Fans of James Blake — let’s be honest, that should be all of you — will be pleased to hear that today we get to listen to not just one, but two new tracks off of his upcoming sophomore LP, Overgrown. Cue excitement.
The first new track is “Digital Lion,” a collaboration with esteemed English ambient-electronic producer Brian Eno. Blake and Eno working together is a match made in electronic heaven, and this track only drives the point home. “Digital Lion” beautifully combines the soul-crushing, duplicated vocals of Blake with Eno’s ominous production fingerprint. The end result is one of Blake’s best tracks yet and already one of Overgrown‘s highlights.
The second new track is “Voyeur,” albeit a “dub” version, meaning it will probably sound a bit different on the record. The six-minute track starts out very much like “The Wilhelm Scream” or “I Never Learnt To Share”; Blake repeats one vocal section, torturing it through endless reverb until its ingrained in the listener’s mind. A couple minutes into the song, however, it transforms into a UK club banger, perhaps indicative of a side of Blake we have yet to see. Filled with frightening synth blasts, a dizzying keyboard riff and a cowbell for good measure, “Voyeur” is definitely a change of pace, but one that lets us know he’s willing to experiment. When it comes to James Blake, that’s saying a lot.
James Blake’s Overgrown will drop April 8th via Altas/Republic Records.
STREAM: James Blake – “Digital Lion (ft. Brian Eno)”
STREAM: James Blake – “Voyeur (Dub)”