The Drake/Blake connection! James Blake opened for Drake’s star-studded OVO Fest back in August, and both artists offer up dreary, heartfelt takes on forward-looking pop, similar enough that someone thought to put together a full mashup album called James Drake in 2011. So it was only a matter of time before Blake took a crack at remixing one of Drake’s songs. The one he’s chosen is “Come Thru,” a Nothing Was The Same bonus track that just keeps growing on me. (Its sudden switch midway through — from vaguely passive-aggressive warmth toward an old flame to creepily possessive, overtly passive-aggression about who she’s been sleeping with — is illustrative of Drake’s mesmerizing asshole persona.) Blake’s take focuses on the track’s lighthearted first half, but it’s significantly darker thanks to a bounty of ominous synth lines that occasionally resolve into something funkier and friendlier. Hear it below.
This remix is a one-off lark not intended for official release, but Drake’s Nothing Was The Same and Blake’s Overgrown are out now.