James Blake Announces Mark Pritchard as Support for his official SITG sideshows

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On May 6, James Blake dropped his surprise LP and gifted us all with his incredibly beautiful third studio album The Colour in Anything. The album features writing credits from Frank Ocean, a collaboration and production from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and tracks co-produced by the legendary Rick Rubin in his Shangri La studios in Malibu. It is his most sprawling and ambitious effort yet… with many calling it one of the best albums of the year.

On Saturday night James Blake hit Glastonbury’s West Holts stage for a headline performance, showcasing old favourites like ‘Retrograde’ and ‘Overgrown’ alongside the new songs from The Colour in Anything. To add flavour to his already powerful set, Blake was joined on stage by a few friends, starting with Long Beach rapper Vince Staples who shared new rhymes over the haunting beats of ‘Timeless’.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon appeared onstage to perform their breathtaking track ‘I Need A Forest Fire’. Displaying Vernon’s brilliantly clean, shivering falsetto voice over Blake’s thunderous production, the duo was undoubtedly one of the highlights of Glastonbury’s surprise collaborations.

Supporting James Blake is the highly-distinguished electronic musician Mark Pritchard. Pritchard is an artist confident in his ability to traverse genres – from techno, jungle, footwork and grime, and has always remained at the forefront of the most cutting-edge sounds that culture and technology has to offer. To celebrate his illustrious career and the release of his most recent LP Under the Sun, Pritchard was selected to play two earth-shattering DJ sets as a part of Red Bull Music Academy X Boiler Room Black Box series Chronicles, at this year’s Dark Mofo. Black Box is the Hobart festival’s home of experimental performance, where the Chronicles series has seen artists (Ta-Ku and Hiatus Kaiyote among previous bills) address and showcase the narrative behind their work through music and visuals.

Pritchard is a luminary of the ’90s British ambient-house scene having recorded music under names such as Reload, Link, Chaos & Julia Set, Jedi Knights, Troubleman, Harmonic 313 and Africa Hitech with Steve Spacek (to name just a few). Global Communication was another collaborative project of Pritchard and Tom Middleton, and its output was predominantly ambient. The duo released the album 76:14 (named after its duration), which The Guardian featured in their 1,000 Albums to Hear Before You Die list, describing it as an “unfathomably beautiful out-of-time masterpiece”.

Pritchard’s latest work showcases a quarter century of immersion and exploration in the most vital underground scenes the world has to offer, friendship and musical alliance with generations of the most important musicians alive including a rare haunting collaboration with Radiohead’s front man Thom Yorke titled ‘Beautiful People’.

Tue 26 Jul – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Wed 27 Jul – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Thu 28 Jul – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

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