Hoppy New Year: UNKLE – Rabbit In Your Headlights

UNKLE: the collective of James Lavelle, Tim Goldsworthy and DJ Shadow, plus whoever they could rope in that week. The first song I heard by them, Celestial Annihilation, marries an 80s electro-techno sensibility with a 90s build-up-break-down structure of the type Fatboy Slim and Junkie XL were renowned for. Everything about it is meticulous without being cold, from the blissful percussive synth tinkles at the 2:58 mark to the “we came here to rock” vocal sample; a sheer delight from start to finish.

I was looking for rabbit-themed songs to herald in the Lunar New Year, which starts today, and was reminded of another UNKLE track, which won the MVPA’s Best International Video of the Year Award in 1999.

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