future music pioneers james lavelle and mo wax

Future Music Pioneers: James Lavelle and Mo Wax

In Future Music Pioneers: James Lavelle and Mo Wax we look at one of the pioneers and record label mavericks that helped to reshape hip hop and build a global consciousness on futurist trip hop.

Many recording artists gained global success from these early days of jumping into the low-end theory of instrumental hip hop. Here’s my top cuts that helped shape the world.

The Federation – ‘Life So Free’

The early releases on Mo Wax had more acid jazz-like sensibilities. It was tapping into the vibe of London in the early-90s and was instrumental in the path of creating a new sound for the fledgling record label.

U.N.K.L.E. Vs. The Major Force Orchestra – ‘The Time Has Come ‘

Headz (A Soundtrack Of Experimental Beathead Jams) was a 3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Gatefold released in the UK in 1994. Think U.N.K.L.E. track, working with Japan’s Major Force Orchestra perfectly defines the new direction.

DJ Shadow – ‘Lost & Found (S.F.L.)’

No-one knew who DJ Shadow was outside of the Bay Area underground hip hop scene before Lavelle found him. This cut took U2’s ripping drum line from ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and morphed it into a modern sampled jazz legend. Essential

Deflon Sallahr – ‘Don’t fake it’

Palm Skin Productions – ‘The Beast’ (Autechre Mix)

One thing to note about Lavelle was his ability to mash up different worlds of music. Remixes were always key to the vibe of Mo Wax and here we have one of the best. Alt-electronic legends Autechre take on ‘The Beast’ from Palm Skin Productions.

DJ Wally – ‘My Bloody Valentine’

My Bloody Valentine by the Oregonian DJ Wally from the HEADZ 2 (A disc) released on Mo’ Wax in 1996. Heavy and deeply introspective.

Sam Sever – ‘Whats that Sound’

Banging Dirty Dark Hip Hop roller from Sam Sever.

DJ Solo & DJ Aura – ‘Summer Madness

Drum and Bass was gripping the UK in the mid-90s and this cut from Solo and Aura challenged what was traditionally released. deeply jazzy and playing into the 70s vibes of funk. Rolling…

Andrea Parker – ‘Melodius Thunk’

Taken from the LP :’Kiss My Arp’ (1999) we see electronica and beats reimagined by Andrea Parker And David Morley.

The Prunes – ‘Mr Jolly Lives Next Door’

Record collecting is serious for the Mo Wax Head. Starting in 1995 they released ten 12″ singles under the Excursions prefix. Five were techno releases (in green sleeves), and five were Hip-Hop releases (in blue sleeves). Both sets of five records could be collected in a numbered, limited edition box that came with the third release in each series. The box sets had a removable numbered paper obi strip. There were at least 2 different designs of the boxes. The artwork was by Futura 2000.

The Prunes were a favourite.

UNKLE feat. Thom Yorke – ‘Rabbit In Your Headlights’

Video directed by Jonathan Glazer starring Denis Lavant and Craig Kelly among others. Lyrics by Josh Davis and Thom Yorke. My close friend Richard Clarke (I think at CFC at the time) out this together with all of the VFX and I got to see this in the studio before it was released to the world. Incredible.

James Lavelle – 21 Years Of Mo Wax – Parts 1 and 2

Back in 2013 Lavelle joined FACT to tell some stories from Mo Wax’s history.

DJ Krush – Mo Wax Headz Tour mix

Here we have the Japanese low-slung beat legend DJ Krush live at the Custard Factory in Birmingham (09.07.94). Here’s the Mixcloud link as well.


Nikolas is a world-leading Futurist Speaker that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Contact him to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas’ thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this Youtube playlist.

Please SUBSCRIBE to Nikolas’ Youtube channel so that you don’t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on LinkedinTwitter, and bookmarked research on Tumblr.

future music pioneers james lavelle and mo wax

Future Music Pioneers: James Lavelle and Mo Wax

In Future Music Pioneers: James Lavelle and Mo Wax we look at one of the pioneers and record label mavericks that helped to reshape hip hop and build a global consciousness on futurist trip hop.

Many recording artists gained global success from these early days of jumping into the low-end theory of instrumental hip hop. Here’s my top cuts that helped shape the world.

The Federation – ‘Life So Free’

The early releases on Mo Wax had more acid jazz-like sensibilities. It was tapping into the vibe of London in the early-90s and was instrumental in the path of creating a new sound for the fledgling record label.

U.N.K.L.E. Vs. The Major Force Orchestra – ‘The Time Has Come ‘

Headz (A Soundtrack Of Experimental Beathead Jams) was a 3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Gatefold released in the UK in 1994. Think U.N.K.L.E. track, working with Japan’s Major Force Orchestra perfectly defines the new direction.

DJ Shadow – ‘Lost & Found (S.F.L.)’

No-one knew who DJ Shadow was outside of the Bay Area underground hip hop scene before Lavelle found him. This cut took U2’s ripping drum line from ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and morphed it into a modern sampled jazz legend. Essential

Deflon Sallahr – ‘Don’t fake it’

Palm Skin Productions – ‘The Beast’ (Autechre Mix)

One thing to note about Lavelle was his ability to mash up different worlds of music. Remixes were always key to the vibe of Mo Wax and here we have one of the best. Alt-electronic legends Autechre take on ‘The Beast’ from Palm Skin Productions.

DJ Wally – ‘My Bloody Valentine’

My Bloody Valentine by the Oregonian DJ Wally from the HEADZ 2 (A disc) released on Mo’ Wax in 1996. Heavy and deeply introspective.

Sam Sever – ‘Whats that Sound’

Banging Dirty Dark Hip Hop roller from Sam Sever.

DJ Solo & DJ Aura – ‘Summer Madness

Drum and Bass was gripping the UK in the mid-90s and this cut from Solo and Aura challenged what was traditionally released. deeply jazzy and playing into the 70s vibes of funk. Rolling…

Andrea Parker – ‘Melodius Thunk’

Taken from the LP :’Kiss My Arp’ (1999) we see electronica and beats reimagined by Andrea Parker And David Morley.

The Prunes – ‘Mr Jolly Lives Next Door’

Record collecting is serious for the Mo Wax Head. Starting in 1995 they released ten 12″ singles under the Excursions prefix. Five were techno releases (in green sleeves), and five were Hip-Hop releases (in blue sleeves). Both sets of five records could be collected in a numbered, limited edition box that came with the third release in each series. The box sets had a removable numbered paper obi strip. There were at least 2 different designs of the boxes. The artwork was by Futura 2000.

The Prunes were a favourite.

UNKLE feat. Thom Yorke – ‘Rabbit In Your Headlights’

Video directed by Jonathan Glazer starring Denis Lavant and Craig Kelly among others. Lyrics by Josh Davis and Thom Yorke. My close friend Richard Clarke (I think at CFC at the time) out this together with all of the VFX and I got to see this in the studio before it was released to the world. Incredible.

James Lavelle – 21 Years Of Mo Wax – Parts 1 and 2

Back in 2013 Lavelle joined FACT to tell some stories from Mo Wax’s history.

DJ Krush – Mo Wax Headz Tour mix

Here we have the Japanese low-slung beat legend DJ Krush live at the Custard Factory in Birmingham (09.07.94). Here’s the Mixcloud link as well.


Nikolas is a world-leading Futurist Speaker that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.

Contact him to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas’ thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this Youtube playlist.

Please SUBSCRIBE to Nikolas’ Youtube channel so that you don’t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on LinkedinTwitter, and bookmarked research on Tumblr.