11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

James Blake's second studio album, Overgrown, is a hypnotizing foray from an artist whose influences have grown from the subtle, futuristic textures of his eponymous 2011 debut to embrace everything from gospel choirs to post-dubstep. On Overgrown, Blake further expands his omnivorous influences and yields eclectic results—from a hip-hop track featuring RZA ("Take a Fall for Me") to a piano ballad that foregoes synths and electronics entirely ("Dlm"). Overgrown is challenging but accessible, confidently pacing through a multifaceted garden blooming with complex electronic layers, styles, and emotions.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

James Blake's second studio album, Overgrown, is a hypnotizing foray from an artist whose influences have grown from the subtle, futuristic textures of his eponymous 2011 debut to embrace everything from gospel choirs to post-dubstep. On Overgrown, Blake further expands his omnivorous influences and yields eclectic results—from a hip-hop track featuring RZA ("Take a Fall for Me") to a piano ballad that foregoes synths and electronics entirely ("Dlm"). Overgrown is challenging but accessible, confidently pacing through a multifaceted garden blooming with complex electronic layers, styles, and emotions.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
786 Ratings
786 Ratings
Ms.Hoffman ,

Just Wonderful

Just Wonderful is the best way to sum up James Blake new album. I loved everything about it from the "Retrograde" to "Digital Lion" but the whole piece is solid work. I am also lovin Buddy Mix ablum "Of The Apple". His style is James Blake meets Bowie. I recommend you search for it here on itunes and take a listen to it as well. Solid Electronic work. But James work is just brilliant!

Jim Boonie ,

Most likely the best thing you will hear this year.

Yeah, it's worth the hype. Buy it. Not here though. "When you buy an album on iTunes you're renting music rather than buying it; you're getting the equivalent of an IOU." Support your local record store. The music industry is failing. Help preserve it. "The ship isn't just going down. There are people trapped inside, bashing on the windows trying to get out."

Malcom's Land of Talk ,

Epic

Yea this ish isn't even out yet, but it's safe to say that anything James Blake does is golden

About James Blake

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 of a breakout year for him -- with a succession of warmly received 12" releases: The Bells Sketch (Hessle Audio, March), CMYK (R&S, June), Klavierwerke (R&S, October), and the single-sided "Limit to Your Love" (Atlas, November). The last of the series -- a cover of a song by Feist, in which Blake's heartfelt vocal was placed front and center -- served as a precursor to his first full-length, issued the following February. Titled James Blake, it left a major impression, and was eventually nominated for a Mercury Prize but lost to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake.

Blake returned to Hemlock for the Order 12", then reverted to Atlas for Enough Thunder, a six-track EP with a Bon Iver collaboration and a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." Yet another 12", Love What Happened Here, was out by the end of 2011. Blake spent much of 2012 working on his second album, releasing new work under the name Harmonimix, and performing less often as the new songs percolated. In April 2013, second album Overgrown appeared, featuring collaborations with Brian Eno and RZA. It won that year's Mercury Prize, and Blake's songwriting was acknowledged when "Retrograde," one of the album's highlights, won an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Contemporary Song. Little, apart from an Airhead collaboration and an EP on his 1-800 Dinosaur label, was heard from Blake for three years. He resurfaced in April 2016 with contributions to Beyoncé's Lemonade. A couple weeks later, The Colour in Anything, his third album, arrived with only a few hours of advance notice. Recorded in England and at Rick Rubin's studio in Malibu, California, it included input from Bon Iver and Frank Ocean. The album peaked within the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 and topped the U.S. Dance/Electronic chart. That year, Blake also contributed to Frank Ocean's Endless, Vince Staples' Prima Donna, and Travi$ Scott's Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. He continued into 2017 with appearances on Jay-Z's 4:44 and Mount Kimbie's Love What Survives, while also producing "Element" for Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.. ~ David Jeffries & Andy Kellman

HOMETOWN
Enfield, London, England
BORN
September 25, 1988

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