127: James Blake – Modern Soul

“I should probably just say this record is coming out in a few hours.”

James Blake had been in the studio with Annie Mac for over 9 minutes, including a playthrough of ‘Radio Silence,’ before what I expect to be a frustrated glare from a Polydor employee in the corner of the studio prompted him to share the important news in a manner so nonchalant even Annie had to seek clarification. The Colour In Anything, illustrated by non-relative Quentin, features a second collaboration between Blake and Bon Iver (‘I Need A Forest Fire’) and clocks in around twice as long as 2013’s Mercury Prize-winning Overgrown and worn-out CD of mine James Blake put together. Its first snippet, ‘Modern Soul,’ is a beautiful, crackly piano ballad first played on his own Radio 1 show back in February.

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