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James Blake starts debut follow-up

London electronic singer and beat-maker considers a live drummer on the next album

  • 21/09/2011
  • Georgie Rogers
James Blake

After a hugely successful year following the release of his self-titled debut which picked up a Mercury Prize nomination, James Blake is now turning his thoughts to a follow-up.

He has already released a collaboration with Bon Iver, Fall Creek Boys Choir and written a new EP, Enough Thunder, which is out on 10 October.

It will feature the Bon Iver track plus a cover of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You.

Speaking about his first meeting with the frontman of US band Bon Iver, Blake said: "Justin [Vernon] was a massive influence on me, not just in terms of the music but in what they were doing as a minimal record.

"I met him at SXSW and we got chatting and turned out he was a fan of me as well and for quite a while I couldn't actually believe that, but it's true apparently."

"When I come off tour, I want to keep the musical conversation up with the band and just try and maybe replace the drum machine with someone who's just an incredible drummer."

James Blake

For his next offering, he is also thinking about refreshing the way he makes music.

He explained: "When I come off tour, I want to keep the musical conversation up with the band and just try and maybe replace the drum machine with someone who's just an incredible drummer and still have the electronicness going on but I don't know.

"I'm just brainstorming. There's loads of things I know I could do that would switch up my current process and that's what I need to do."

Adding: "I feel like I've slightly exhausted, not the possibilities, but the inspiration that I get from sitting in front of a computer screen and trying to piece music together."

Listen to James Blake talking us through the EP, his next album and working with Bon Iver.

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