skratches]DJ Shadow
Vocals, Lyrics ByMike D
Written-ByJ. Davis*, M. Diamond*
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByAtlantique (2)
Producer [Additional]DJ Shadow
Vocals, Lyrics ByAtlantique (2)
Written-ByA. Khan*
11Rabbit In Your Headlights
Bass, SynthesizerThom Yorke
Mixed ByJim Abbiss
Music ByDJ Shadow
Recorded By [Vocals]Kevin Scott, UNKLE
Vocals, Lyrics ByThom Yorke
Written-ByJ. Davis*, T. Yorke*
12Outro (Mandatory)1:06

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Note, this is the PMDC pressing, for the UML see: UNKLE - Psyence Fiction

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 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 (Scanned): 731454097024
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 314 540 9702 020 C MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0375
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 314 540 9702 [email protected] B MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0371
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): 314 540 9702 [email protected] I
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 0371
  • Other (Variant 3 – stamped in mould): MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • ISRC (Track 1): GB-AHQ-98-00044
  • ISRC (Track 2): GB-AHQ-98-00050
  • ISRC (Track 3): GB-AHQ-98-00052
  • ISRC (Track 4): GB-AHQ-98-00047
  • ISRC (Track 5): GB-AHQ-98-00053
  • ISRC (Track 6): GB-AHQ-98-00054
  • ISRC (Track 7): GB-AHQ-98-00051
  • ISRC (Track 8): GB-AHQ-98-00056
  • ISRC (Track 9): GB-AHQ-98-00055
  • ISRC (Track 10): GB-AHQ-98-00057
  • ISRC (Track 11): GB-AHQ-98-00046
  • ISRC (Track 12): GB-AHQ-98-00061
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): 314 540 9702 [email protected] D MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 0388
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI L006
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): 314 540 9702 [email protected] G
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5; Stamped Inner Mould): MADE IN USA BY PMDC
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI L006
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 0388

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Psyence Fiction (2×LP, Album)Mo WaxMW085UK1998
Psyence Fiction (CD, Album, Limited Edition)Mo Wax, Mo WaxMW085 CDS, MW085CDSUK1998
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Psyence Fiction (CD, Album)Mo Wax, A&M RecordsMW085CDX, 541 048-2UK1998
Psyence Fiction (CD, Album, Digisleeve)Mo WaxMW085CDUK1998
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Psyence Fiction (CD, Album, Limited Edition)Mo Wax540-999-2Australasia1998


  • BigBeat25's avatar
    Edited 4 years 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.
    • rorymc99's avatar
      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.
      • robcypher's avatar
        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.
        • jiggawhat's avatar
          Edited 10 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.
          • bolle88's avatar
            Edited 16 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!
            • anthrax7
              Edited 18 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.



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