News featuring James Blake

The following news stories mention James Blake. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated less than 8 hours ago.

’15 May 11 Mon

Monday 11th May

  • Pearl & the Beard share new single "Anything" (listen)

    by Andrew Sacher

    Brooklyn pop band Pearl and the Beard have a new album called Beast on the way, and its new single "Anything" premieres in this post. It's the kind of song that has as much in common with mainstream artists like Drake and Beyonce as it does with artists who generally fall under the "indie" umbrella like How to Dress Well and The xx. (James Blake is likely an influence too.) Eventually though, the song ditches its downtempo pop and builds to an arena-sized rock crescendo.

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’15 Apr 23 Thu

Thursday 23rd April

  • Turning tables: how Brit soul lost touch with its black heritage

    While Sam Smith, Adele and co fly the flag for British soul in the charts, the only black artists in on the boom are talent-show stragglers. Why does the music industry refuse to market them properly?

    If you ask the accountants at some major labels, British soul is basking in a golden age. While record sales have flatlined, Sam Smith and Adele have been shifting albums by the pound. They’ve racked up awards both here and in the States, and provided a smooth soundtrack for a million coffee franchises. Meanwhile, Ed Sheeran is strumming with Pharrell, James Blake is collaborating with the RZA, and Jessie J has been belting out lung-busters under the watchful eye of R&B hit factory Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. No doubt Brit soul, a genre taken seriously enough to warrant its own extensive Wikipedia page, is booming. There’s only one thing that seems to be missing: black…

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’15 Apr 9 Thu

Thursday 9th April

’15 Apr 3 Fri

Friday 3rd April

’15 Mar 30 Mon

Monday 30th March

  • The playlist: new bands – Thunder & Co, All Tvvins, Secaina Hudson and more

    This week’s playlist includes dreamy synthpop, anthemic indie music and West Coast bubblegum funk

    Secaina Hudson is a 22-year-old Londoner who – like Shura, Ronika, Tãlã, Låpsley, Cooly G and others – is a completely self-contained artist, singing, writing and producing her material. She began recording demos using Fruity Loops in her bedroom as a teenager, and before long was attracting the attention of Skream and Diplo, and penning tracks for TCTS, Grades and Vic Mensa, among others. She has created a series of what she calls “refixes” of tracks – including Katy Perry’s Walking on Air and James Blake’s Retrograde – and now has a debut release of her own music: the I Ain’t With You EP, out on 17 May on Capitol Records. The title track is great, one of those casual kiss-offs from a slighted partner (“You hurt me for the last time and I’m done with…

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’15 Mar 13 Fri

Friday 13th March

  • Stream Emprss Blue EP

    Emprss are an electronic pop trio from Farnham, “a sleepy town in the south of England.” Their Blue EP is out this week via Family Artists, a collective that also includes tour mates Hundred Waters. Blue finds them exploring crystalline moody sounds that split the difference between Elbow and James Blake. It’s the sort of […]

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’15 Mar 1 Sun

Sunday 1st March

  • James Blake’s Radio Silence Reportedly Out Next Month

    James Blake has been teasing his Overgrown followup for what feels like forever. So far, we know that it’s called Radio Silence, that it could feature collaborations with Kanye West and Justin Vernon, and that it’s scheduled to come out in the first half of this year. French radio station France Inter (via Reddit) now […]

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’15 Feb 15 Sun

Sunday 15th February

  • How Björk broke the sound barrier

    With an acclaimed new album, and a MoMA exhibition due next month, the Icelandic star is back. Award-winning music writer Alex Ross traces her musical journey from child prodigy to genre-defying queen of the avant garde

    • Bjork: a career in pictures

    A few years ago, for a feature on a music blog, I asked Björk to make a selection of her favourite records. Her list included Mahler’s 10th Symphony; Alban Berg’s Lulu; Steve Reich’s Tehillim; a collection of Thai pop, entitled Siamese Soul, Volume 2; Alim Qasimov’s Azerbaijan: The Art of the Mugham; Joni Mitchell’s Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter; Kate Bush’s The Dreaming; Nico’s Desertshore; Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back; Aphex Twin’s Drukqs; the Ranges’ Panasonic EP; Black Dog Productions’ Bytes and James Blake’s debut album, James Blake.

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