There's a lot to be said about James Blake, a young musician out of London who has helped change the face of dubstep and electronic music within the last two years. His music is both peerless and constantly changing. He has already proven himself to be a formidable artist for years to come in the very short time he has been releasing music.
While still at school in London, Blake released the 12" single "Air & Lack Theirof" in July of '09. It became a favorite of BBC 1 Radio's own Giles Peterson. Using obscure and obfuscated samples to create melodies and phrases out of different snippets, his music already bore little resemblance to anything before it.
In March 2010, Blake released his first extended play entitled The Bells Sketch. Songs like the title track continued his work at digital concoctions of compressed and glitched out samples and sounds that rarely found their way into music.
A third 12" vinyl was released in May 2010. This time around, Blake further refurbished his increasingly lush and colorful sound with vocal samples reminiscent of artists like Burial on his CMYK EP. It was picked up by BBC 1 Radio DJ Nick Grimshaw as the Record of the Week, and received play from various other DJs.
Blake then released his latest EP, Klavierwerke, in September. The release hinted more at a future in different parameters than what Blake had previously explored. Pianos and slow moving songs, like "I Only Know (What I Know Now)", were introduced, suggesting a completely different approach to his newer material.
Before Blake drops his self titled debut on February 7th, 2010, we leave you with the first single from the album. "Limit To Your Love", which already went to #39 on the UK Singles Chart, is unlike anything he has released before. It's a cover of a Feist song that Blake actually sings on, and it suggests that he has no fear of alienating his followers to produce the music he wants to make.
Now you can check out our review of the album.
Be sure to purchase a copy of James Blake this February.
And to catch James Blake on tour this year:
Friday February 4th @ Borderline in London, UK
Monday February 7th @ Rough Trade East in London, UK
Thursday February 10th @ St. Pancras Old Church in London, UK
Thursday February 17th @ L'Antipode in Rennes, France
Saturday February 19th @ Club Silo in Leuven, Belgium
Wednesday February 23rd @ The Thekla in Bristol, UK
Friday February 25th @ The City Arts & Music Project in London, UK
Saturday February 26th @ Band on the Wall in Manchester, UK
Sunday February 27th @ Nice 'n Sleazy in Glasgow, UK
Wednesday March 2nd @ Melkweg, Paradiso & NlMk in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday March 4th @ Melkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wednesday March 16th @ SXSW in Austin, TX
Thursday March 24th @ St. Pancras Old Church in London, UK