Mercury Prize winner 2013: James Blake

31/10/13

James Blake

The artist

James Blake is a electronic musician who first came to our attention with his cover of the Feist track Limit To Your Love.

He was second on the BBC Sound of 2010 list, behind Jessie J who took the top spot on the poll of artists to look out for in the coming year.

It is the second time Blake has been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

He also made the list for his self-titled debut album in 2011 but lost to PJ Harvey.

Blake was nominated for a number of awards for the record, including an Ivor Novello for songwriting and the Brit for Best British Male.

The album

Overgrown was released in February this year and made it to number eight in the Official UK Chart.

He says it was inspired by a transatlantic relationship and all its trials and tribulations.

The success of his debut album meant he met and collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno, Kanye West and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver.

Brian Eno was particularly honest, possibly brutal about a certain chord, which James Blake refuses to identify.

"I see what he means to be honest," James Blake said.

"It's the kind of chord you would only play if you are the type of pianist who knows some of these chords but doesn't need to use it.

"It was kind of a joke, but it kind of wasn't as well, I know what he means."

James Blake

What the judges say

"James Blake I think is a really gifted artist," head of the judging panel, Simon Frith told Newsbeat.

"You can hear the first album in this album, but it seems to me to have moved on and emotionally to be a very affecting record.

"The thing people tend to forget is he has the most amazing emotional voice," he continued.

"If you are going to make music about late night sadness, late night loneliness, in the contemporary age this is the music."

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