James Blake Performs @ KCRW’s Brand-New Annenberg Performance Studio

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James Blake performed the first ever live-set at the new studio for Los Angeles public radio station KCRW on May 21. Blake performed a seven-song set of songs from his latest album, Assume Form, as well his hit song “Retrograde,” and even a cover of the Joni Mitchell classic “A Case of You.” The performance […]

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Watch James Blake Make His Daytime TV Debut On Ellen

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James Blake released his new album, Assume Form, earlier this year. It’s a star-studded collection of songs, featuring Travis Scott, André 3000, Rosialía, Metro Boomin, and Moses Sumney. But Blake still shines on the tracks he handles alone, like the lovestruck “I’ll Come Too.” Tomorrow, Blake will make his daytime TV debut playing … More »

James Blake – “Mulholland”

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James-BlakeJust a few months ago, UK time-warper James Blake came out with the new album Assume Form. Blake, of course, specializes in intricately constructed, deeply emotive lyrical self-laceration. But compared to past Blake albums, Assume Form wasn’t so much of an internal journey. Instead, Blake found himself collaborating with some of his present-day … More »

James Blake – “Barefoot In The Park” (Feat. Rosalía) Video

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One of the highlights from James Blake’s newest album, Assume Form, is his team-up with the Spanish musician Rosalía, who has had a big week of her own with the release of her latest single “Con Altura.” Today, Blake is sharing a music video for their collaboration, “Barefoot In The Park,” … More »

Travis Scott, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, James Blake lead Made In America lineup

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Travis Scott, Anderson .Paak, Kaskade, James Blake lead Made In America lineupTravis Scott Made In America

Made in America has festival released its 2019 lineup, featuring headlining acts Travis Scott and Cardi B under the spotlight at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. On the second tier, Kaskade, James Blake, Anderson .Paak, Juice WRLD, Kodak Black, The Free Nationals, Bazzi, Jorja Smith, Blueface, and Pink Sweat$ will also be supporting the music festival curated by Jay-Z in the city of brotherly love.

The Roc Nation-produced festival has been a persistent Labor Day festivity since its debut in 2012. Since its inception, the festival has raised $103 million for the city. This year, proceeds will go to American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and REFORM ALLIANCE, Jay and Meek Mill‘s criminal justice reform organization.

TIDAL subscribers have access to perks along the way, such as ticket pre-sale from April 2 to April 4, fast-track entrance to the festival, artist meet and greets, and specialty merchandise. The festival will also be available for steam on TIDAL.

H/t: Complex

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Watch Rosalía Debut “Como Ali” And Sing Her J Balvin & James Blake Collabs At Lollapalooza Argentina & Chile

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Still riding high from her excellent sophomore full-length El Mal Querer, Rosalía is making the rounds on tour. She’s set to be a big live presence around the world this year, including her first North American headline dates, and it looks like those shows will involve a good deal of new … More »

Maren Morris Is A Little Bit Springsteen, A Little Bit Teenage Dream

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Maren MorrisTucked near the end of Maren Morris’ new album GIRL is a lovely little tune called “The Bones.” Like many Morris songs, it’s not about the art of songwriting but could just as easily be an allegory for her expertise in that area. In “The Bones,” a busted old house that has weathered the elements … More »

Louis Futon delivers kaleidoscopic debut album, ‘Way Back When’

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A cacophony of trumpets coalesces with the warm notes of a saxophone to pierce the silence on “The Beginning,” an attention-grabbing, aptly titled number that opens Louis Futon’s debut album, Way Back When. Inherently dynamic, Futon has long treated listeners to his forward thinking remixes, to place his own idiosyncratic spins on other artists’ offerings, like James Blake‘s “Retrograde,” and Travis Scott‘s “Wake Up.” Now, Futon channels his creative efforts into an extended, 14-track showing that radiates the bright, buoyant personality characteristic of a Futon single.

Way Back When engages listeners from start to finish in its unpredictability, and the fun that Futon evidently had when engineering the debut project is audible in each song of the album. The bold instrumental components of “The Beginning” are crisp commencers that yield to the twinkling synths and comparatively syrupy pace of the album’s second song, “Surreal.” Delightfully kaleidoscopic in the nature of its cuts, Way Back When dabbles in the vocal-centric on “Rewind,” with the bubbly assistance of Ashe and Armani White. Futon melds playful tones with glitchy arrangement on “Supposed To Be,” to craft a rhythmically oriented joint, accented with DUCKWRTH delivered hip-hop verses. Way Back When traverses distinctive sonic territories across its 14 comprising cuts, to emerge as a highly developed debut project that is duly diverse in its sound, and cohesive.

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Louis Futon serenades with jazzy flip of James Blake’s ‘Retrograde’ ahead of debut album release

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Louis Futon serenades with jazzy flip of James Blake’s ‘Retrograde’ ahead of debut album releaseLouis Futon Debut Album

Louis Futon is releasing his debut album, Way Back When, on Feb. 22. To celebrate the occasion, he produced another fan favorite flip of James Blake‘s crooning “Retrograde.” Through sped-up vocals and a swinging groove, Futon caresses the core of the track with wet chords, guitar riffs, jazz flute, and saucy sax. The funky electro artist from Philly enlisted Berklee College of Music alum Hailey Niswanger for her prowess on the flute and guitar, which added much-needed jazz elements to the melodically complex rendition.

As always, Futon, shares a glimpse of his production process in a concise video, outlining the steps taken to create edit posted on his SoundCloud. Earlier this year, he gave listeners a taste of his debut album with the single, “Supposed to Be” featuring Duckwrth and Baegod.

Watch Travis Scott take the Grammys stage with James Blake, Mike Dean, and more

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Travis Scott was electric at 2019’s Grammy Awards, performing a selection of tracks from his latest album Astroworld. To kick things off, the Houston-born phenomenon rattled off “Stop Trying To Be God” with featured artist James Blake. They also had assistance from Earth, Wind & Fire members as well as producer Mike Dean, who aided in creating a smooth, melodic aura that was quickly interrupted by the intro for Scott’s “No Bystanders,” panning to a large cage containing an elevated Scott. It’s safe to say that utter craziness proceeded to ensue, as a mixture of fans and stuntmen charged the stage for some mosh pits and cage dancing to close out.

The 26-year-old rapper received two nominations for single “SICKO MODE” featuring Drake and one for best rap album. Scott is also featuring on Blake’s latest project Assume Form, which Dancing Astronaut reviewed here.