James Blake

2nd place for Blake

James Blake has been announced in 2nd place for the Sound of 2011.

London producer James Blake sails into Sound Of 2011's 2nd spot at the forefront of the emerging post-dubstep sub genre of UK club music. The Deptford based artist started singing and studying piano at the age of six, a tutorage which eventually led to Blake's attendance of Goldsmiths University to study Popular Music. Early listening came in the form of his parent's classical and jazz collections, in addition to US Soul and R 'n' B from the likes of Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Sly & The Family Stone. Blake's love of electronic music came much later when the artist discovered dubstep duo Digital Mystikz a few months prior to his Goldsmiths enrolment.

Club nights at the University followed, before an appearance on Rinse FM's new producer segment saw Blake signed to fellow dubstep producer Untold's label Hemlock. James released his first twelve inch Air and Lack Thereof on the label, while creating blog buzz with remixes of tracks by Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Destiny's Child under his alter ego Harmonimix. Soon after the producer joined Mount Kimbie as the third member of their live show.

Blake claims he was influenced to add more of his own vocal to his work by Joni Mitchell's Blue and Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago, and this style has become increasingly evident in subsequent releases on respected Belgian label R&S. Recent single, a cover of Feist's Limit To Your Love, would seem to be his most refined to date. This was singled out by Radio 1's Zane Lowe in his "Hottest Record in the World" segment, which only adds to growing anticipation for the producer's self-titled debut, set for release on Atlas/A&M in early February.

Articles and Features More on this artist

  • BBC Sound of 2011: James Blake

    Read the full article 06/01/11

    "This year's runner-up is singer-songwriter James Blake, a classically-trained pianist who has made his name in the dubstep scene..."

  • Telegraph - New Faces - James Blake

    Read the full article 30/06/10

    "The 22 year old singer and dubstep producer is a music student who has turned heads in the dance world and beyond with his new EP CMYK..."

  • Fact Magazine - New talent: James Blake

    Read the full article 25/11/09

    "For the best part of the year James Blake has been on the lips of half of London’s underground music scene..."

  • Pitchfork Rising - James Blake

    Read the full article 02/04/10

    "Twenty-one-year-old Londoner James Blake makes dubstep music, but he's not your typical dank, dark dubstep dude..."

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Limit To Your Love
6 Music | Cerys on 6 Peter Wolf Crier
I Only Know (What I Know Now)
Radio 1 | Benji B 02/12/2010
Radio 1 | Reggie Yates The Request Show

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04 August 2012
The Stiff Kitten, Belfast, UK
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1/Limit to Your Love
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2/The Wilhelm Scream
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4/I Never Learnt to Share
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5/Give Me My Month
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