I literally stopped in my tracks when I heard this song for the first time the other day. I rushed home to figure out who and what it was, and have spent the past few days listening to everything James Blake has done. While some of his older work is a bit too straight-up electronic for my taste, I find the stuff from the past few years totally fresh and unexpected: some odd blend of singer/songwriter, R&B, electronic and his own magical mind. I honestly have never heard anything like it, and I find his boldness and honesty utterly moving and captivating. The videos he's done with director Martin de Thurah are no less hypnotic. I'm officially obsessed.
Aside from the new single Retrograde, one of my favorites so far is Measurements. Blowing my mind with its beauty. Electronic soulful pop with its roots in Spirituals? Whatever it is, I'm hooked.
And, in case you're hooked too now and want some more eerie magic, here's a few more videos for you to check out.