James Blake is an English electronic music producer and singer-songwriter from London. Blake was the runner-up in the BBC’s Sound of 2011.
Teenage Blake attended jungle, drum and bass, garage and dubstep clubs while studying music at Goldsmiths University. He began DJing and his initial releases (under Harmonimix) were rooted in the then-nascent British bass music scene.
However, Blake has classically matured since his dubstep years and whilst some criticise his move away from this genre, he still has a huge fan base, leading to a great deal of hype ahead of his debut album.
The first line from his track ‘Retrograde’ aptly states ‘You’re on your own, in a world you’ve grown’, and nothing can be more true to Blake’s musical journey to where he is today.
Watch the mesmerising video for ‘Retrograde’ below:
Blake’s second album, ‘Overgrown’ is released on Polydor Records on 5 April 2013.
Sounds like: Jamie Woon, Jamie XX, The Weeknd, SOHN