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Watch Lorde Cover James Blake On Triple J

Last week, Lorde returned triumphantly home to New Zealand and covered James Blake's "Retrograde" onstage. We posted a fan-made video, but this is better. Lorde sang the song live-in-studio during a visit to the Australian radio station Triple J. This time, then, we get to hear crystalline audio and see unencumbered images of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 7, 2014

Ellie Goulding – “Life Round Here” (Feat. Angel Haze) (James Blake Cover)

Last week, in her big return to New Zealand, Lorde covered James Blake's "Overgrown." And if "pop stars covering James Blake" is going to be a thing, then Ellie Goulding wants in. Goulding, the young British dance-pop monarch, did Lorde one better: She recorded her version of Blake's "Life Round Here," and she… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014

Watch Lorde Cover James Blake, Read Her Thank You Letter To New Zealand, See Her Birth Certificate

By showing up on the Rolling Stone cover in a Cramps shirt and giving that amazingly twitchy and gothed-out Grammys performance, Lorde only confirmed what we already knew: She's an intense, awkward, real teenager who's somehow invaded pop culture, a rare respite from the gleaming charm-schooled facsimiles we've come to expect. After her big… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014

The Week In Pop: Grammys Preview, Starring, Um, Sara Bareilles

Which album are you gunning for at the Grammys? If you're a regular reader of this site, chances are you're hoping Daft Punk gets lucky with an Album Of The Year win for Random Access Memories, or perhaps you'd prefer if Kendrick Lamar took home top honors for good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Both acts are… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 23, 2014

James Blake – “40455” + Beyoncé & Mystikal Remixes

James Blake did not end up interviewing Burial during his BBC Radio 1 residency tonight, but he did debut a Harmonimix remix of Beyoncé's "Drunk In Love" and a new song, "40455," that you can hear below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 16, 2014

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We're almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it's time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we've ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we're looking forward to hearing, enjoying,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Starting today we're rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum's annual readers' poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013's best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we're… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013

Watch Chance The Rapper’s Social Experiment Tour Promo

One of my favorite songs of the year was "Life Round Here (Remix)," a reworked version of a spooky Overgrown single that matched James Blake's richly expressive vocals with Chance The Rapper's gregarious rasp. The pair are allegedly working on more music together including some originals, and now comes a snippet of… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 16, 2013

Stereogum’s 50 Favorite Songs Of 2013

Determining the year's best albums is, admittedly, a subjective pursuit. But even more than an albums roundup, a list of songs is an intensely personal way to sum up a year in music. It is a process of appreciating the trees in a forest so sprawling it can never be mapped out entirely, celebrating… More »

By: Stereogum / December 12, 2013

2014 Grammy Nominations: Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift … And Sara Bareilles?

The Grammys again announced their nominations with some extra flash and fanfare this year, flipping the old morning podium announcement into another primetime concert special live from the Staples Center in L.A. LL Cool J, who hosted last year's Grammy broadcast, was back to MC this show as he will for the ceremony next month. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 6, 2013

Destiny’s Child – “Bills, Bills, Bills (James Blake Remix)”

The 1999 single "Bills, Bills, Bills" wasn't Destiny's Child's first hit, but it was the track that turned them into a gleaming future-pop machine, and today it stands as a classic of R&B's undyingly awesome herky-jerk digital-sheen era. James Blake, whose love of that era is no secret, recorded a remix of the track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2013

James Blake Wins 2013 Mercury Prize

The nominees for this year's Mercury Prize, awarded annually to the best album out of the United Kingdom, included works by Arctic Monkeys, James Blake, David Bowie, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Foals, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Savages, And Villagers. But only one record could take home all the mercury, and tonight that… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 30, 2013

Drake – “Come Thru (James Blake Remix)”

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 29, 2013

Photos: Treasure Island Festival 2013

People who live in the Bay Area are lucky. Not only did they get to enjoy the incredible Outside Lands lineup, a month later they get a whole other festival in the form of Treasure Island. A ton of great bands showed up there over the weekend, from James Blake to Holy Ghost! to Real… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For a while, I've been threatening to start including things in this space that don't quite constitute "music videos" but which do constitute music on video -- late-night performances, great camera-phone moments, things like that. And while I haven't quite done that with this week's list, the #1 selection is, indeed, a music-on-video thing that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 18, 2013

James Blake – “Life Round Here (Remix Feat. Chance The Rapper)” Video

Last month, James Blake and Chance The Rapper joined forces for a hypnotic, tingly, generally excellent remix of Blake's own Overgrown track "Life Round Here." It was our favorite song of that week, and, since Blake and Chance have said that they're making more music together, a preview of some potentially-amazing things to come. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2013

Watch James Blake Play Jools Holland Again

James Blake made an appearance of Later… With Jools Holland this week in support of his sophomore album Overgrown. We already saw the video of "Retrograde," now here's footage of Blake performing "Life Round Here."… More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 6, 2013

Watch James Blake Play Jools Holland

James Blake visited Jools Holland to play "Retrograde," one of the best songs off his new album Overgrown. If you're a James Blake super fan (and with that Chance The Rapper collaboration more and more people are) you'll notice two cool things. One, the other fella on synths is Rob McAndrews aka Airhead, who… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 3, 2013

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

On Sunday night Nothing Was The Same leaked, so there's some likelihood that in the midst of a listening frenzy, you missed some of the best music of the week. Or, maybe you eschewed the entire NWTS hype machine and want to know if some of your picks made the cut. Find out what did… More »

By: Stereogum / September 20, 2013

James Blake – “Life Round Here (Remix Feat. Chance The Rapper)”

Earlier this year, James Blake's sophomore album Overgrown stood its ground pretty firmly against the colossal amount of hype and excitement. In fact it's one of those albums that people might get into a few months after its release, once those initial feelings die down (this only took a few months, it'll probably be another… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 17, 2013