James Blake

James Blake explains stories behind the high-profile collaborations on his new album

Electro-soul wunderkind James Blake returned earlier this month with The Colour in Anything, his third album and first since 2013’s Overgrown. Clocking in at a daunting 76 minutes, it’s the length of Blake’s first two LPs combined — but Blake says he wouldn’t cut any of its 17 songs.

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James Blake's The Colour in Anything: EW Review

On “Modern Soul,” the 15th track of James Blake’s wonderful new album, the electro-pop producer and multi-instrumentalist weaves a plucky piano melody, echo-drenched electronic beat, and chilly atmospherics into an almost six-minute groove that glides as slowly as an arctic floe. The melancholy vibe perfectly captures Blake’s headspace. He’s feeling caught in that all-too-familiar purgatory of a deteriorating relationship and not quite sure what to do about it. “I want it to be over,” he croons, his unmistakable voice dive-bombing from falsetto to baritone and back again.

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Watch James Blake and Bon Iver's art-filled 'I Need A Forest Fire' video

Four days after surprise releasing his excellent third LP, The Colour in Anything, James Blake has shared the video for his Bon Iver-assisted track, “I Need A Forest Fire.”

Building upon the song’s dark but beautiful expanse, the video features a variety of shadowy, abstract art. A spotlight swirls around a paper mache-looking face, a single rose goes up in flames, and a flock of birds fly across a blazing sun. Blake appears in faint flashes throughout the clips’s duration.

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Stream James Blake's new album The Colour in Anything

Wait no more for James Blake’s new album: The Colour in Anything is here.

The English musician’s third LP dropped Thursday afternoon on Spotify, hours ahead of its official release Friday. Blake himself confirmed the album’s name with a mural in Brooklyn this week, as well as its release date Thursday morning during an appearance on Annie Mac’s BBC 1 Radio show.

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James Blake wins U.K.'s Mercury music prize


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Classically trained musician James Blake has won this year’s Mercury Prize, Britain’s eclectic music award.

Blake beat nominees including the band Arctic Monkeys, a previous winner, and rock icon David Bowie to the 20,000 pound ($32,000) prize with his second album, “Overgrown.”

A total of 12 acts were nominated for this year’s award, which is open to acts from Britain and Ireland.

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