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James Blake

UMPG representa las obras de James Blake de sus álbumes “James Blake” y “Overgrown”

Musicalmente amplio y emocionalmente profundo, así es el segundo álbum de James Blake, “Overgrown”. Su debut vendió más de 400.000 copias, un buen número para un álbum tan firmemente introspectivo y experimental; recogió nominaciones para los galardones Mercury, Brit e Ivor Novello; giró por todo el mundo y le puso en contacto con una amplia variedad de fans y colaboradores, incluyendo Joni Mitchell, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Bon Iver, Björk, Drake, Brian Eno and the RZA.

Más importante, ese tour le llevó a conocer a su novia, cuya presencia, le da a “Overgrown” su considerable peso emocional. “Instintivamente, he sido atraído por querer hacer música que la gente realmente recordará y amará”, dice. “Estoy buscando un impacto emocional”. Las voces, muy tratadas en su trabajo anterior, tienen una claridad e inmediatez como nunca antes. 

Las paredes se han desmoronado con “Overgrown” definitivamente. Desde el hip hop de “Take a Fall For Me” hasta el R&B de “Life Round Here”, pasando por la vertiginosa música house de “Voyeur” y el sensual track de cierre “Our Love comes Back”; James nunca ha tiene la misma idea dos veces.

La recién descubierta confianza de James y su sed por el cambio, han producido un segundo álbum que le lleva a un nuevo nivel de destreza y sentimiento que en su trabajo anterior se insinuaba. “Estos dos últimos años me han formado realmente”, asegura. “Tengo grandes ambiciones”. 

UMPG represent James Blake for the albums ‘James Blake' and 'Overgrown'.

Musically broad and emotionally deep, James Blake's second album ‘Overgrown’ is as big as an advance on his eponymous 2011 debut as that album was on the mercurial dubstep of his early EPs. His debut sold over 400,000 copies - quite something for a record so uncompromisingly introspective and experimental. It also picked up Mercury, Brit and Ivor Novello nominations, sent him around the world on tour, and brought him into contact with a wide array of fans and collaborators including Joni Mitchell, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Bon Iver, Björk, Drake, Brian Eno and the RZA.

Most importantly, touring the debut led him to meet his girlfriend, whose presence gives ‘Overgrown’ its considerable emotional weight. “Instinctively I’ve gravitated towards wanting to make music that people will really remember and love,” he says. “It’s an emotional impact I’m looking for.” His singing, heavily treated on his earlier work, also privileges clarity and immediacy like never before.

The walls have certainly come down on ‘Overgrown’. From the jet-lagged hip hop of ‘Take a Fall For Me’ to a hall-of-mirrors take on a late 90s R&B jam on ‘Life Round Here’; from the dizzying house music  of ‘Voyeur’ to the sensual lullaby of closing track ‘Our Love Comes Back’, James never has the same idea twice.

James’s newfound confidence and thirst for change has produced a second album that takes him to a new level of craft and feeling that his previous work only hinted at. “These last two years have really formed me,” says James. “I have huge ambitions."

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