GU #026: Romania [Global Underground], while not a live Global Underground mix, is instead “inspired” by a set at Romanian hotspot, The Studio Martin. Mo’Wax's main man, James Lavelle, shares selections from UNKLE, as well as personal favorites and remixes. The heavy reliance on UNKLE tunes is just fine as the latest CD, Never, Never Land that has yet to find stateside distribution. [Ed. note: you can find it on Amazon.co.uk]
The first disc opens with the white hot UNKLE Reconstruction of Queens of the Stone Age’s “No One Knows”, Lavelle showing his intent to shake things up for the next two-plus hours. Meat Katie pops up several times over both CDs, and these tracks are the most dance floor-friendly. South get the UNKLE treatment on “Colours in Waves,” Joel Cadbury’s vocals floating around stretched percussion and guitars and DJ Shadow’s “GDMFSOB” (a dirty acronym: spell it out) is thrown in the mix for a bit of ultraviolence. Elsewhere, Ian Brown drops in, as does Derrick Carter and Sascha, who closes disc two, reworking Alex Dolby’s “Psycho Garden” and returning to UNKLE’s “In A State”. James Lavelle’s GU #26: Romania is 140 minutes of pure bliss, showcasing his eclectic tastes and superb production along with some banging dance floor beats.