James Blake's self-titled debut LP was a stripped down, skeletal exploration of human emotion; a scrapbook of thoughts and feelings where the fractured snare taps and sporadic bass notes served as little more than nods of agreement with Blake's soulful rhetoric. Despite requiring a certain degree of patience to fully appreciate, It was an ambitious and rewarding album, appealing to fans of electronic, indie and soul music alike. The success of that record pushed the young London-based producer into the spotlight and earned him a Mercury Prize nomination in the process, but, in the two years since that release, Blake has moved on.
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