THE LOW-DOWN For many, James Blake’s version of Feist’s The Limit to Your Love was their first introduction to his work. It was spooky, ethereal and otherworldly, as a voice akin to Mark Hollis from Talk Talk made nice with a soundbed of slow-motion post-dubstep weirdness. It certainly didn’t sound like anything else around. But dubstep connoisseurs were already wise to the 22-year-old Londoner, a producer who only started making music in the past few years while at Goldsmiths College in London. A couple of brilliant EPs – check out The Bells Sketch, CMYK or
Klavierwerke releases for the full score on Blake – and collaborations with Mount Kimbie were what alerted many to his skills as a vocalist and producer. In 2011 Blake will release his debut album (February) and roll out his live show. You can expect many to swoon to his soulful, minimal electronica, perfectly pitched sense of musical drama and powerful, evocative voice.
SOUNDBITE “If you like The xx, you’re going to like this”