James Blake Unveils New Song, Inks Worldwide Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

James Blake, Governors Ball 2014
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James Blake performs on stage during day 3 of the Governors Ball 2014 at Randall's Island on June 8, 2014 in New York, United States.

James Blake premiered a new song on Thursday night (Aug. 21) during his BBC Radio 1 residency. The track, with its robot vocal elements and Tom Waitsian clack-clangs, was given the title of "200 Press" because, as the British artist-producer explained, "only 200 are going to be pressed up."

Listen to "200 Press" at around 30:45 right here.

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(It's been a big week for "200" which is also the number of special-edition pressings of Aphex Twin's new album, "Syro," set to be made available via lottery next month.)

Blake premiered another new track on BBC Radio 1 back in July, and he previously revealed he's collaborated with Kanye West and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). 

Ahead of a third album, which is expected sometime in 2015, Blake has also settled into a new publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Announced on Thursday, the worldwide co-publishing deal covers all future works by Blake, whose 2013 release "Overgrown" earned him the coveted Mercury Prize.

Sony/ATV did not disclose further details of the deal, only that it is "long-term." The publishing giant's creative director, Tyler Childs, called Blake "one of the premiere artists of this generation," and the singer's manager Dan Foat framed the occasion in nostalgic terms. 

"I had a great Sony Walkman when I was younger and we're really looking forward to working with Sony/ATV," Foat said.


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