Posted in music | tour dates on February 2, 2011

by Andrew Sacher

James Blake

London dubstep producer James Blake is a classically trained pianist who studied popular music at Goldsmiths University in London. He began his music career under the moniker Harmonimix, creating remixes of pop songs. The first and only release under the Harmonimix moniker was a single in January 2010 with a remix of Destiny's Child's "Bills Bills Bills" b/w a remix of Lil Wayne's "A Millie." He spent the rest of 2010 gaining attention with the release of three EPs under his own name, and performing as the third member of Mount Kimbie's live show, which cemented him as a strong force in the dubstep scene.

His self titled debut full length drops February 7 on ATLAS/A&M in the UK. A US release date has not been announced yet, but Blake just signed to American major label Universal Republic (UPDATE: Universal will release the album digitally on February 8). The album blends the dubstep elements he experimented with on his EPs with a range of indie rock and R&B influences, and also for the first time features James Blake on lead vocals. He often includes manipulated vocal samples, but only samples of his own voice. James Blake falls somewhere between a more minimalist version of Burial fronted by the vocal layerings of Bon Iver's "Woods," while not failing to showcase his talent as a pianist. And arguably as interesting as what you hear on this album, is what you don't hear. The album's sparse passages with little to no sound leave you listening as intently as the hypnotic vocal loops.

In addition to ten original songs, James Blake also includes a cover of Feist's "Limit To Your Love." Listen to that below. A music video was also recently released for the album's second track, "The Wilhelm Scream." You can watch that video below too. He recently performed a live session for BBC Radio (after placing second in BBC's Sound of 2011) and videos of three songs are available. Below is the video for "Wilhelm Scream." On BBC's site two other videos are available; "Lindisfarne" and his Feist cover.

Blake has been confirmed for this year's SXSW lineup, currently his only confirmed US appearance, but there are plenty of upcoming chances for those in the UK to catch him - both live and as a DJ. Mount Kimbie however is playing Le Poisson Rouge on March 24th (though I assume without James?).

We'll obviously let you know if any more US JB dates are announced. Meanwhile, all currently announced dates, videos, the album's tracklist and more stuff below...

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James Blake BBC Sound of 2011

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

JAMES BLAKE - AIR & LACK THEREOF

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream on BBC

James Blake - Limit To Your Love

"James Blake" Tracklist
1. Unluck
2. The Wilhelm Scream
3. I Never Learnt to Share
4. Lindisfarne I
5. Lindisfarne II
6. Limit to Your Love
7. Give Me My Month
8. To Care (Like You)
9. Why Don't You Call Me?
10. I Mind
11. Measurements

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James Blake - 2011 Tour Dates
04/02/11 HMV NEXT BIG THING, BORDERLINE, LONDON, UK
04/02/11 CHIBUKU, LIVERPOOL, UK DJ SET
05/02/11 MASQUE, LIVERPOOL, UK DJ SET
10/02/11 ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH, LONDON, UK
10/02/11 ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH, LONDON, UK DJ SET
19/02/11 SILO, LEUVEN, BELGIUM DJ SET
23/02/11 BAND ON THE WALL, MANCHESTER, UK (AFTERNOON 3-6PM)
24/02/11 ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH, LONDON, UK
25/02/11 CAMP, LONDON, UK DJ SET
25/02/11 LIFE, BRIGHTON, UK DJ SET
26/02/11 THEKLA, BRISTOL, UK
27/02/11 NICE N SLEAZY, GLASGOW, UK
10/03/11 ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH, LONDON, UK
??/03/11 SXSW, Austin, TX, USA
24/03/11 ST PANCRAS OLD CHURCH, LONDON, UK

Destiny's Child - Bills Bills Bills (Harmonimix)

Lil Wayne - A Milli (James Blake Harmonimix)

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Mount Kimbie - 2011 Tour Dates
MAR 4 The Bakery Perth, Western Au, AUSTRALIA
MAR 5 Roxanne Parlour Melbourne, AU
MAR 9 Good God Sydney, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
MAR 12 Golden Plains Festival Meredith, VIC, AUSTRALIA
MAR 11 Bar Soma Brisbane - Australia, US
MAR 24 Le Poisson Rouge - Brooklyn, NY, US
APR 28 Heaven London, x, UNITED KINGDOM

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Comments (56)

He sure can move his head fast

Posted by kanyea best | February 2, 2011 3:32 PM

What was the point of this post?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 3:38 PM

I don't know what your point was myself.

Posted by kanyea best | February 2, 2011 3:39 PM

JaMEHs Blake

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 3:40 PM

the point of this post was to show that you can make bank off of your own smelly turds, like james blake!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 3:41 PM

True, that's why his full length is dropping.

Posted by kanyea best | February 2, 2011 3:43 PM

Oh shit!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 3:43 PM

album of the year

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 3:44 PM

i whistled, then i farted, then some white noise and i quickly yelped. am i james blake yet?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 3:47 PM

The point of the post is to test dubstep in the hipster market. There I solved the riddle.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 3:55 PM

is this the tennis player?

Posted by me | February 2, 2011 3:56 PM

why all the praise? album's no good, probably just tryin to get in his pants

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 4:04 PM

weeeeiiirdd post

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 4:10 PM

nice career move. his tennis play has down down pretty steadily this past year. wonder if he has a song dedicated to pam shriver?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 4:17 PM

This album is great... For sure going to be the BEST ALBUM of Feb. 7

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 4:20 PM

3:56 glad you made that joke since NO ONE has yet

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 4:23 PM

JAMES BLAKE AND MOUNT KIMBIE ARE NOT DUBSTEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 4:29 PM

I am confused, are we being introduced to new music not touring around the New York area?

What's happening here??? Help!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 4:59 PM

this dude SUX.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 5:14 PM

Can someone please explain to me what constitutes dubstep? I can't hear any similarity between this guy and that Rusko dude you guys posted about earlier. Is it just electronic music that's hard to dance to? Anyway, this guys got more hype surrounding him than the Strokes circa 2001. His PR team must've sucked all you music blogs off or something. Seriously, how much are you getting paid BV? Can anyone guess the Pitchfork score this album will get? 8.5? 9.2? Fuck dubstep. I'm out. Peace.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 5:16 PM

@5:16

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Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 5:25 PM

James Beiber?

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 5:26 PM

Mount Kimbie is playing at LPR on March 24th as well.

Posted by Roland | February 2, 2011 5:28 PM

Mount kimbo slice(and he'll beat you off)

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 5:38 PM

Excellent record

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 5:43 PM

Windish bought this.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 6:06 PM

Signing to Uni Republic is probably the worst move he could've made for a US release. They sign freaking cover bands

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 6:15 PM

4:29 knows what's up, try again BV

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 6:27 PM

try again, stupid guy, if you thnink im goign to scroll up to that time and see whatever stupid thing you just agreed to in a stupid and obnoxious way

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 6:30 PM

Sorry, just not getting the hype over this guy and this album. Listened to the album twice a few weeks ago and it just put me to sleep. Listened to it again tonight and it still sounds anaemic and quite frankly dull for a lot of it with some piss poor lyrics thrown in for jokes. All this 'Post-Dubstep' that's becoming popular just seems like music for white nerds who can't dance or are too scared to venture out to a proper nightclub. Geoff Barrow got it right with the pub singer description.

*Waits for the 9.0+ score by Pitchfork and the inevitable Mercury Music Prize win*

Posted by Frank Bruno | February 2, 2011 6:45 PM

if the tried listening to the album and it's not your thing, that's cool. but it seems pretty clear that some of the less tasteful commenters here have a gaping blind spot in their ability to appreciate music outside of a very narrow spectrum of genres

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 7:53 PM

the musical equivalent of ironic facial hair, deep V t's and over-sized glasses? count me in!

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 8:10 PM

this is weird...
like of course how everyone'd respond. Guy's talented, hype or not, i'm behind him.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 8:17 PM

the singles were brilliant. album not so much. however, the force is still certainly strong with this one.

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 9:59 PM

post dubstep is bigger than this retro surf rock shit fad

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 10:12 PM

David Bowie

Posted by Anonymous | February 2, 2011 11:23 PM

everyone who reads this blog already knows who james blake is. this post is pointless.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 12:21 AM

21st Century Schizoid Man

Posted by anon | February 3, 2011 1:50 AM

This pseudo-experimental anglo-soul hype bullshit needs to die right now before it even starts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 3:30 AM

This pseudo-experimental anglo-soul hype bullshit needs to die right now before it even starts.

THIS.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 8:06 AM

This article was obviously written without proper research. James Blake is confirmed to play Unsound Festival New York, and has been since last October.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 9:30 AM

"This article was obviously written without proper research. James Blake is confirmed to play Unsound Festival New York, and has been since last October."

NOT TRUE. "last October" the Unsound NYC dates were announced, and in the same press release it mentioned the lineup of the 2010 Poland Unsound which James Blake played.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 10:04 AM

I've only listened to the CYMK Ep so I don't know the deal with him.

But I really liked that EP.

I'm also a Burial fan so I have a soft spot for sped up female voices with massive amounts of reverb and delay.

Looking forward to checking this out.

Posted by Burg | February 3, 2011 10:05 AM

Checking this out right now actually ... not a fan of the vocals. Uggghh ...every track has vocals.

Damn.

Don't like it mang. No longer looking forward to this.

Posted by Burg | February 3, 2011 10:18 AM

Soon enough Dubstep will join the ranks of genres such as "speed-garage" and "2-step".

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 12:07 PM

wasnt a huge fans of the much-hyped ep's when I heard them but this lp is the REAL DEAL. amazing stuff from a talented young artist

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 12:34 PM

terrible, terrible record.

Posted by Anonymous | February 3, 2011 3:36 PM

Hey Rick, it's Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Astley. Remember that mediocre, generic sound you were looking for? Well, listen to this!

Posted by alicia | February 3, 2011 6:37 PM

I take a drink for every funny comment I see here.

So far, I'm sober.

Posted by the wilhelm scream | February 3, 2011 11:55 PM

I take a shot of hummus everytime I read a comment on BV.


I'm so full

Posted by Anonymous | February 4, 2011 8:38 AM

Somebody ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ is jealous.

Posted by bobo | February 7, 2011 11:23 PM

almost as bad as Big Troubles

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:44 PM

THIS IS NOT A BLOG. THIS IS AN ARM.

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 1:54 PM

JAMES BLAKE IS THIS YEAR'S JOHN GRANT

Posted by Anonymous | February 9, 2011 7:01 PM

dude should like remixes, they would make his songs way more interesting

Posted by Anonymous | March 4, 2011 2:33 AM

Haters gonna hate.

Posted by Anonymous | April 9, 2011 7:30 PM

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