James Blake – “Fear To Fear”

By Tom Breihan / September 28, 2011 - 5:18 pm

An unreleased James Blake track called “Fear To Fear” is making the internet rounds today, and nobody seems to know if and when the track will turn up on any sort of release. The song is an instrumental, and a pretty straightforward downtempo dance jam at that, with little of the sample-flipping trickery that Blake used on his earliest EPs. Give it a listen below.


(via One Thirty BPM)

And in other James Blake news, as our comments-section buddy Michael_ points out, Blake recently said some interesting things about the direction of dubstep in an interview with the Boston Phoenix:

The things that drew me to dubstep in the first place weren’t necessarily the kind of testosterone-driven environments that you got from say, late jungle or some of the drum ‘n’ bass stuff that was happening after that. I think the dubstep that has come over to the U.S., and certain producers – who I can’t even be bothered naming – have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there’s this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It’s a million miles away from the ethos of it. It’s been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that’s not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I’m concerned.

Shots fired! Skrillex and Korn, you’re on notice.