James Blake releases new four-track EP ‘Before’
Grammy Award-winning artist James Blake has unveiled his latest four-track EP titled, Before, including his song “Do You Ever,” which was previewed in a recent Cadillac commercial to promote the company’s new 2021 Escalade model.
Blake said in the video,
“Honestly it’s a really strange time to release music. I still want to give people music. I still want to have that release myself—my demo, all my new stuff in the car. There’s nothing more satisfying than making something, whether it’s for myself or someone else, and then just jumping in the car and listening to it,”
Before eulogizes James Blake’s early clubbing days as a DJ in London as the four tracks range in tempo and cadence, featuring a miscellany of palpitating house grooves and intimate piano-accentuated ambience. The EP is Blake’s first full release since 2019 when his highly acclaimed Assume Form album released with an array of seemingly unlikely hip-hop and R&B collaborations, including tracks with Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, and André 3000.
Blake has shared visuals for his tracks “You’re Too Precious” and “Are You Even Real?,” as well as a series of covers including songs by Billie Eilish, Radiohead, Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Nirvana, and an acoustic cover of Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed” which he co-wrote.
Stream the latest EP below and keep a look out as Blake will DJ on Boiler Room on Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
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