James Blake

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.

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Comments (10)
  1. When did his hair get so cool?

  2. “who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition” -> EPIC line about actual Dubstep from James Blake

    • I don’t think he’s saying that’s what real dubstep is. I think he’s saying that’s what it has become. On par with the frat-boy market dubstep in the U.S. seems to be geared towards.

  3. Blake is right. Go to youtube and look up a popular dubstep track and you see the same comments from the same 13 year old Modern Warfare players. “OMG that bass drop was so dirty that I had to switch to porn when my mom walked in”. And what’s funny is that these same kids are downplaying people like Blake and saying he’s not a true dubstep artist.

  4. I was at his concert last week, and during this moment when all the bass was so crazy that I thought I was on another planet, I just yelled out “what hair product do you use?”

    yeah, i’m glad my voice was inaudible.

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