Monday, 11 February 2013

James Blake - Retrograde

James Blake has never been one to stay in the same place for very long. A pattern seems to have formed in Blake's musical output - EPs tend to lean towards his producer side whereas albums showcase his more soulful side. Whilst fans of the former might be hoping for more of the same due to Order/Pan and Enough Thunder being the last non-album output since his self-titled debut, Blake has gone back to what turned a lot of people onto him in the first place when hearing his breakout single Limit To Your Love. 

'Retrograde' has more of an r&b tinge to it than the material on his debut full-length, showcasing his impressive, smooth vocal range to full effect with the kick-drum/mechanical stomp combination accompanying. It's almost exactly what you would expect from Blake's new material, a sign of progression but a preservation of his distinctive sound at the same time. 

Aurora Mitchell

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