Deconstructed Live: Mark Pritchard DJ Set

A shared love of Detroit techno and Chicago house saw Mark Pritchard and Tom Middleton form the Evolution and Universal Language labels in the early nineties. Material as Reload, Global Communication and the Jedi Knights followed, with the use of the latter prompting a rumoured phone call from an unhappy George Lucas. As Tom leaned more towards chill out and deep house, so Mark’s recordings as Use Of Weapons, Harmonic 33 and 313, Troubleman – and most recently as Africa Hitech for Warp Records – continued pushed the envelope of breakbeat music.

Mark features a lot in my record collection with Troubleman, NY Connection, Harmonic 313, Link and a slew of other pseudonyms. While working with Droppin’ Science’s Danny Breaks (as Use of Weapons, seek out the records, they remain superb) he tagged along with Danny to play a club I was involved with. I subsequently interviewed him about the project (read it here) for a magazine, and a couple of years after that he came down to play some records of his own.

His first DJ set for Deconstructed Live is a cracker, lots of early millenium hip hop classics, a few funk rarities (special mention for Love Unlimited Orchestra’s Strange Games, dropped half an hour in, one of my favourite records of all time) and a dash of his own material. All killers, no fillers.

For your listening pleasure, here is the first half of Mark’s set for Deconstructed Live.


About Kingsley Marshall

Dr Kingsley Marshall is a film composer, producer and academic. Head of Film & Television at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK, the subject area consists of 25 staff working with 500 undergraduates, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 13 awards at international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest, and Mr Whippy (Director: Rachna Suri, 2019). In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short literary adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), premiering in Portland, Orgeon and winning the HP Lovecraft award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. More recently, Kingsley recently completed the score as composer on a film project - Hard, Cracked the Wind - with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film premiered at Encounters Film Festival in September 2019, and has since played festivals across the world including New York Film Festival. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc