Orchestral synths that rise and fall like sirens in the soul, buzzing beats and morose vocals: oh, how we’ve missed you James Blake. He’s the only singe I know who can make his voice literally trumpet.
This radio-rip of “Retrograde” was just pulled off Zane Lowe’s BBC1 coverage an hour ago, and if it’s any indication of his new work, this is going to blow up Wilhem Scream style.
By the time the second stanza gets in stride, the chills are shaking me inside. The style of “Retrograde” jumps through and fuses eras of music without skipping a beat. Capturing the heartache and wonder of the 60s, 70s, and the post-modern era never sounded so easy.
His sighs are just fucking heavenly and couple that with the fact that they croon over lyrics inspired by self-survival in times to trial and Blake has officially bowled me over.
Update: The official single has now been released! No more radio rip :)