This English electronic artist increased his profile in 2010, his breakout year.
The son of musician James Litherland, Blake showed an aptitude for music as a child, eventually studying popular music at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Out of his bedroom recordings onto the global stage, James Blake’s talent was immediately apparent, and by the time he turned 22, world famous DJs such as Zane Lowe were eager to put him on.
He came up with his debut album in 2011, for which he received Mercury Music Prize nomination.
Since the artist has been involved in a lot of remixing projects, he has earned the name Harmonimix.
In 2014, Blake was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, and most recently, he was featured on Beyonce’s blockbuster LP Lemonade.
Expect this guy’s audience to grow in the coming years.
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.
Blake sought some help, not only from Rubin, who co-produced the Malibu sessions, but from Justin Vernon, who assisted with two songs and is heard on "I Need a Forest Fire," while Frank Ocean co-wrote another pair, including the all-voice closer, where Blake solemnly resolves -- ta-da -- that contentment is up to him.
Compared to the self-titled debut and Overgrown, this a more graceful and denser purging, one that can soundtrack some intense wallowing or, at a low volume, throb and murmur unobtrusively in the background.
A few lines are expressed with Auto-Tune fillips, some are enhanced through fine layering, and others are left unembellished, sometimes sunk into the mix of basslines that tap and thrum, percussion that gently skitters and scrapes, and synthesizers, applied like coating, that swell and swarm.