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James Blake

Playing Robots Into Heaven

    Playing Robots Into Heaven follows the critically acclaimed Friends That Break Your Heart and will see James return to the electronic roots of his Hessle, Hemlock and R&S Records days.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: A beautiful juxtaposition of the smooth post-dubstep bread & butter of musical polymath James Blake, and a wonderfully implemented selection of jagged modular synth lines and tense, rich atmospheric drones. For me, the perfect combination of his already established sound and a more exploratory instrumental direction. Stunning.

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    1. Asking To Break
    2. Loading
    3. Tell Me
    4. Fall Back
    5. He’s Been Wonderful
    6. Big Hammer
    7. I Want You To Know
    8. Night Sky
    9. Fire The Editor
    10. If You Can Hear Me
    11. Playing Robots Into Heaven

    Mercury Music Prize and GRAMMY®Award winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake drops his first album in two years, "Friends That Break Your Heart". His tear-jerkingly poignant, auto-tuned & self-produced style has become a symbol of greatness across the UK scene, and his deeply personal songwriting and lyrical prowess shine through every release.

    Adding a shimmering patina and haunting presence to soul and pop music's existing framework, James Blake is widely celebrated as a visionary and pioneering UK artist. "Friends That Break Your Heart" sees him emerging into the New Normal with plenty to say, with that familiar, rain-soaked melancholy and sentiment here to ease you through your next heartbreak or internal crisis. Blake makes the sadness more palatable but underlying it all is a sense of overcoming your insecurities & demons, and bettering yourself for times in which we live. It’s a positive message that holds it all together.




    STAFF COMMENTS

    Barry says: James Blake has carved out a unique niche of mournful post-dubstep, moving from strength and landing on this, possibly his most emotionally raw outing yet. There are melodies here shrouded in the usual trundling electronics and loungey jazz-indebted ambience, topped with Blakes athletic vocal takes, sometimes simply unadorned and in other instances, stretched with Blake's trademark autotune.

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    CD Tracklist:
    1. Famous Last Words
    2. Life Is Not The Same
    3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
    4. Funeral
    5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
    6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine
    7. Foot Forward
    8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
    9. Say What You Will
    10. Lost Angel Nights
    11. Friends That Break Your Heart
    12. If I’m Insecure

    LP Tracklist:
    Side A
    1. Famous Last Words
    2. Life Is Not The Same
    3. Coming Back (feat. SZA)
    4. Funeral
    5. Frozen (feat. JID & SwaVay)
    6. I’m So Blessed You’re Mine

    Side B
    7. Foot Forward
    8. Show Me (feat. Monica Martin)
    9. Say What You Will
    10. Lost Angel Nights
    11. Friends That Break Your Heart
    12. If I’m Insecure

    James Blake

    James Blake

      The past couple of years have seen creative explosions and new generations coming through in both dancefloor electronics and heartfelt, introspective singer-songwriting, but self evidently they’ve 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 place in the musical universe.

      When a teenage James first visited the pivotal London dubstep night FWD>> in 2007, he’d already been to drum ’n’ bass nights with schoolfriends, but the music and atmosphere there were unlike anything he’d experienced. This was what James had been waiting for – he just hadn’t realised. This midnight epiphany in Plastic People’s Shoreditch cellar led, in a few short years, to the James Blake of 2010, a surefooted 22-year-old composer whose extraordinary tracks are not so much breaking down existing musical barriers as leaping over them and creating an entirely new kind of pop that belies its author’s tender age.

      Although loosely tethered to the cutting edge of contemporary electronics, James’s songs possess uncommon grace and soulfulness. Whether intended for the FWD>> dancefloor or, like new single "Limit to Your Love", destined to melt hearts and prick ears, his music is characterised 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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      CD Tracklisting:
      1. Unluck
      2. Wilhelms Scream
      3. I Never Learnt To Share
      4. Lindesfarne I
      5. Lindesfarne II
      6. Limit To Your Love
      7. Give Me My Month
      8. To Care (Like You)
      9. Why Don’t You Call Me
      10. I Mind
      11. Measurements

      LP Tracklisting:
      Side 1
      1. Tep And The Logic
      2. Unluck
      3. The Wilhelm Scream
      Side 2
      1. I Never Learnt To Share
      2. Lindisfarne I
      3. Lindisfarne II
      Side 3
      1. Limit To Your Love
      2. Give Me My Month
      3. To Care (Like You)
      Side 4
      1. Why Don't You Call Me?
      2. Blake I Mind
      3. Blake Measurements
      4. Blake You Know Your Youth


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