James Blake

Label
universal records
Release date
8 Feb 2011
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
37:53

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Unluck 3:00 229,879
2 The Wilhelm Scream 4:34 293,548
3 I Never Learnt to Share 4:52 204,202
4 Lindisfarne I 2:42 185,412
5 Lindisfarne II 2:58 183,344
6 Limit to Your Love 4:37 329,921
7 Give Me My Month 1:53 185,350
8 To Care (Like You) 3:53 176,831
9 Why Don't You Call Me 1:33 174,642
10 I Mind 3:31 171,245
11 Measurements 4:20 161,937

About this album

The past couple of years have seen creative explosions and new generations coming through in both dance floor electronics and heartfelt, introspective singer-songwriting, but self evidently they have remained mutually exclusive genre islands. Until now. With a uniquely emotional electronic production style every bit as deeply personal and impassioned as his voice or songwriting, James Blake is sketching out his own totally unique place in the musical universe.

Although loosely tethered to the cutting edge of contemporary electronics, James’s songs possess uncommon grace and soulfulness. Whether intended for the dance floor or, like new single ‘Limit to Your Love’, destined to melt hearts and prick ears, his music is characterized by a playful and arresting honesty, a human touch that, despite his status as a hugely in-demand DJ, naturally aligns him with contemporary artists such as Bon Iver or Laura Marling or the xx.

Yet more than this, it is the shock of the new in James’s music that’s causing real commotion: the sounds, that voice, the silence, the rhythm (or lack of it), the waiting, the tension. You have to know the rules in order to break them with such conviction, and by daring to be different, James stands head and shoulders above his peers. No doubt, you’ll remember where you were when you heard tracks like ‘Limit to Your Love’ or ‘I Never Learnt to Share’ for the first time.

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  • mordwyr

    So good! His set at Glastonbury was amazing, too.

    2 Jun 12:48pm Reply
  • TheShibster

    Measurements has really humbled me, this album will always have a special meaning to me. So amazing..

    4 Apr 1:10am Reply
  • Makhiam

    I actually legitimately feel sorry for people who can't love this album

    14 Mar 10:57am Reply
  • dubstep-hoedown

    Sweet Jesus, this album is fucking fucking fucking good

    20 Feb 8:42am Reply
  • strfker

    his best album

    27 Jan 8:44pm Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    This album just fucking killed me when I listened to it on vinyl. Holy fuck those bass drops.

    17 Jan 3:10pm Reply
  • EricValeev

    The Wilhelm Scream ♥

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tune32

    saiko!

    10 Oct 2013 Reply
  • neemahbee

    "Pinnacle of human achievement." DUMBEST ass comment ever [2] That's what makes it a great comment.

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • Drew079

    "Pinnacle of human achievement. " DUMBEST ass comment ever

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Noxatron

    Better than Retrograde. And Retrograde is very, very good.

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • supatanman420

    "Awesome album, awful production." what the fuck

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Stillblade

    "dunno why everyone is recommending weed with this album. whiskey is clearly what you should be imbibing while listening to this, alone, crying in auto-tune." [2] fuck yeah.

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • OxyCyrus

    Exactly what I had planned on shouting. This album went from being boring to being really special to me.

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • OxyCyrus

    Better with each listen. [2]

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Adrian347

    dunno why everyone is recommending weed with this album. whiskey is clearly what you should be imbibing while listening to this, alone, crying in auto-tune.

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • owlsounds

    Pinnacle of human achievement.

    29 Oct 2012 Reply
  • DavidM_

    Better with each listen.

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Really good album.

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • triangletrust44

    this album is a real grower, i had to listen to this a few times and smoke a little but when it hits you, it hits you hard. haha and every song just gets better and better, pure brilliance and so pure.

    31 Jul 2012 Reply
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