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Enough Thunder - EP

James Blake

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Whether he’s stripping parts from under the hood of avant-dubstep minimalism, recording a smoldering soulful cover of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love,” or fusing R&B-tinged indie with left-field production and IDM architecture, it’s the eerie trill in James Blake’s haunting vocals that marks his musical signature. In the spectral opening song “Once We All Agree,” Blake’s warbling inflections sound like he’s singing from a hospital bed, as spare piano notes punctuate the changes over a distressing ambience. He ramps up the experimental production flourishes on “We Might Feel Unsound,” where a skittering snare accompanies percolating beats to create something that sounds like a collaboration between Björk and Thom Yorke. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon duets on “Fall Creek Boys Choir,” a stylish standout with slow-burning rhythms crackling under analog synth drones and looped animal sounds. In his cover of “A Case of You” (one of the strongest selections from Joni Mitchell’s Blue), Blake utilizes only sparse piano and voice and nails Mitchell’s erratic phrasing with his own sophistication.

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Great EP

What I love most about James Blake is you never know what to expect. His last release, Order/Pan was beat driven, industrial sounding, vocal-less tracks. This EP is the exact opposite. Soulful vocals, warm piano, honest lyrics. Just beautiful. He still adds his signature touch to songs such as Not Long Now and We Might Feel Unsound with their deep bass and "post dub" clicks and clacks. Perfect album as we move into fall. This guy can do no wrong in my book. Keep surprising me!

stunningly mediocre

2 of my favorite songs of the past year have been 'Wilhelm scream' & 'Limit to your love'. Was so excited to hear of new material...unfortunately this collection is horribly mediocre & ultimately forgetttable. The collaboration with BonIver sounds like the herding of screeching cats being rounded up by a rabid dog...I will await for some more brilliance down the road.

Very well done!

This EP just shows how James Blake coexists between two worlds: minimalist, beat driven dubstep and soulful, piano driven ballads. As other reviews have mentioned, thunder is nearly the opposite of what the production is in this. However, something that I noticed growing in his debut album and put to the front in this EP in his voice and the emotion behind it; the actual thunder. Overall, this EP is more showcasing the talent of James Blake's voice over production (It still is a James Blake record, so production is still great). No better place to show it than in an EP, but now I hope for an EP to counter it and show his fabulous take on dubstep again in his next release. I feel like that would make this EP even better!

Biography

Born: September 25, 1988 in Enfield, London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Influenced by the likes of D’Angelo and Stevie Wonder along with Burial and Mount Kimbie, London-based producer 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 of...
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