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James Blake debuts new track + Gorillaz remix

Friday, November 28th, 2014

As we eagerly await a new album from UK electronic producer James Blake, he’s just previewed a track called ‘200 Press’. It’s deceivingly deep and house-y sounding cut until the breakbeats kick in, the rapping gets more gritty and things turn discordantly weird.

But you’ll have to wait until December 8 to wrap your ears around the whole thing, which will be available digitally and on vinyl via Blake’s 1–800-Dinosaur imprint. Note: as the track title reveals, they’re apparently only pressing 200 copies. Collectors item already?

In other James Blake news, an unheard remix of Gorillaz’ ‘Feel Good Inc.’ under his Harmonimix pseudonym has popped up on the FABRICLIVE x Hit & Run Mix by Rich Reason, who states the remix is “from back in the day”.

Blake’s third album will apparently be released in April 2015 and may or may not include collaborations with Kanye West and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver.

Vinyl Retention: James Blake

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Every Wednesday, Sardi lets us know what’s tickling his eardrums in the world of dance music…

Two years on from his seminal self titled debut LP, James Blake is set to thrill fans and amaze critics with his follow up Overgrown. To get us in the mood, the electronic crooner has just released the first single from the album titled ‘Retrograde’.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’d be very familiar with the Blake sound. Emotional vocals, goose bump inducing harmonies and swelling synthlines are trademarks of his production.

‘Retrograde’ builds on this and pushes it even further. Blake’s soulful vocals open the track and are left to shine on their own, whilst harsh midrange synth chords begin to rise and create intense dynamics. It’s a combination that’s just not meant to work… but it does.

‘Retrograde’ is out now with the album slated for an April release.

If you like what you hear, be sure to tune in to RTRFM’s Full Frequency between 3pm and 5pm, as Sardi and Dart explore the world of Drum and Bass and beyond.