Wednesday, 10 November 2010

new single reviews...

James Blake
Limit To Your Love

At first glance this cover of the Feist 2007 track seems a little understated and uninspired although upon repeat listens it seems to take on a life of its own with its stark production and slow build up that always backs down before over spilling into cheesiness or cliché. James Blake has a fair voice although as I haven't seen any live performances of yet I can't really judge how its soft fey tenor will hold up with a live band. A nice example of studio restraint in a genre of music that praises over indulgence and 'more is more'. Blake comes from both the dub-step world as well as that of Joni Mitchell and slow melodic soul singers and with the subtle syncopated piano chords, steady metronome like drum machine and subtle treatment of his voice he creates something original and interesting.

With his album on the way to follow previous efforts like the hailed “CMYK” James Blake will find himself being pulled from the underground to the mainstream sooner rather than later with Radio DJ's such as Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley and Annie Mac already adding him to their play-lists with the former Lowe presenting this track as his “Hottest Record In The World” on September 29th. Expect good things.

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