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James Blake on World Cafe | June 24, 2011

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In little more than a year, 22-year-old London electronic producer James Blake has gone from a virtual unknown to one of the most talked-about new artists around.

A classically trained pianist, Blake became involved in London's burgeoning dubstep scene while in music school. In 2010, Blake fine-tuned a unique approach to the genre with a series of singles, EPs and remixes, culminating in the release of his self-titled debut album in February of this year. Blake's delicate and complex compositions meld the spacious beats and moody soundscapes of dubstep with the organic warmth of soul and R&B, propelled by Blake's melancholy, enticing — and achingly human — voice.

Hear Blake discuss the evolution of his music and perform three cuts from his new album on this episode of World Café. (link)



The Blue Nile "A Walk Across Rooftops" A Walk Across Rooftops
Moby "Southside" Play
TV on the Radio "Caffeinated Consciousness" Nine Types of Light
James Blake "Limit to Your Love" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
James Blake "Lindisfarne" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
James Blake "The Wilhelm Scream" Recorded Live for the World CafÈ
Gillian Welch "The Way It Goes" The Harrow and the Harvest
John Hiatt "Slow Turning" Slow Turning
The Decemberists "Calamity Song" The King Is Dead
They Might Be Giants "Birdhouse in Your Soul" Flood


Arcade Fire "Modern Man" The Suburbs
Gomez "Options" Whatever's on Your Mind
Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand
Miike Snow "Animal" Miike Snow
The Smithereens "Sorry" 11
The Felice Brothers "Ponzi" Celebration, Florida
Calexico "Alone Again Or" Calexico
Tim Buckley "Song to the Siren" The Dream Belongs to Me
Fleet Foxes "Grown Ocean" Helplessness Blues
Janelle Monae "Tightrope" The Archandroid
Vieux Farka Toure "Aigna" The Secret
Wilco "Heavy Metal Drummer" Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Sufjan Stevens "Chicago" Come On Feel the Illinois