After three years of relative silence since the release of his album Overgrown, English singer songwriter James Blake finally announced a surprise new full length a few weeks ago. The Colour In Anything was released at midnight on May 6th following a few festival announcements and pictures of mysterious Quentin Blake murals.
The 17-track LP features collaborations with Bon Iver and Frank Ocean (who co-wrote some of the tracks) and is co-produced by Rick Rubin. Blake uses emotion and abstract images in the video for “I Need a Forest Fire” featuring beautiful vocals from Bon Iver.
Directed by UVA, the clip shows various art installations that play with light, shadow and shapes. As the song reaches its climax, a digitally rendered butterfly takes flight for the stunning final shot.
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After months of anticipation, young electronic music genius James Blake recently premiered his new single “Retrograde” to rave reviews and overwhelming fan response. This very restrained, yet soulful, downtempo showcases Blake’s incredibly clear and powerful voice nestled in wooly electronics, hinting at a slightly new direction for his sophomore album, Overgrown, due next April.
Best know for his epic cover of Gonzalez and Feist’s timeless classic “Limit To Your Love” and a handful of equally mind-blowing productions, James Blake released his self-titled debut album in 2011 and quickly became one of the brightest new names to watch in British music today. A couple of years down the line, his new single “Retrograde” doesn’t disappoint one bit and it’s already getting a lot of love from remixers around the world.
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In the past few months, there has been a lot of fuss around James Blake previous to the release of his highly anticipated debut album, due out in February 2011 on Atlas Records, a subsidiary of Polydor. So far 2010 has been a stellar year for James Blake! He first released the critically acclaimed Bells Sketch EP and the huge underground smash “CMYK”, both of which quickly turned him into one of the brightest new names to watch in British music today.
James - CMYK
In September the brilliant Klavierwerke EP was released on R & S Records and immediately set about defining Blake’s emotional electronic production style. Off the back of this EP, some bloggers claimed to have been reduced to tears by the simplicity and beauty of the sounds the young artist teases from his home studio.
His synth lines squeal and convulse, his beats lurch behind every corner of his tension-filled compositions. Despite their electronic essence, Blake’s productions feel raw and almost brutal, with their massive synths and fragmented beats.
James Blake - Limit To Your Love
The first single, which has been doing the viral rounds on YouTube for quite sometime is Blake’s epic cover of the timeless Feist and Gonzalez track “Limit To Your Love”. Re-worked, recorded and produced by Blake alone in his studio, this cover gives the first time listener a chance to hear James’ incredibly soulful voice, nestled in wooly electronics. The album is following in similar suite, with less urban post-dubstep grooves (Blake has often been associated with the emerging post-dubstep sound of Mount Kimbie and others) and more of a singer/songwriter feel.
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