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One can try and define James Blake's sound, but they'll most will likely fail. Is it gospel dubstep? Electro Bon Iver? Whatever genre you think it falls into (or doesn’t,) James Blake's first self-titled, album was something truly unique and new to our ears. Not easily described, but thoroughly easy to get lost in, we couldn’t wait to hear what would make for his follow up record, Overgrown which dropped this week.
The title track and intro to the record, Overgrown is one step closer to getting to know James. At 23, we can’t believe how soulful in voice, and poetic in sound this kid is. His electronic gospel-folk highlighted by the piano and dub step beats make it hard to compare what or who specifically influences his sound. Overgrown begins with tracks very reminiscent of his debut album, and slowly evolves into a newer, more revised, dare we say mature - James. With tracks like “Take A Fall For Me,” featuring the sounds of hip-hop legend RZA, mixing in heavy beats with piano keys and robot vocals, James delivers another asset to the album, his ability to collaborate with artists of other genres. This is perhaps his most surprising song of the entire album. The record is solid and James is a creative genius. You can expect the same boundary pushing, genre shattering, and simply gorgeous stuff that made up his first album.