James Blake

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Born on September 26, 1988 in London, England, James Blake has captivated audiences with his electronic style. After studying music at the University of London, Blake released his first self-recorded album, Air & Lack Thereof, which was actually recorded... ... read more

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James Blake - A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover) @BBC Radio 1
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James Blake - A Case of You (Joni Mitchell cover) @BBC Radio 1 39,363 views
James Blake - Limit To Your Love 4,862,579 views
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream 1,055,370 views
James Blake & Bon Iver - Fall Creek Boys Choir 939,613 views
James Blake - I Only Know (What I Know Now) 853,623 views
James Blake live at Other Music and Dig For Fire's Lawn Party at SXSW 139,247 views
James Blake - A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell cover) 159,802 views
James Blake 'The Wilhelm Scream' BBC Radio 1 - Zane Lowe 'Hottest Record In The World' 85,043 views
James Blake BBC Sound of 2011 74,447 views
James Blake - CMYK 62,066 views
James Blake - Love What Happened Here (Benji B Special) 53,670 views
Mount Kimbie & James Blake "Maybes" (Live in Norway) 55,132 views
James Blake - Unluck 48,962 views
James Blake - Sparing The Horses 47,758 views
James Blake - Postpone (HQ) 30,859 views
James Blake - Once We All Agree (new song) Live @ The Music Box 9-18-11 in HD 31,518 views
James Blake - Live at ACL Fest 2011 (Full Set) 25,060 views
James Blake - Lindisfarne (Live From Abbey Road s04 e03) 5,628 views
James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream (Live From Abbey Road s04 e03) 4,968 views

James Blake Bio

James Blake

Born on September 26, 1988 in London, England, James Blake has captivated audiences with his electronic style. After studying music at the University of London, Blake released his first self-recorded album, Air & Lack Thereof, which was actually recorded in his bedroom. This album gained the attention of popular DJ Gilles Peterson, who invited Blake to do a mix on his show.

From here, Blake’s popularity escalated and he signed with R&S Records to release CMYK, with the single “CMYK” selected by BBC Radio for Record of the Week. Blake’s unique sound has won him the attention of Mercury Music Prize 2011, runner up for BRIT Award’s Critic’s Choice, and Single of the Year 2010 at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards. A second album, titled Overgrown, is set for release on April 8, 2013, and an indicator that James Blake tickets will sell out fast so check for James Blake tour dates soon!

James Blake User Comments

Cory H. Jun 4, 2013
James Blake's third album establishes his break from the underground beat making scene that, some argue, made him who he is. In attempting to peg what genre Blake's music falls into, critics have coined the term “post-dubstep” in an effort to box him in. While Blake's music combines R&B crooning with elements of down-tempo and dubstep buildup and breakdowns, the man can't be contained by one label. In 2011, his debut album featured speaker burners such as “CMYK,” “I Never Learned to Share,” and “The Wilhelm Scream” that were rife with buildups, drops and half-tempo rhythms Elegaic songs like “Limit To Your Love” were in the minority on this album, yet it was also a preview of a new sound Blake would adapt and play more with on his sophomore EP, Enough Thunder. In there, the biggest indicator of his shift from dubstep to electronic R&B was forecast in his cover of Joni Mitchell's “A Case of You” and collaboration with Bon Iver on “Fall Creek Boys Choir.” His latest album, titled Overgrown, proves a full departure from his bass-heavy rave nights, opting for a mellower, soulful blueprint for the rest of the album. Here, Blake's approach is decidedly minimalist, and the naked foundation he builds captivates through the vulnerability it exposes. The song “Take A Fall For Me” has an interesting pairing with Wu-Tang member RZA laying rhymes down over Blake's beats, rapping “I need you like I need satisfaction.” On top, Blake provides jarring sustained chords over what sounds like sandpaper rubbing together. Would anyone have believed this collaboration would happen? Perhaps not, but it's refreshing and shows that Blake still has an ear for experimentation. Overgrown is Blake's most mature outing yet. In the journey of him finding himself, he captivates us every stop of the way.

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