James Blake

After teaming up with Jay Rock on “King’s Dead” earlier this month, James Blake has released his first new solo material since 2016’s The Colour In Anything. Blake’s characteristic warble is increasingly warped on “If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead,” a tripped-out maxim of sulky reassurance: “If the car beside you moves ahead / As much as it feels as though you’re dead / You’re not going backwards.” While the lyrics seem to suggest that feeling left behind (or left for dead) may just be a matter of perspective, its chopped-up production is a reminder that it’s a vertiginous perspective nonetheless.