James Blake has made a career out of taking a song and turning it into something new and different. His style is a mix of Electro, R&B, Hip-Hop and Dubstep music.
His music has been featured on many of today's hottest artists. From Beyonce to Kendrick Lamar, and Frank Ocean to Post Malone, he's gotten noticed for his unique style.
He has a knack for creating atmosphere and mood, and his songs are sometimes so dark they feel like they're from another world. His voice has a soulfulness that is more soulful than most of his contemporaries, and he can express the depth of emotion through his singing alone.
During his early career, he was an electronic producer whose style was a hybrid of British dubstep rhythms and gospel-tinged, classically tinged keyboard playing. He told The Guardian in 2016, "I tried to find an underlying groove in the beats, a sort of cyclical pattern. It's very organic and uncluttered."
In his debut, CMYK and his second, Klavierwerke, he managed to combine a dance background with a subtler sense of atmospheric composition. The two EPs also showcased his ability to take simple chord progressions and transform them into something more emotionally captivating.
For his latest LP, Overgrown, Blake is taking it to the next level. The album features several other talented musicians and includes a single featuring Bon Iver and Frank Ocean, which is pretty amazing.
The album's title track, 'Retrograde,' has been given the remix treatment and it's a powerful piece of music in its own right. It has a solemn, soul-searching backbone, and it's been enhanced by potent R&B undertones. This is an emotional journey that should be enjoyed by all.