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- Klavierwerke by James Blake
This feller needs no introduction. Picked up by the hallowed R&S, he's amongst a new breed of genre-hopping whizzkids, deftly pulling the most profound strands of disparate club music together to form a fresh 'n' funky style of rhythmical electronica knitted from the barest essentials of techno & dubstep. The style of this particular EP largely errs towards the downtempo & minimal, almost like a strain of this trendy "witch-step" (or whatever the fuck its called) on the title track. Excitable galloping, chinking percussion prevails on the wonderful, airy 'Tell Her Safe' whilst a ghostly blurred vocal sample recalls some of Leyland Kirby's cherished output. All this topped with a whirring free-spirited jazzy keyboard ala Flying Lotus. I love the vocal snippets on this 12", like on the smouldering 'I Only Know...' - they're almost like spectral smears of gospel soul or something, hardly discernible, yet they really add to the sensual stripped-back nature of the music. The concluding track is like a wistful, sleepytime take on 'Wonky" and finishes it all off in true style. This is a late-night classic in the making is this EP, I am so chuffed to have discovered it!
10/10 kamikaze 17th October 2010
I'm not really sure why, but I've been trying not to admit that I'm a Blake fan. Maybe it's the mountains of hype that accompany each release he puts out, or perhaps the fact that R&S have nabbed him, and I just don't like the way R&S vinyl looks. I'm superficial like that sometimes, but it's that little horse they use as a logo, that looks like the Lloyds TSB horse, it just doesn't look nice on a bit of vinyl. But I realised the other day I've bought (and thoroughly enjoyed) every bit of vinyl he's put out, which is six singles/EPs now, and that I've more than likely kept him in food and fags for a few days as a result of my vinyl habit. Anyway, this new EP, Klaiverwerke, I'd probably cite as the best thing he's put out so far. No dancefloor smashers like CMYK or Sparing The Horses on this one, it's much more of a subtle electroacoustic affair, but I'm well impressed, and I think it's probably time to admit I'm a fan of the lad.
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