|

Click here to expand and collapse the player

James Blake

Rate It! Avg: 4.0 (335 ratings)
Retail
Member
James Blake album cover
01
Unluck
3:00
$0.49
$0.99
02
The Wilhelm Scream
4:34
$0.49
$0.99
03
I Never Learnt To Share
4:52
$0.49
$0.99
04
Lindisfarne I
2:42
$0.49
$0.99
05
Lindisfarne II
2:59
$0.49
$0.99
06
Limit To Your Love
4:37
$0.49
$0.99
07
Give Me My Month
1:54
$0.49
$0.99
08
To Care (Like You)
3:53
$0.49
$0.99
09
Why Don't You Call Me
1:33
$0.49
$0.99
10
I Mind
3:31
$0.49
$0.99
11
Measurements
4:20
$0.49
$0.99
Album Information
EDITOR'S PICK

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 37:55

Find a problem with a track? Let us know.

Wondering Sound

Review 0

Avatar Image
Ilya Zinger

Contributor

02.09.11
Laments delivered via slow croon and carefully-mapped piano stabs
2011 | Label: Universal Records

Young, talented and unabashedly experimental, James Blake is in an enviable position these days. In a little more than a year, while still attending University, Blake's become the go-to guy for consistently mind-expanding dubstep production — especially the absence of new material from Burial and Hyperdub's output reduced to a slow churn. In 2010, Blake's two EPs, CMYK and Klavierwerke, were brash attempts at exploring the relatively young sub-genre: manipulating an … read more »

Write a Review 16 Member Reviews

Please register before you review a release. Register

user avatar

This is crap !

longislandhasher1

Soulful ? Hip Hop ? Try Flying Lotus or Raphael Saadiq. I don't get it - this is hyped up junk. I made a better abum than this when my friend and I covered "Wish You Were Here" in his basement using a washing machine and other assorted devices. You want fresh and new - try Tune-Yards.

user avatar

Ugh, auto-tune hell

picklepete

Some decent beats & melodies, but the auto-tune vocals are awful.

user avatar

Emusic loses another great label in R&S

EMUSIC-00E2E520

Anyone else notice that all the R&S releases disappeared (including the stunning James Blake Klavierwerke single)? Drag drag drag.

user avatar

Reign of the Leaky Faucet

llamaman228

Great album! It may be minimal but its filled with soul. All of the songs consist of a keyboard whether electronic or natural, leaky faucet/water drip drums (meaning they are very minimal and somehow remind me of water dripping from a leaky faucet), and BASS. Most of the times it's PHAT bass worthy of a ghetto drive-by that is if you don't want to be stealthy. In some songs it almost approaches dubstep status at the end of "I Never Learnt to Share" and "Limit to Your Love" two really great songs. But don't worry folks this is far from a dubstep album, mainly it seems to have soul and hip-hop at its roots and some minimal electronic holding it all together. The vocals on this album are paired perfectly with the instrumentals which I think would be pointless without the vocals due to their minimal nature. I think Blake seems far from bored. Opposingly, I think he is fully engaged in his songs on this album. The Lyrics are nothing special but his vocal variations/experimentations are grea

user avatar

Why vocals?

Muse8

The vocals are a distraction here. Prefer the earlier abstract instruments of Blake. He sounds bored here...

user avatar

James Blake

Cedrick4949

He's fantastic. In a time when everybody sounds the same. Heres a guy whose sound is different then anything you will ever hear. Who would think the English knew anything about Bass. He has a original voice, and true talent. At a time when most of what you hear on the radio is talentless. If you like real music, you'll love James Blake.

user avatar

Genius Genre Blend

cbradley81

James Blake's self-titled full-length debut is pure genius. Or, if not genius, worth your time and attention. This record is similar to what Portishead and Massive Attack have done blending trip hop and vocal/traditional songwriting elements. Blake has successfully blended soul/R&B with electronica elements (primarily dubstep). It's wrong to say this record is *not* electronica. It is. But it's a Portishead or Massive Attack kind of electronica. For that reason alone, it's worth listening to. I am going to keep my eye on James Blake. I can't wait for his next effort.

user avatar

Enjoyed

eJDL

This is a step removed from Burial, wisely avoiding pigeon holed comparisons, and in my opinion demonstrates dub step as a genre has room for more than one good idea. Worth listening to for his affecting vocals. Nice.

user avatar

?What?!

roku1r

Speechless speechless. Future future.Timeless timeless.

user avatar

skip the beat?!?

lexpoot

Awesome. Sometimes a bit like Antony but in general unique. Standout is limit to your love.

Recommended Albums

eMusic Features

0

Why Dance Music is Bigger than Ever

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

In 2010, the unthinkable occurred. I was 35, and I had never been so excited about electronic dance music. That's not usually how it works - dance music's turnover rate often leads to early burnout even among diehards, and particularly among diehards over 30. But throughout the past half-decade, dance music has been both cutting-edge and conscious of its own legacy; an irresistible combination for anyone who wants to have a good time first and… more »

0

What We’re Listening To: February 2011

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

This month, we're doing something different and special with our staff picks hub: We've opened it up to members. Now, alongside our regular round-up of in-house faves, you'll get to see what other eMusic members are listening to, too. This means more great music, coming from more great sources. Would you like to submit your picks to the hub? Just drop a line to 17dots@emusic.com, and we'll get you in the schedule. Below, you'll find… more »

They Say All Music Guide

During 2009 and 2010, James Blake issued a clutch of abstract dubstep singles on Hemlock, Hessle Audio, and R&S. Each release increased anticipation for the producer’s next move as he continually shuffled the deck on his bristly, off-center, and generally groove-less tracks, some of which incorporated vocals — he sampled Kelis and Aaliyah on “CMYK,” for instance — or his own voice, heavily processed. The Klavierwerke EP, the last in the series, was the most stripped down of the bunch. The day after it was released, Blake uploaded a video for his dramatic cover version of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love,” which indicated that the focus on his voice and sparse backing would continue. Consisting of Blake’s pensive vocal, a simple but affecting piano, and recurring beat weighed down by sub-bass, it’s one of the most straightforward tracks on Blake’s brief debut album. The following “Give Me My Month” deviates most from Blake’s vinyl output; it’s a wistful piano-and-voice ballad that has far more in common with Procol Harum than any given contemporary linked to Blake. The rest of the tracks are more like exercises in sound manipulation and reduction than songs. The approach is no fault, but Blake pares it down to such an extent that the material occasionally sounds not just tentative but feeble, fatigued, even, as on “I Never Learnt to Share,” where one creaky line is repeated and treated throughout, placed over swelling synthesizer frequencies and a stamping beat. “The Wilhelm Scream,” one of the album’s highlights, is far more effective, a ballad with a pulse that increases in intensity with skillfully deployed reverb and surging waves of soft noise. – Andy Kellman

more »