Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Electro-Crooners: James Blake

I'm claiming 2011 as the year of the electro-croon. I can feel it in the air. From Bon Iver's cry for help from the middle of the cyber-woods on Kanye's "Lost In The World" to Jamie Woon's insomniac's anthem "Night Air", 2011 is gonna be about the sultry sounds of sensitive and moody young men (and maybe some ladies) lost in the machine. Tron: The Musical, anyone?

For my Exhibit D, I present James Blake. While he's made a name for himself on thene as a promising young dubstep reversioner, it's his recent moody singer-songwriter turns that will likely blow him up in 2011. Check out the first single from his forthcoming LP, James Blake, a spaced-out and super minimalistic cover of Feist's "Limit To Your Love" that has major Antony vectors.

Keep your eyes and ears out for James (album 0ut February 2011) and other such dark ballads from little Hansels&Gretels lost in the fiber-optic forest. You just might save somebody's life.