James Lavelle (UNKLE) Remixes Japanese Television’s ‘Falling Spikes’

February 25, 2021
James Lavelle (UNKLE) remixes Japanese Television’s ‘Falling Spikes’

Japanese Television’s EP III (Remixed)
out March 19th on Tip Top Recordings

Japanese Television have teamed up with James Lavelle (UNKLE) for a ‘reconstruction’ of single ‘Falling Spikes’, out today on Tip Top Recordings.

During lockdown we thought it would be cool to create a remix project with artists we admire. We love collaborating. It’s exciting to have them reimagine our tracks” say Japanese Television – Al Brown, Ian Thorn, Tim David Jones – formed with a shared vision of creating a modern psych space-surf soundscape.

James Lavelle’s masterful UNKLE Reconstruction of ‘Falling Spikes’ (the original was named as one Amy Lame’s BBC 6 Music Favourite Tracks of 2020) delivers the trademark eclectic UNKLE sound and twist. ‘Falling Spikes’ leans into the band’s slacker noise-outs, but never relents. “James is a living legend and as big fans it’s an honour to have him remix”, say JTV.

The collaboration will consume you, intricate layers and this bold beat whilst still keeping the immense momentum JTV captured in their original.

This follows remix one from Gabe Gurnsey, which was released in January and was championed by Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley, Amy Lame, Gideon Coe, and influential New York NPR affiliate station WFUV giving the band their first stateside play. Gabe Gurnsey adds his trademark hard-hitting beats and minimalist synths to otherworldly psych single ‘Bee Cage’. 

III (Remixed) lands on digital and limited CD with additional mixes from John Paynter’s Space Age Freakout (“we love the dirty Manchester electronic vibe”), International Teachers of Pop (“We’re big fans of ITOP and their ERC and Moonlandingz projects. Sheffield’s finest”); and James Welsh (“Like Gabe we found James through Erol Elkan’s Phantasy Sound label. He’s delivered absolute dynamite”), say JTV.

Japanese Television surf on a swirling wave of reverb-drenched organ, garage-rock guitars, hypno-motorik bass and pounding, ritualistic drums. In 2020 the band released their five track EP III slice of motorik space twang. Preferring to work in a village hall deep in the wilds of the east British countryside, JTV again recorded live to an old 8 track machine with The Wytches’ Kristian Bell following the success of EPs I & II.

Only Japanese Television are 100% space surf. Their cosmic glow remains extraordinary.

UK 2021 Headline Live Tour dates:
24.10 – Nottingham – Chameleon Karmafest
10.11 – Brighton – Patterns
11.11 – London – Lexington
12.11 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds
13.11 – Bristol – The Lanes
24.11 – Glasgow – Broadcast
25.11 – Barrow In Furness – Underground Music
26.11 – Leeds – Headrow House
27.11 – Manchester – The Castle Hotel

From the forthcoming Japanese Television Remixed EP. Out 26th March.


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