Alphabet Soup: James Blake
Before there was dubstep, there was James Blake:
I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers — who I can’t even be bothered naming — have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there’s this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It’s a million miles away from the ethos of it. It’s been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that’s not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I’m concerned..”
James Blake is the opinionated, English, producer, singer-songwriter (mastermind) who stole my heart a couple of years back when my roommate introduced me to his music. I remember listening to “CMYK” and being completely perplexed with all of the unique sounds that it entailed and the overwhelming raw talent being exhibited on one of the most influential songs in post-dubstep.
In terms of electronic music at the moment, James Blake has ideas that are hypnotic, mesmerizing and completely refreshing. This, here, is easy-listening music that embraces sonic elements that have yet to be explored. James Blake is dubstep before the bass, causing him to gain notoriety as one of the godfathers of the genre, developing his own sub-sub genre, “post dubstep.” As for James’ opinions on the genre he has helped usher in (the quote stated above), I have to strongly disagree with his idea that women do not appeal to dubstep, because I am clear evidence of the opposite trend. I do completely agree with his pissing competition remarks, however, since at the current moment, that is what the music industry is becoming. As arrogant as he comes off, you can’t deny that James Blake is talented and offers an ambient genre of music with lyrics that greatly complement the complex sounds.
His music fits perfectly with final exams. Hopefully they will at least give you the strength to face the darkness, known as exams, that is just around the corner.
- ”Wilhelms Scream” – he actually covered his father’s, James Litherland, song “Where To Turn,” turning it into “Wilhelms Scream”
- ”A Case of You” (Joni Mitchell cover)
- “Limit to Your Love”
- “Fall Creek Choir Boys” ft. Bon Iver
- “Love What Happened Here”