James Blake




James Blake Litherland (born 26 September 1988), known as James Blake, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and producer from London. He first received recognition in 2010 for a trio of dubstep-influenced EPs, and the following year his self-titled debut album was released in the United Kingdom to critical praise. His second studio album Overgrown was released in 2013 and was awarded the Mercury Prize. His third studio album The Colour in Anything was released in 2016. Blake has also released remix work under the moniker Harmonimix. Blake received his first Grammy nomination at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for Best New Artist. At the 2014 Brit Awards, Blake was nominated for the Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.

Blake began his music career by releasing his debut 12″ record, entitled “Air & Lack Thereof” in the United Kingdom during July 2009, while being persistent in recording songs in his bedroom. Having been released on the imprint record label, Hemlock, the extended-play became a favourite of BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson. Soon after the release of the record Blake was invited by Peterson to do a special mix on his international show, including an exclusive Mount Kimbie track. As a second-year composition assignment for his studies at Goldsmiths, he submitted the soon-to-be-released Klavierwerke EP, which was awarded high marks.

A third EP, entitled CMYK, was released through R&S Records during 2010. The title track, “CMYK” was selected by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as his Record of the Week and also received airplay from other DJs. On 29 September 2010, Zane Lowe selected Blake’s cover version of “Limit to Your Love” as his “Hottest Record in the World”. The song was written and originally recorded by Feist and appeared on her studio album, The Reminder. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2010, where it debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 47.

Blake revealed in late December 2010 that his album would be self-titled, and the 11-track James Blake was released on 7 February 2011. Only days after the original announcement was made, the album was leaked onto the internet. On 9 January 2011, “The Wilhelm Scream” was trailed as the album’s second single (“Limit To Your Love” was also included on the album). Blake announced via Facebook on 7 February 2013 that his second album, Overgrown, would be released on 8 April.

The first single from the album, “Retrograde”, was debuted the same day on BBC Radio 1, and was released on 11 February. he album features guest appearances from noted electronic music producer Brian Eno and Wu-Tang Clan producer and rapper RZA, and further developed the song-based R&B work of his previous releases. The release received critical acclaim and was awarded the 2013 Mercury Prize. Blake noted to Hot Press that his relationship had been an influence on the album.



Discography

Artist: James Blake
Title: I Need A Forest Fire
Album: The Colour in Anything
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Buy Album: £9.99 (2016)
Artist: James Blake
Title: Retrograde (Explicit)
Album: Overgrown
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Buy Album: £6.99 (2013)
Artist: James Blake
Title: Limit To Your Love
Album: James Blake
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Buy Album: £5.99 (2011)
Artist: James Blake
Title: 200 Press
Album:  200 Press (EP)
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Buy Album: £1.79 (2014)
Artist: James Blake
Title: At Birth (Album Only)
Album: Love What Happened Here (EP)
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Artist: James Blake
Title: A Case Of You
Album: Enough Thunder
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Artist: James Blake
Title: Tell Her Safe
Album: Klavierwerke (EP)
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Buy Album: £1.79 (2010)
Artist: James Blake
Title: Footnotes
Album: CMYK EP
Buy MP3: £0.99 (2013)
Buy Album: £1.79 (2013)
Artist: James Blake
Title: Tep And The Logic
Album: James Blake
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Artist: James Blake
Title: To Care (Like You)
Album: James Blake
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Studio albums
The Colour in Anything (2016), Overgrown  (2013), James Blake (2011).

EPs
200 Press (2014), Love What Happened Here (2011), Enough Thunder (2011), Klavierwerke (2010), CMYK (2010), The Bells Sketch (2010).

Singles
“I Need a Forest Fire” (featuring Bon Iver) (2016 The Colour in Anything), “My Willing Heart” (2016 The Colour in Anything), “Radio Silence” (2016 The Colour in Anything), “Timeless” (2016 The Colour in Anything), “Modern Soul” 2016 The Colour in Anything), “Life Round Here” (2013 Overgrown), “Overgrown” (2013 Overgrown), “Retrograde” (2013 Overgrown), “A Case of You” (2011 Enough Thunder), “Fall Creek Boys Choir” (with Bon Iver) (2011 Enough Thunder), “Order / Pan” (2011 Non-album single), “Lindisfarne / Unluck” (2011 James Blake), “The Wilhelm Scream” (2011 James Blake), “Limit to Your Love”  (2010 James Blake), “Air & Lack Thereof” (2009 Non-album single).

As featured artist
“the ends” (Travi$ Scott featuring André 3000 & James Blake) (2016 Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight), “White Ferrari” (Frank Ocean featuring James Blake) (2016 blond), “Deathwish (ASR)” (Frank Ocean featuring James Blake) (2016 Endless), “Florida” (Frank Ocean featuring James Blake) (Endless), “Forward” (Beyoncé Knowles featuring James Blake) (2016 Lemonade), “0 to 100 / The Catch Up” (Drake) (2014).

As Harmonimix
2012: “Confidence Boost”—Harmonimix & Trimbal

Remixes
“Drunk in Love” Beyoncé (2014 Harmonimix Remix), “Come Thru” Drake (2013 James Blake Remix), “Changes” Mala (2013 Harmonimix Remix), “Bills, Bills, Bills” Destiny’s Child (2010 James Blake Remix), “Maybes” Mount Kimbie (2010 James Blake Remix), “Stop What You’re Doing” Untold (2009 James Blake Remix).

Music videos
“I Need a Forest Fire” (2016 Director: Matt Clark), “Life Round Here (feat. Chance The Rapper)” (2016 Director: Nabil), Voyeur” (2013 Director: Tobias Revell and Ferry Gouw), “Overgrown” (2013 Director: Nabil), “Retrograde”(2013 Director: Martin de Thurah), “A Case of You” (2011 Seb Edwards), “Lindisfarne” (2011 Director: Martin de Thurah), “The Wilhelm Scream” (2011 Director: Alexander Brown), “Limit to Your Love”     (2010 Director: Martin de Thurah).

As Harmonimix
“Confidence Boost (Harmonimix & Trim)” (2012 Director: Rollo Jackson).



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