James Blake – "Retrograde"

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Download: James Blake - Retrograde

Today, James Blake announced his sophomore record, Overgrown. He also offered up the project’s first single, “Retrograde,” which has been floating around the internet in the form of live recordings for a little while now. The track is built around a looped vocal line and a slow, stomping rhythm, showcasing Blake‘s often under-appreciated vocal prowess. The product is probably the most conventional slow-jam Blake has ever put out, yet he retains the warped melancholy he has come to be known for (and loved for). We think “Retrograde” is fantastic and long-overdue, another huge step towards James Blake‘s inevitable superstardom. Listen to the radio rip from Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 down below:

Ben McArthur

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