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The sultry, future-facing second album from the electronic wunderkind builds on the quiet singularity of his debut. And how. Constantly propelling you into a higher, denser place of quietude, this is scintillating music that frequently achieves almost primal crescendos. "Life Round Here" builds around its pacey syncopated beat and ‘80s bleepiness and "Take a Fall for Me" is a bleakly bittersweet anti-romance that pitches Blake's desperate recants against RZA's plaintive rhymes. But it's "Retrograde"—instantly recognisable from first hum and a ballad of howling desperatation—that perfectly distils his appeal.

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The first real contender for Album of the Year


i honestly thought that James's last album would be a one hit wonder. purely because it was so different and amazing that it could not be bettered. I am glad to say I was wrong! awe inspiring and refreshing true talent, and from someone who thought I had heard it all and was getting very bored with 'new music' first Bowies new album now this! maybe things are a changing musically in uk at last.


James Blake's hugely distinctive style and reverie provoking voice just makes this another incredible release within a world of clearly talentless music and nondescript genre.


Born: 25 September 1988 in Enfield, London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Influenced by the likes of D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder along with Burial and Mount Kimbie, London-based producer, singer, and songwriter James Blake first gave the world a taste of his quirky, R&B-sampling strain of dubstep in 2009 when his Air & Lack Thereof 12" appeared on the Hemlock label. Blake received quite the endorsement when the heralded Soul Jazz label picked the track up for their Steppas' Delight 2 compilation that same year. Blake raised his profile every few months during 2010 -- something...
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