Posts Tagged ‘James Blake’

May 24, 2018

Heads up, kids. A must listen new arrival just came out of the music woodwork but less than an hour ago, and it comes from none other than post-dubstep, electronic, and gospel-imbued soul troubadour James Blake. I’ve actually been wondering for awhile now when he’d unleash some new music on us. The UK singer songwriter and producer is responsible for one of the best shows I attended last year. I was there for one of his three sold out shows at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and he was nothing short of magnificent, whether it was his solo ballads on piano, his dub heavy re-visits of older classics, or the immense catalog of new music he blessed us with that magical evening. This afternoon, he’s finally released a beautiful new song named Don’t Miss It via a lyric video of sorts. It’s a much pensive and reflective song, sparse and understated yet gorgeously mesmeric with its soft trickling beats, haunting keys, and soulful cooing. Don’t Miss It, which is a collaboration with Mount Kimbie’s Dom Maker, almost feels like a CocoRosie song mixed with James Blake’s downtempo gospel and electro-soul. 

January 26, 2018

Whoa, hold up! Stop everything you’re doing, whatever it is, as long as it’s safe to do so. New James Blake literally JUST dropped, and I happened to catch the British musician and producer’s post on Facebook the very moment the song and video saw the light of day. Ladies and gents, prepare to be bewitched by dub heavy, glitchy burbling, minimalist and atmospheric If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead. It’s a gossamer haunting electronic song, with heady visuals to go along with its shadowy shuffling, pitchy warbling ambiance. Apparently, James shared the song while closing out his BBC Radio 1 residency. You can also stream the new song, here.

August 16, 2017
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There are many James Blake songs I’ll probably love fully until my dying day. Retrograde, off 2013′s excellent album Overgrown, is one such tune. London’s Jagara, previously known as Jagaara the first time we shared their music back in 2015, have presented us with an immense cover of Retrograde. The sisters’ hauntingly created their own version of the song by fusing alt pop, trip hop, and funk tinged electronica. Does it do Retrograde justice? More than yes. I have a feeling their cover, which is reminiscent of Portishead and Hælos, is going to be on repeat for a long time to come. Re-visit Jagara’s originals on Soundcloud, here.

February 26, 2017
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The very first time I encountered Flybear I had to pick my jaw right off the floor. He’d just offered up a spectacular cover of James Blake standard The Wilhelm Scream and the future soul rendition was nothing short of brilliant (stream below if you managed to miss it or crave a re-visit). As expected, the Baltimore based producer continued to dole out phenomenal tunes since, and today, we get to dissolve into the textured and finespun beauty that is Hollowed. I’d expect a Flume, Bonobo, Lido, and Mura Masa collaboration to be on par with this dreamy sparkling, dusky enchanting gem. This is the sort of chilled out, ambient tingling tune to take out with you on an evening walk under a dark sky. Bring someone dear to your heart. Together, you’ll stare with wonder out into the star dusted universe, so large and vast, so full of mystery. Your hearts will be soothed as you take each other’s hands and look forward with hope. Hollowed we are no more. The gorgeous track is available from major outlets, here.

April 15, 2016

Just a few short hours ago, new James Blake surfaced, and the very news of it prompted me to drop all that I was doing at the moment to dive straight into his new material. The trailblazing British artist makes a haunting return on Timeless, a first preview of the brand new record he’s just finished recording. That’s right, new James Blake album Radio Silence is DONE. Timeless is dark and chill, a downtempo entrancer full of abstract detail. James Blake’s somber crooning and the grainy swooshes in the song paint a picture of an hour glass in my mind. But instead of its sand frozen in time, the glitchy dissonance of Timeless has me imagining the hourglass’ stream of sand vaulting back and forth, stuck in a flickering state of flux, never able to surge fully one way or another. There’s an eerie metaphysical quality to Timeless, one that leaves me in a very static state of mind. I wonder what else James Blake has in store for us on Radio Silence.

March 25, 2016
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James Blake’s The Wilhelm Scream will forever hold a very special place in my heart. It was one of the first songs I ever heard from the at the time just breaking out musical genius, and it’s still one of the most gut wrenching, haunting songs of the past several years. New producer Flybear, who’s based out of Baltimore, gives us a spectacular cover of The Wilhelm Scream that stays true to the original’s dark emotions, but drenched in a stunning future soul deluge of clattering vivacity. This “turned up” version of The Wilhelm Scream is captivating and intricate, a finely nuanced treat that reveals more with each return listen. Flybear’s The Wilhelm Scream is the very first time the 19 year old artist has presented his own vocals on a track. Let this not be the last time, please. Download the cover for free, here.

February 11, 2016

Alright, kiddos, before I dive into my meticulously chosen daily lineup of features, I’m going to break routine and hop on for something that just surfaced that has my heart pumping rapidly in excitement. Ladies and gentlemen, behold… new James Blake. Modern Soul premiered on BBC radio, and this is the rip that the man shared himself on his socials just now. It’s a striking reminder of how influential his music has been on so many of the artists currently buzzing and becoming hugely successful, his soulful electronic music and the textured production which we once called “post-dubstep” now so common a force in the minimalist electronic pop and electro soul we listen to everyday. Before Chet Faker’s ascent, before Jack Garratt’s rise… there was James Blake… there IS James Blake. We can’t talk about “modern soul” without thinking of this guy. James also announced that he’ll be headlining Field Day in London on Saturday, June 11th. It’s going to be a fantastic year.

October 8, 2015
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Ethereal, eerie, and soulful track “Tenderness” by Brisbane artist Standby Empire. It’s magnificence resembles that of James Blake with a genius composition that reverberates through my soul. It’s easy to empathize with longing of Standby Empire that builds up through it’s climatic end.

July 24, 2015
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I have absolutely no idea how I let this slip past me till now, but this boogie ready cover of James Blake’s magnificent opus, Retrograde, by Virginia Beach producer Carneyval, is far too deliciously sensational to pass up on now. Not only is this a Retrograde brimming with killer disco swag and frisky funk guitars, its phenomenal vocals are delivered by Celeste Stoney, the very American Idol finalist and Los Angeles songstress who spellbound me with her jaw dropping vocals late last year. Like I said, I have no idea how I missed this spring release till now, but nothing’s going to stop me from euphorically soaking it all in now. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go dance circles around my couch, something I never thought I’d be doing to Retrograde. Download the hot jam for free, here.

April 9, 2015
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This one came as a surprise, and I went into it not knowing what to expect, but Swedish electronic act Cazzette has certainly dropped my jaw. They’ve created a bootleg of James Blake classic hit Limit To Your Love that begins not too far removed from the original, but slowly, meticulously launches itself into a bass heavy and grandiose future trap jam. I love James Blake. I love Limit To Your Love. And I love Flume meets HudMo styled trap. So…. you can guess what I think about this killer remix.