James Blake has been blowing me away since I first heard “Wilhelm Scream” early last year. Since then he’s been amazing me with his amalgamation of minimalist, post-dubstep, and r&b stylings. His sorrowful falsetto is the perfect counterpart to his distinct glitchy reverbed percussion that he uses on the majority of his tracks. He is easily one the best new artists (nominated for 2011 Mercury Prize a.k.a. the Grammys of The UK but better because its not in America) and continues to impress the blogosphere with his excellent productions and mixes. I’m really into the whole post-dubstep movement and the new bass music sounds that are coming out of the UK right now (see: PostDubstep Tumblr) and James Blake is one of the defining artists in this movement and alot of what we are seeing are reflections of his sound. It is a wonderful place we live in where artists can be immediately influential in the music world.
I’ve been wanting to post about James Blake for a grip now, and the fact that he’s preparing his new album is a damn good reason to continue building the hype about this guy. He’s collaborated with one of my favorite voices/songwriters in the whole world, Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon, for a track on the upcoming album. This track “Fall Creek Boys Choir” is just a clue as to what this new album will be like, and its a huge tease. The full track list has been released and the album is to be called Enough Thunder. (Get the deets HERE)This song really illustrates the innovation that James Blake exudes and I sincerely hope that he continues to create new sounds and produce music of the high quality that he has in the past.
If you have never heard James Blake, please check him out. He’s creating extremely intelligent music with a flavor that he’s made all his own, and not surprisingly he’s the best at what he does.
Wilhem’s Scream[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake/02JamesBlake-WilhelmsScream.mp3]
Fall Creek Boys Choir[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake/fall-creek-boys-choir.mp3
Give a Man a Rod (Second Version)
A Millie (Harmonimix Remix) *Harmonimix is James Blake’s remix/Dj moniker*[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake/13AMillieharmonimix.mp3]
**First Listen** James Blake – Enough Thunder 320kbps
1. Once We All Agree[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake_295/01OnceWeAllAgree.mp3]
2. We Might Feel Unsound[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake_295/02WeMightFeelUnsound.mp3]
3. Fall Creek Boys Choir[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake_295/03FallCreekBoysChoir.mp3]
4. A Case of You[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake_295/04ACaseOfYou.mp3]
5. Not Long Now[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake_295/05NotLongNow.mp3]
6. Enough Thunder[audio http://www.archive.org/download/JamesBlake_295/06EnoughThunder.mp3]