If you’re keeping track of the James Blake rap collaborations, his union with Chance the Rapper is superior to his one with RZA. But the RZA told me earlier today in an interview that “the world has the power to make it bong bong for everyone.” I was feeling sick and now I am healed, […]
James Blake is one of few modern electronic artists who has managed to stay relevant both commercially and within the underground community that birthed him. Since exploding onto the scene with two groundbreaking experimental EPs and a widely applauded commercial full-length, Blake has stayed true to his underground roots by releasing several dancefloor-driven singles and […]
There’s something baffling about “Take a Fall for Me,” namely that James Blake probably hasn’t listened to a RZA solo album ever. If he had, I imagine that he would’ve realized that aiming for the 2013 “Love Jones” was the wise move. On the bright side, none of us ever expected RZA to rhyme “tight […]
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Aaron Frank is so retrograde he only wears Helly Hanson. It’s only been a year since James Blake released his last EP, but in the time since, dubstep has been fully commercialized and we’ve been left to suffer the unavoidable wrath of EDM. So when Blake’s forthcoming album Overgrown was announced yesterday, it was welcome […]
Son Raw doesn’t pose for no one. Maybe Brent Rollins. There’s no politically correct way of saying that James Blake’s music is infinitely better when he works with black voices so fuck political correctness. While a few twee outlets went nuts over his LP last year, almost everyone previously familiar with his work found it […]
Photo by Lee “Intuition” Shaner via Knocksteady Aaron Frank knows what CMYK stands for but he ain’t telling. In the three years since I moved to LA, I’ve never seen a new artist sweep up fans across such a broad cross-section of socio-economic backgrounds quite like James Blake. The Sunset Strip crowd and industry crabs […]
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There’s a limit to Sach O’s love. Breathlessly hyped since his debut on wax, James Blake’s ascent through the world of electronic music has been a peculiar one. Nominally a member of the post-dubstep community bringing bassweight to England’s longstanding art pop tradition, he’s so far managed to avoid defining himself by jumping from concept […]
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Aaron Frank empathizes with James Blake having two first names.  It was a welcome surprise when James Blake opted to follow his stellar CMYK with another in the same year. CMYK was a groundbreaking first step for the “post-dubstep” genre, and though I’m circumspect towards that particular name (I remain vague on the definition of […]
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The Man of the hour, Mr. James Blake has a new video for the first single of his upcoming album. Douglas Martin tells me that it’s a Feist cover and I believe him because the alternative would involve listening to Feist in order to confirm that tidbit. I’m dedicated to this blogging shit but even […]
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21 year old London producer James Blake hasn’t been lacking for congratulatory press, what with his every single since “The Air & Lack Thereof” being hailed as a milestone in the field of DPEDMFL (Dubstep proper electronic dance music fans like). Indeed, only fellow rookie Joy Orbison ended up with more props last year – […]
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