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Ellie Goulding – Life Round Here (Feat. Angel Haze) (James Blake Cover)

Ellie Goulding Life Round Here (Feat. Angel Haze)

Birthed straight from the head of the indie zeitgeist, megastar Ellie Goulding and mega-twitter user Angel Haze team for a visceral, spaced-down very good cover of James Blake’s “Life Round Here”.

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Rating: 8.8

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02-03-14

Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Version)

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“Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Version)”, you spot a title like that and you already know it’s on. Here, “World’s coolest eyebrows” Drake gets the fly as f remix treatment from “World’s greatest sweep haircut” James Blake.

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Rating 8.5

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10-29-13

James Blake – Voyeur (Bear/Face Edit)

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“Voyeur”‘s great. Normally we wouldn’t take it to the paticular place of a post about a remix on such a great track. But this is Bear/Face, who is arguably, at or near the top of the dreamy R&B sizzurp vocal genre right now (which is something). Listen to what Mr. Face did to James Blake below.

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Rating 8.2

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04-11-13

James Blake – Digital Lion

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It seems James Blake has been in a bit of a battle with himself. As ballads and beautiful electronic pieces collide with the more minimal more angular side of Blake, the one consistent thread of his output thusfar is the high quality of his work. Re-born with last month’s gorgeous paean “Retrograde”, the Brian Eno-infused “Digital Lion” veers more toward The Obtuse Blake. Bits of J.B.’s syrupy croon and trademark rhythm structures are still there, still intact. It’s still Blake. By Phoebe Anne Severin

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Rating 8.5

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03-08-13

James Blake – Retrograde

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James Blake is a superstar. Demur, and yet so powerful, a style he has carried into his new track: “Retrograde” The track starts off slow, just has most of his stuff does. And then the trademark Blake “drop” comes in, and blows you away. His lyric, “Ignore everybody else, we’re alone now” stands out with a romantic, sensual feeling to it, where as previous Blake tracks and albums rode upon more of a theme of longing and sadness. It is assuredly one of his better songs to date. The vocals are stunning and Blake carries the song on what seems like one breath.

A follow up to James Blake’s debut self-titled album is to be released on April 8th, and he will be doing a US tour in late Spring and early Summer. (A live show that is not to miss.) By Phoebe Anne Severin

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Rating 8.5

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02-12-13

The Bamboos – The Wilhelm Scream (Feat. Megan Washington) (James Blake)

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Our girl, and one of our favorite voices anywhere, Megan Washington teams up with fellow Aussies The Bamboos to do a sunny Sunday afternoon ’70’s soul-inspired send up of James Blake’s “Wilhelm Scream”. Check it out.

The Bamboos – The Wilhelm Scream (James Blake)

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Rating 8.3

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01-27-12

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (Gina Turner Bootleg Edit)

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Yeahhhhh. When I first came across this house remix of “The Wilhelm Scream” (b3sci’s #1 track of 2011), I admit to first pushing play just to listen to how bad it would be. And then I actually pushed play and was blown away. Do not miss this mix by NYC DJ Gina Turner.

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (Gina Turner Bootleg Edit)

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Rating 8.2

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01-05-12

James Blake – At Birth

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The James Blake train keeps rolling, after a 2011 that’s included an LP and an EP, J. Blake intends to release a second ’11 EP in December called “Love What Happened Here”. “At Birth”, which is excerpted from the EP, brings some of that James Blake 1-2 back that was missing on the “Enough Thunder” EP. Expect the usual J.B. vocal cuts, piano jabs, and rhythmic multilayers with a touch darker edge.

James Blake – At Birth

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Rating 8.4

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11-04-11

James Blake x Drake – Half Heat Full x Up All Night

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Last night, James Blake became the latest artist to air a set inside BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix. The mix played out much like a palette, an insight into some corners of JB’s sort musical universe. There were darker, sparer songs, more soulful even uplifting songs and there were new James Blake songs too. One song in the set that especially stuck us was this mix of Blake’s “Half Heat Full” and YM’s “Up All Night”. The mix sort of fits in a sound lane with Clams Casino or other similar Future Garage Hop productions. Get into it.

James Blake x Drake – Half Heat Full x Up All Night

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Rating 8.3

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09-17-11

James Blake – Not Long Now

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Last night GP dropped a new JB track on BBC. “NLW” is excerpted from Blake’s upcoming Enough Thunder EP. The EP will also include “Falls Creek Boys Choir”, JB’s collabo with BI. “Not Long Now” is more of the spare beeps bloops and beats and faraway croons consistent with the Blake sound. Let us know what you think.

James Blake – Not Long Now

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Rating 7.9

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09-14-11

James Blake – Order / Pan

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James Blake’s latest “Order” b/w “Pan” will be released on Hemlock Recordings July 11. Sample both tracks below.

James Blake – Order

James Blake – Pan

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Rating: 8.0

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06-30-11

SXSW Wednesday Night Wrap 03/16/11: James Blake, Mona, Belle Brigade, Chapel Club, Ellie Goulding

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James Blake @ Stubb’s:

There was definitely an air of anticipation (and weed) for James Blake’s first SXSW performance. After an approx. 30 minute delay due to technical problems the superstar of the Indieverse took the stage. First things, we noticed were 1) James Blake is really fucking tall. Like dude towers over everyone else on stage. 2) His band is very young. The other lads in the band were maybe 22-23. Blake started the set with “What Was It You Said About Luck”, immediately we’re struck by how strong the vocals come off live. The R&B influences are particularly palpable as Blake smooths in and out of each syrupy melodic line. The bass was really loud; windpipe shaking, back of your mouth rattling loud. The interplay between the physical intensity of the bass, the sweetness of the vocal, and the detached withdrawn quality of much of James Blake’s songs was quite powerful. “Limit to Your Love” was a highlight that included an excellent 4-5 minute dub reggae-styled section.

James Blake – Wilhelm Scream

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Mona @ Antone’s:

Dressed in plain t-shirts and styled in pompadour-esque haircuts, Nashville’s Mona ripped into set opener “Trouble on the Way”. Despite some tepid early interactions with Antone’s house soundguy, the band blazed through an approx. 30 minute set with an absolute confidence and strong focus. Second song “Teenager” soared, “Listen to Your Love” filled the room. The venue was maybe 3/4’s full but those there were really feeling it and the band seemed to (almost unbelievably) level up with each song. Mona were great, a band truly in top form. Later in the set, they played some newer more Nashville, sort of Gospel-influenced material. What we heard sounded solid, with frontman Nick Brown sounding almost Joshua Tree-era Bono-esque (in a good way) at times. Mona are stars and primed to blow the fuck up on both sides of the Atlantic, and with sets like Wednesday Night’s at Antone’s (a favorite of SXSW thusfar) they’ve got the live performance chops to back up the hype.

Mona – Teenager

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Belle Brigade @ The Phoenix:

We made it over to the KCRW showcase at The Phoenix just in time to catch the later half of Belle Brigade’s set. What we experienced was a well crafted, energetic set of tunes that showcased the band’s excellent harmonizing and onstage performance skills. Set closer “Losers” really cut the room well with the LA brother-sister duo’s backing band doing great work to really lift the song’s best moments.

Belle Brigade – Losers

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Chapel Club @ The Phoenix:

Anticipation was high at the capacity filled Phoenix for Chapel Club’s up-to-this-date rare U.S. performance. The band opened with “Surfacing” and, at times, seemed tenuous, as if the weightiness of the moment caught the band a bit off guard. “Roads”, from the “Wintering” EP, was next and showed off the band’s newer more atmospheric sound. The chemistry onstage between guitarists Michael Hibbert and Alex Parry is really phenomenal. Their performances were definitely the highlight of the set. Singles “O Maybe I” and “All the Eastern Girls” engaged the crowd. Singer Lewis Bowman commented several times during the set to the effect that, the band were “suprised to be there”. We weren’t. Despite a few dodgier edges, Chapel Club certainly played as if they belonged on a stage like the Phoenix… or larger.

Chapel Club – After the Flood

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Ellie Goulding @ Bat Bar:

The Bat Bar was packed for Ellie Goulding’s midnight set. A significant overflow crowd filled the street outside the small venue. Ellie and her fans seemed totally captivated with each other. That interaction was great. The kid’s knew and sang back the lyric to every song. What wasn’t good: The venue. Ellie and her band were jammed into a corner of a long brick corridor. The basic space and acoustics of the room made for some poor sound. We had difficulty hearing the band, hearing Ellie. From what we could hear, the band sounded small, too small for her sound. Set closer “Starry Eyed” ended the night on a positive note as the oblong room went brick discotheque, arms flailing wildly, bodies in motion, post-adolescent girl to aging hipster dude.

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Contributed by Alex Sheehan
Photography contributed by Genevieve Sheehan

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03-17-11