James Blake hits out at Hudson Mohawke: ‘Thank God we’ve never worked together’

Beef intensifies as Blake tells Mohawke to 'go ahead and leak' their unreleased music

James Blake has hit out at Hudson Mohwake, after the producer threatened to leak unreleased music the pair had made together.

Denying Mohawke’s claims that the pair had ever planned to make music together, Blake said he was glad he rejected music that Mohawke had sent him for the proposed collaboration.

Mohawke had claimed he’d made unreleased music with both Blake and Frank Ocean, leading Blake to say: “As talented as I think he is, I’ve never worked with Hudson Mohawke and don’t know what he’s talking about. I’m respectfully baffled.”

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In response, Mohawke tweeted an email Blake sent him in 2014, admitting he “hadn’t got very far” in adding music to beats the producer had sent him.

This led Blake to issue a longer statement on Twitter, warning Mohawke against trying to release anything the pair had worked on.

Blake wrote: “Ah, for goodness sake. Yes I listened to them, and politely declined. Two years later, you’re alluding to the idea we’ve collaborated to the point where you have something you can leak…? Leak what you have – you’d just be leaking one of your own beats with no vocals or input from me.”

Blake continued: “Thank God we’ve never worked together, because I wouldn’t be able to trust you with my music. Going forward, if you continue to threaten to leak music or even suggest your ability to do so, soon no one else will trust you with their music either. Once again… baffled.”

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Mohawke responded that he’d talk privately to Blake to clear the problem up, saying: “This is blown way out of proportion now. 140 characters taken out of context.”

Blake headlines Green Man festival this weekend, before starting a seven-date tour on October 27 for his recent album ‘The Colour In Anything’. Mohawke plays at Edinburgh Playhouse on Wednesday (August 17) and the album he co-produced for ANOHNI, ‘Hopelessness’, is shortlisted for the Hyundai Mercury Prize next month.

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