JAMES BLAKE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

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”

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