Wednesday, February 2, 2011

James Blake

After spending the past year and a half releasing a string of ridiculously good EPs and remixes (and finishing university of course), fresh-faced Londoner James Blake is releasing his debut, self-titled album next Monday. Something along the lines of a soulful, avant garde, dubstep singer-songwriter, Blake's productions get compared to the XX and Bon Iver, which has some merit but definitely doesn't tell the whole story.

The video above was just released for "The Wilhelm Scream," the album's second single (after Feist cover "Limit to Your Love"). But "I Never Learnt to Share" might be the best example of his current style and potential. It has a bit of a repentant religious vibe to it (there's something strangely churchy about those synth lines), along with a very satisfying drop. I've also included a couple of remix highlights that show his breadth, although I apologize for the download wait and potential advertising barrage – our usual file-sharing service is currently down.

If you enjoy this sort of thing, you might also be interested in Berlin club Berghain's Sub:stance compilation from last year, featuring similarly minded (and talented) artists like Joy Orbison.

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