If you have already pigeonholed James Blake as “just” the dubstep’s next big thing, he proved on Klavierwerke EP, that he’s capable of something more eclectic and genre-breaking. Calm, introverted look into his soul was both dark and spectacular, as Blake made a connection between his solemnly sounding piano, torn fragments of vocals, dazed atmosphere and even slower BPMed dubstep.
Tiny samples of his vocals are stretched into full singing on his new single, Limit to Your Love, that is being released in November via Atlas. Originally ballad from the creative duo of honey-voiced Feist and poppy pianist Chilly Gonzales, Blake doesn’t pace relaxing tempo more and retains its comfortable beauty. Moreover, his vocals are true win. His jazzy phrasing is professional, voice is attractive and clear baritone and that playful feeling of the original version is even multiplied by tender percussion reminding us, that Blake is also DJ. Limit to Your Love is another proof, that James Blake is undeniably gifted musician that is brave and talented enough to cross borders of genres and create real music. (Below embedded SoundCloud song is just a snippet, the whole version can be found in Zane Lowe show for BBC1; picture from Pitchfork, video after jump).