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UK singer works with Chicago rapper on new version of 'Overgrown' album track

James Blake has recruited hotly tipped Chicago artist Chance The Rapper to appear on a remix of his track ‘Life Round Here’.

Blake unveiled the remix last night (September 17), the night before his UK tour kicks off in Glasgow. Speaking to Radio 1‘s Zane Lowe about how the collaboration came about, Blake said: “I really like his mixtape [Acid Rap] and saw him at South by Southwest, I just thought his voice would work really well. I never felt the track was finished, even when it went on the album, I always thought there was space for something else.” Click here to listen to the track now.

James Blake is nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize alongside Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Laura Marling. The shortlist of the 12 ‘Albums Of The Year’ chosen by an independent judging panel were announced on September 11 at London’s Hospital Club. Arctic Monkeys’ new album ‘AM’ is nominated while Bowie’s comeback album ‘The Next Day’ will also be in consideration. Other albums on the shortlist include Jon Hopkins’ ‘Immunity’, ‘Settle’ by Disclosure, Savages’ ‘Silence Yourself’ and ‘Holy Fire’ by Foals.

James Blake will play:

Glasgow O2 ABC (September 18)
Manchester Ritz (20)
Birmingham Institute (21)
Oxford O2 Academy (22)
Bristol O2 Academy (24)
London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (25/26)

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