(PRWEB) August 4, 2004
Far Out finally release the eagerly-awaited Troubleman album by Mark Pritchard this August, as part of their 10th birthday celebrations. Mark is one of the UKÂs most respected electronic producers of the last 15 years thanks to a prolific set of recordings under various names and for different labels. WeÂve been itching to share this LP since the stunning singles ÂStrikehardÂ and ÂChange Is What We Need (Progress)Â set dancefloors on fire in the summers of 02 and 03 respectively.
The albumÂs a mix of Brazilian Bossa, party breaks, soul and funk, featuring already familiar club hits and guest vocalists from the top drawer, including Nina Miranda (Smoke City and Da Lata), Eska (New Sector Movements) and Steve Spacek. It would be unfair to pick highlights from a line-up like this, but here are a few notablesÂ
A couple of tracks featuring the laidback vocals of Nina Miranda - the singer already feted for her work with Smoke City and Da Lata: ÂPazÂ, an easy listening-influenced 60s-style bossa, and ÂToda HoraÂ, a big party tune thatÂs already a fave with Gilles Peterson.
Steve Spacek contributes a typically ethereal vocal to ÂWithout YouÂ (a track youÂll definitely be hearing more about), and Eska brings her tough nu-street soul style to a live jam featuring legendary pianist Pino Palladio in ÂRoll OnÂ. ÂThe Righteous PathÂ is an Axelrod-esque gem Mark describes as Âhippy soulÂ, while the title track ÂTime... Out of MindÂ is a monster Underground-Resistance style techno track with a deep grooveÂ and not forgetting the two Troubleman singles that have already caused the stir: ÂStrikehardÂ: 2002Âs Fela Kuti-inspired afro banger, and ÂChange Is What We Need (Progress)Â, last yearÂs big club hit.
MarkÂs a Devon boy about to break through into the premier league of producers with this release Â his classic recordings are familiar even if his many pseudonyms have meant that often he hasnÂt got the acclaim his distinguished past deserves. He was formerly in seminal 90s electronic acts Global Communication and the Jedi Knights (with Tom Middleton) and has remixed the likes of Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey, Underworld, Aphex Twin, Lamb, KRS 1, A Tribe Called Quest, the Orb and The Beloved. The Troubleman LP is the work of a man on top of his game with all MarkÂs influences coming together in a truly remarkable concoction Â from his West Country roots with Tom Middleton and Aphex Twin, to collaborations with Brazilian legends Azymuth, to his latest incarnation (as hip-hop superstar) in Harmonic 33.
Mark Pritchard Biography:
MarkÂs recorded under so many monikers that keeping a track on his productions is difficult unless youÂre a die-hard Pritchard fan (and believe us from the emails we get thereÂs a lot of them out there!) so this highly-respected producerÂs career certainly deserves a bit of a run-downÂ
In 1991 Mark formed seminal techno label Evolution, on which he released a series of sought-after Detroit-influenced techno singles, reflecting his early love of the Motor City sound. The 'A Collection of Short StoriesÂ album is released on the Creation label in 1993, after several releases on Evolution under the Reload alias. (In 1996, Warp released a compilation of the tracks Mark did for Evolution entitled ÂThe Theory of EvolutionÂ.) In the company of Tom Middleton, Mark forms the now-legendary ambient-house outfit Global Communication and releases two albums in 1994 - ÂPentamorous MetamorphosisÂ (a remix album of feted UK indie band ChapterhouseÂs album), followed by Â76:14Â, GlobalÂs debut album. Both were released on Dedicated/BMG and considered by many as the blueprint for the 90s ambient-electronic movement. The second ÂproperÂ Global LP was ÂRemotionÂ, a collection of original material and remixes Â released in 1995.
In 1996 Mark and Tom take a new direction and a new name, and release the ÂNew School ScienceÂ album as the Jedi Knights: Âwe decided to bring back the funk into dance musicÂ says Mark. Welding electro into 4/4 house and breaks it was loved by DJs across both genres and initiated an electro breaks revival that continues today.
A brief diversion into drumÂnÂbass brought about LinkÂs ÂChameleonÂ in 1996 Â a Âbit of an anthemÂ at FabioÂs legendary Speed night.
In 1998 he produced the debut album from Kirsty Hawkshaw (formerly of rave act Opus 3), for East West records.
Between 1999-2000 Mark collaborated on a project with ex-Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills Â the results will finally see the light of day this year. Mark has already toured the album with Crispian and PortisheadÂs drummer Clive Deamer, supporting Robbie Williams. ÂThe weirdest thing IÂve ever doneÂ, says Mark.
Mark began the Troubleman project for Far Out in 2000 following some successful remixes he did of AzymuthÂs tracks - as Global Communication with Tom Middleton for the track ÂJazz CarnivalÂ (1995), and then later solo remixes of ÂCarambolaÂ (1999), and ÂPieces Of IpanemaÂ (2000). All three are among Far OutÂs biggest-selling 12Âs. His first 12Â as Troubleman (ÂMessenger/The EssenceÂ) was released in 2000, followed in 2001 with ÂWhere We Stand/LullabyÂ, and then the massive underground hit, ÂStrike HardÂ that firmly established the Troubleman name. 2003 saw the release of the even bigger follow-up ÂChange Is What We Need (Progress)Â. Now one year later we finally have the Troubleman debut album. Mark fills us in: ÂItÂs the album IÂve always wanted to make, an album of songs with vocals. IÂve never spent so long on an album and I think it shows. This is not a club album, itÂs all 4/5 minute songs with live musicians on all the tracks, itÂs a journey.Â ItÂs MarkÂs ability to weld his unique music tastes together that makes him one of the most interesting and innovative producers of the moment. ÂTime Out of MindÂ sees Mark at the peak of his powers, with a landscape of different genres and influences all mixed together with the virtuosity heÂs become renowned for Â this is rightly one of the most eagerly-awaited debut albums of the year.
ÂOne of THE albums of the yearÂ this is just so goodÂ
ÂMark makes the phattest beats everÂ
KENNY DOPE (MASTERS AT WORK)
ÂCan't stop listening to it... fave record of the year 2 me... this is incredible!Â
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