James Blake: Overgrown

Two years after his self-titled debut album took U.K. bass culture down previously unimagined roads of introspection, James Blake returns with the epic Overgrown, an incredible album that sees James growing as a singer and songwriter while at the same time returning to the brain melting electronic perfection of his early releases on Hemlock and Hessle, moving way beyond any post-dubstep pigeonholes to include stunning reinterpretations of both hip-hop and house music.

In retrospect James Blake can now be viewed as another stepping stone on Blake's musical evolutionary journey which started with Air & Lack Thereof back in 2009. Always travelling a different path to his peers, James is as much a singer-songwriter as he is a bass music producer. On Overgrown his latest transitional shift has been made, the layers stripped back to reveal a selection of stark, beautiful and emotive songs, all with James' heart-wrenching vocals at their center, set in a simple framework of subtle electronic sounds and beats.

The title track "Overgrown" sets the scene, offering a Nick Drake-style ballad reborn as a spiritually uplifting electronic soul masterpiece. "I Am Sold" recalls the sparse beatbox melancholia of Portishead, while "Life Round Here" also has a certain Bristolian downbeat feel, opening with almost baroque-like keyboard motifs and rimshots and slowly building with electronic noise. RZA adds a rap to "Take A Fall For Me," a bold fusion of hip hop beats and folktronica. "Retrograde" has been used as the album's teaser track, and you can see why; an amazing song in the style of "Limit To Your Love," with a dense cascade of pitch-shifting synths. The piano / vocal piece "DLM" sees Blake dispensing with the electronic production altogether, an interlude before the dull heartbeat thud, scattering snares and rave airhorns of "Digital Lion" (think Portishead's "Machine Gun"). The differing opening dynamics of "Voyeur" — part love song, part sub bass rumble — evolve into a proper dancefloor track with 4/4 beats, cowbells and synth drones. Set against a ticking rhythm and mechanical scrape, Blake's vocal soars skyward on the beautiful "To The Last," while the album closes with "Our Love Comes Back," a devastatingly simple ending.

Source: Acoustic Sounds


A1 Overgrown 5:01
A2 I Am Sold 4:04
B1 Life Round Here 3:37
B2 Take A Fall For Me 3:34
B3 Retrograde 3:44
C1 Digital Lion 4:47
C2 DLM 2:26
D1 Voyeur 4:18
D2 To The Last 4:20
D3 Our Love Comes Back 3:39


SKU 602537324736
Barcode # 602537324736
Brand Electronic

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