If you weren't able to gather this from the album art, James Blake is one weird cookie. One highly respected and talented cookie… but a weird cookie nonetheless. Never one to abide by traditional song structure, this newest album from Blake certainly comes the closest to doing this. This eccentricity is what attracted so many artists to work with him previously from Frank Ocean, to Kendrick Lamar to Metro Boomin. This album is notably devoid of features… only garnering a couple from slowthai and SZA… which happen to be a couple of the best tracks on the album.
This latest album from Blake might be the most approachable or easy to listen to because he actually for once can drop a beat on the down beat instead of leaving the listener off-kilter and confused. Still not an album to turn to if you're trying to sing along but if you're looking for something to get introspective on and really deconstruct, Blake never disappoints in this department. Check out this Vulture article that discusses the influence Blake has had on song writing, production and the music industry at large.
Release date: October 8, 2021
Similar artist(s): FINNEAS, Jamie xx, Four Tet
Top tracks: Life Is Not The Same, Coming Back, Friends That Break Your Heart