Watch James Blake Live At The BBC

By Amrit Singh / January 14, 2011 - 3:48 pm

Dubstep’s journey from off-kilter production houses to the media-trend-piece radar is best captured by the name James Blake. Literally. Think back a few years to Burial’s willful obfuscation — oblique project moniker, zero press photos — and here’s dubstep’s poster child mk. 2011: not just a proper name but also a face, blurred at first then focused in HD. Chase that with his mainstreamish press-baiting cover of Feist’s “Limit To Your Love,” a forthcoming full-length that repeatedly employs a remarkably distinctive voice for such an adeptly restrained and tasteful beat-based producer, and the hand-holding he and the BBC have going on, and we find a genre’s media maturation point in the body of a 21 year old (Br)IT kid. (Also just in Brit.)

The BBC are giving the blog-reading public what they want with this film of a session James did for them. The embeddable track is “The Wilhelm Scream” — austere and spare with a full band, swelling slowly to reverb and static — so that’s the one we have for you here.



(via GvsB)

There’s more songs from the session (“Lindisfarne,” JB’s cover of Feist’s “Limit To Your Love”) and an interview over at bbc.com. James’s self-titled full-length debut is very good.