You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted this Jamie xx Boiler Room mix. It was a great mix but this fuckin party host keeps interrupting the damn thing to drop shout-outs and spit other useless words into the mic.
Well, James Blake recently hit the Boiler Room and the mix is sick. It’s way darker than I expected but once again this fuckin guy steps on nearly every song. I can’t figure out what the format of Boiler Room is because this time he forces Blake to pull the needle on a couple of the tracks he is getting into.
I can’t find a tracklist online, if you’ve got one post it. He finishes things off with some smoothed out D’Angelo…
So, in case you’ve been in an avalanche in the past week you probably know that James Blake’s debut album, James Blake, has leaked (btw, side-note, do you italicize an album or underline? or are both acceptable? Or is it quotes?). I was thinking back to early leaks of yore and realized that Beach House’s Teen Dream leaked in late 2009 and back in 2008 I remember Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavillion” leaking on Christmas Day. So while this may be just some ‘thing’ and honestly I am not that into Teen Dream as it is but I can’t help but feel like the best album of 2011 leaked this week. And it is a goddamn work of beauty. Nobody has made this album or anything like it. The most comparable artist to Blake is Miles Davis. Davis knew when to let the space seep in. When to hit you with the right note and when to let it scream. Blake has a similar perspective and executes it with a marksman’s aptitude.
Here is a crappy live version but it’s all I can share for now. You know where to look.
I marked the album version of this song with 5 stars right after my first listen. For all of 2010 I have just 8 songs with 5 stars. This one is special.
This mix for Mary Anne Hobbs dates back to October 2009 but today was the first I had heard of it. AND IT IS GODDAMN GORGEOUS. I didn’t know that James was part of Mount Kimbie’s live show until Mary Anne mentioned it here either. Anyhow, more great music for the soul (if I believed in that sort of thing).
Airhead & James Blake - BBC Radio1 Mix
1. Airhead & James Blake – Pembroke
2. Airhead – Paper Street
3. Airhead – Walden
4. James Blake – Polite Promise
5. Airhead – Broadhaven
James Blake has been on a mad tear this year. Releasing 3 EP’s, all of which are good –2 of which are GREAT– it is exciting to see someone with such innovative music that is both challenging and totally satisfying just drop out of the sky.