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 7 hours ago.

’15 Jun 4 Thu

Thursday 4th June

  • Count Counsellor – “Cloud Calls” (Stereogum Premiere)

    Sick of waiting for the new James Blake record? You’re in luck. A new UK producer going by the name Count Counsellor is stirring up his own brand new cloud of soul-infused synth music for your enjoyment. “Cloud Calls,” the first single from Count Counsellor’s debut EP, Count Counsellor & The Childhood Heroes, is kidlike […]

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’15 May 30 Sat

Saturday 30th May

  • Goldwash – “Waited Too Long”

    “Waited Too Long” is a funk-tinged gem from Goldwash whose melodic build-up and hypnotic allure is reminiscent of Toro y Moi and James Blake. Minimalist percussion and warbly synths lead toward an effervescent eruption at 01:23, where Gabriel Acheson’s soaring vocals mesh nicely with an addictive rhythm and melody. Based between London and Baltimore, the […]

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’15 May 28 Thu

Thursday 28th May

  • Primavera Sound fest begins (webcast streaming live, WFMU broadcasting it too)

    One of the premier music festivals in the world, the 2015 edition of Primavera Sound is just underway in Barcelona, Spain. If you can't make it, they're streaming many of the fest's performances live via two video channels on their website and below. Today's sets (5/28) you can watch include James Blake, OMD, Spiritualized, The Thurston Moore Band, Mikal Cronin, Baxter Dury and more. The fest's streaming schedule is listed below.

    Meanwhile, WFMU will be broadcasting performances live on Friday (5/29) and Saturday (5/30) from 3PM to midnight. WFMU's broadcast schedule, below...

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’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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Thursday 9th April

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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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