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The Chemical Brothers and Beth Orton share previously unreleased cover from the ‘90s

The track is a reworking of legendary experimental folk artist Tim Buckley’s ‘I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain’...

Beth Orton has shared a previously unreleased track she made with The Chemical Brothers in the ‘90s.

The collaborative track is a cover of legendary experimental and avant-garde folk artist Tim Buckley’s ‘I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain’, originally recorded in 1967.

"I rediscovered this track when it fell out of an unread copy of War And Peace after we'd moved house," explained Orton. "Tom (Rowlands) remembers it being Jeff and Martin from Heavenly (my​ record label at the time) who suggested we cover the track. Tom and I were huge fans of the original and loved the idea."

Orton tweeted that the cover was most likely recorded in 1998, around the time she released her album 'Central Reservation' and the Chem Bros had just released their legendary 'Dig Your Own Hole'.

This cover – which you can hear below – is not only occasion in which Orton collaborated with The Chemical Brothers. She also provided vocals on one of the duo’s UK top 10 singles ‘Alive Alone’ as well as ‘Where Do I Begin’ and ‘The State We’re In’.

Orton has launched a new label, Lost Leaves, to release the track and will be using the platform to share more previously unreleased material in future.

The Chemical Brothers will headline Boardmasters festival in Cornwall this August and will be bringing their live show to London’s Alexandra Palace in October