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Some of my favourite electronic music this year has been made by James Blake and Mount Kimbie. Blake's superb two EP whammy - 'CMYK' and 'Klavierwerke' both contain really good examples of what we may call post-dubstep. Skittering beats, late night 'Burial style atmospherics and upbeat soulful samples leading to some really fine forward thinking electronica with a heart. I'm not sure if this gives ...

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Limit To Your Love by James Blake
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4/10 Clinton Staff review, 25 November 2010

Some of my favourite electronic music this year has been made by James Blake and Mount Kimbie. Blake's superb two EP whammy - 'CMYK' and 'Klavierwerke' both contain really good examples of what we may call post-dubstep. Skittering beats, late night 'Burial style atmospherics and upbeat soulful samples leading to some really fine forward thinking electronica with a heart. I'm not sure if this gives him the excuse to start singing though. This is a cover of a Feist/Gonzales tune and is a gospel ish slow burner led by piano with Blake's Jamie Lidell style soul crooning over the top. The voice also has hints of Antony and the Johnsons but if Anthony knows anything it is how to pronounce his 't's. Alas Blake repeatedly pronounces 'waterfall' as 'waerfall' which is exremely infuriating. A flip to the B side and there's nothing on it. So that was a total waste of time then. More worrying its a taster for his new LP so I just hope its a red herring otherwise he's another one headed for the coffee table which would be a real shame.


6/10 Benny Customer review,

Not sure about this one...as Clint said, the track is starting to grate, and I don't understand the hype around this one...Jamie Woon seems to be providing a bit more talent in the vocal department in this niche (what's with all these James'/Jamies'?)

Anyway yeah, The Bells Sketch, Pembroke and CMYK EP's were classy and fresh...I'm starting to think he's starting to stale a bit with the new Klavierwerke EP and especially with this one. For me, Fantastic Mr Fox has wiped the floor so to speak with his new EP (in terms of production), and Jamie Woon is the one to watch (see: Ramadanman remix of Night Air). That's not to say James Blake hasn't got anything left to say...


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