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12 Best Songs of the Week: The Weather Station, Deep Sea Driver, Jane Weaver, and More

Plus James Blake, Maxband, Julie Byrne and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 16, 2020

Welcome to the 40th Songs of the Week of 2020. Last week we had a supersized Songs of the Week because it covered two weeks’ worth of songs. This week’s list is supersized because there were so many great tracks shared in the last seven days. Thus this week we’ve got a Top 12 (and could’ve easily had a Top 13 or 14) instead of a Top 10, as well as a lot of honorable mentions. More

James Blake Releases New “Before” EP

Each Song on the EP Accompanied by a Visualizer or Video

Oct 14, 2020

James Blake has released a new EP, Before. The four-song EP was released with little advance notice and each of its four songs is accompanied by visualizer video (title track “Before” has a full on video). Before sees Blake returning to his dancefloor roots and London club days. More

May 13, 2020

Last night James Blake was the musical guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Instead of performing an original, he did a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” from home, on piano. More

Apr 24, 2020

James Blake released a new album, Assume Form, back in January 2019 via Republic. Now he has shared his first new single of 2020, “You’re Too Precious.”  More

Aug 07, 2019

James Blake released a new album, Assume Form, back in January via Republic. Now he has shared a video for the album's "Can't Believe the Way We Flow." Frank Lebon directed the video, which was shot over the course of six days in London and features 30 real life couples.  More

Hopscotch 2019 Lineup – CHVRCHES, Sleater-Kinney, Jenny Lewis, James Blake, and More

Raleigh, NC Festival in September Also Features Kurt Vile, Lucy Dacus, Cate Le Bon, Gruff Rhys, Deerhunter, Dirty Projectors, Ryley Walker, Snail Mail, and Others

May 21, 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina's Hopscotch Music Festival has announced its initial 2019 lineup. Headliners include CHVRCHES, Sleater-Kinney, Jenny Lewis, Little Brother, and James Blake. More

James Blake Shares New Song “Mulholland”

Assume Form Vinyl Version Due Out May 10

Apr 26, 2019

James Blake released a new album, Assume Form, back in January via Republic. Now he has shared a new song, "Mulholland," which is a bonus track on the vinyl version of the album, due out May 10 via Republic. More

Feb 04, 2019

James Blake released a new album, Assume Form, last month via Republic. Now he has shared a video for one of the album's pre-release singles, "Mile High." The song features Travis Scott and Metro Boomin, and Scott also appears in the video, which was directed by Nabil. More

Joint Album of the Week: Sharon Van Etten and The Twilight Sad

Remind Me Tomorrow Out Now via Jagjaguwar and It Won/t Be Like This All the Time Out Now via Rock Action

Jan 18, 2019

We haven't done an Album of the Week since mid November, but this week there was a multitude of strong contenders and so we're back with a joint Album of the Week: Sharon Van Etten's Remind Me Tomorrow and The Twilight Sad's It Won/t Be Like This All the Time both get the honor.  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Strand of Oaks, Telekinesis, Weyes Blood, Piroshka, and More

Plus The Drums, Cass McCombs, Tamaryn, James Blake, C Duncan, Glen Hansard, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 18, 2019

Welcome to the second Songs of the Week of 2019. This week's list includes tracks from freshly announced albums (Strand of Oaks, The Drums, Tamaryn, C Duncan, Glen Hansard), as well as by artists who have already made this list with previous songs from their upcoming albums (Telekinesis, Piroshka, Cass McCombs).  More

James Blake – Stream the New Album

Assume Form Out Now via Republic

Jan 18, 2019

James Blake has released a new album, Assume Form, today via Republic. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing here. More

Jan 17, 2019

James Blake is releasing a new album, Assume Form, tomorrow (January 18), via Republic. Earlier today he shared the album's "Mile High" (which features Travis Scott and Metro Boomin), now he has shared the album's haunting closing track, "Lullaby For My Insomniac." More

Jan 17, 2019

James Blake is releasing a new album, Assume Form, tomorrow (January 18), via Republic. The album was only just announced last week and when it was announced no new music from it was shared (although the album does include the previously shared single "Don't Miss It"). Now, on the eve of its release, another song from Assume Form has been shared, "Mile High," which features Travis Scott and Metro Boomin. More

James Blake Announces New Album for Release Next Week

Assume Form Due Out January 18 via Republic

Jan 10, 2019

James Blake has announced a new album, Assume Form, which is due out next week, January 18, via Republic. The album features Travis Scott, André 3000, Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney, and ROSALÍA and includes the previously shared single "Don't Miss It." More

Dec 04, 2018

James Blake has announced some 2019 North American tour dates. They go down next February and March and include shows on both coasts, including two nights in New York City and three shows in Canada.  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: The Love Language, Flasher, The Flaming Lips, and More

Plus Wooden Shjips, James Blake, HAERTS, Mutual Benefit, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

May 25, 2018

It was a bit tough putting together a Songs of the Week this week. Chalk it up to the Memorial Day three-day weekend I guess, but for whatever reason artists, publicists, and labels weren't overeager to release a lot of great new tracks this week.  More

James Blake Shares Lyric Video New Song “Don’t Miss It”

A Collaboration with Mount Kimbie's Dominic Maker

May 24, 2018

James Blake has shared a lyric video for a new song, "Don't Miss It." The song is a collaboration with Mount Kimbie's Dominic Maker and was shared via a lyric video featuring the song's lyrics being typed on a smart phone. More

Outside Lands 2018 Lineup: Florence + The Machine, Janet Jackson, CHVRCHES, Beck, Bon Iver, and More

Plus The Weeknd, Huey Lewis and the News, Father John Misty, Broken Social Scene, Jamie xx, Mac DeMarco, Jessie Ware, Perfume Genius, Lucy Dacus, James Blake, and More

Apr 03, 2018

Outside Lands have announced their 2018 lineup. The festival goes down August 10 - 12 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The headliners are Florence + The Machine, Janet Jackson, and The Weeknd. More

James Blake Shares Video for New Song “If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead”

Premiered As Part of Blake's BBC Radio 1 Residency

Jan 25, 2018

James Blake has shared a video for a new song "If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead." It's the first new solo track since his 2016 album The Colour In AnythingMore

Apr 03, 2017

Mount Kimbie (the duo of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos) have shared a video for a new song that features James Blake, "We Go Home Together."  More

Mar 20, 2017

James Blake surprise released his latest albumThe Colour In Anything, last May via Republic Records.  More

Sep 22, 2016

James Blake surprise released his new album, The Colour In Anything, earlier this year via Republic Records. Last night the British musician stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to perform "My Willing Heart." Watch below, followed by Blake's upcoming tour dates. More

Sep 02, 2016

James Blake surprise released his new album, The Colour In Anything, earlier this year via Republic Records. Now the British musician has shared a new version of album track "Timeless" that features rapper Vince StaplesMore

Frank Ocean Releases New Visual Album, With Another Album Promised for This Weekend

Endless Out Now via Apple Music, Features James Blake and Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood

Aug 19, 2016

Frank Ocean has long been teasing the release of a new album entitled Boys Don't Cry, but last night instead he released a new visual album called Endless exclusively via Apple Music. You can watch it here and the tracklist is below. The album features James Blake, Sampha, Arca, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, and others. Furthermore, according to Rolling Stone Ocean is also releasing Boys Don't Cry this weekend, except it has a new title that has yet to be revealed. More

James Blake Announces North American Tour Dates

The Colour In Anything Out Now via Republic

May 31, 2016

James Blake recently surprise released his new album, The Colour In Anything, via Republic Records. Now the British musician has announced some North American tour dates for this fall.  More

May 10, 2016

James Blake surprise released his new album, The Colour In Anything, last Thursday night. Now he has shared a video for "I Need a Forest Fire," which is a collaboration with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. UVA directed the clip, which features abstract art installations. More

May 05, 2016

James Blake appeared on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show tonight to announce that his new album, his third, will be called The Colour In Anything (previously it was to be titled Radio Silence) and will be released digitally tonight at around midnight U.K. time or 7 PM EST. More

Listen: James Blake - “Modern Soul”

New Song Played on His BBC Radio 1 Show

Feb 11, 2016

James Blake has debuted a new song on his BBC Radio 1 show as part of his residency. It's entitled "Modern Soul" and you can stream it below.  More

Justin Vernon Is Working on New Bon Iver Music, Announces Eaux Claires Festival Line-up

Line-up Includes James Blake, Beach House, Jenny Lewis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a Grateful Dead Tribute Led by Members of The National, and More

Feb 11, 2016

Bon Iver's main creative force Justin Vernon said last year that there were no upcoming plans for a new Bon Iver album (the last one was released in 2011), but in a new interview with Billboard he has said that he's "no longer winding down" and promises that he's "definitely been working on music."  More

James Blake Reveals Title of New Album

Radio Silence Out This Year

Jan 13, 2015

UK artist James Blake has revealed the name of his next album, the follow-up to his 2013 sophomore LP OvergrownMore

Listen: James Blake – “200 Press EP”

Out Now on 1-800-Dinosaur

Dec 10, 2014

Well look who’s in the Christmas spirit. Today James Blake released a surprise EP called 200 Press via his own 1-800-Dinoasur label.  More

Nov 24, 2014

In a newly published interview with the Miami New TimesJames Blake has revealed that the follow-up to his 2013 album Overgrown is nearing its completion and will release sometime in early 2015. More

Listen: James Blake - “Building It Still”

Premiered On BBC Radio 1 Residency Show

Oct 17, 2014

Over the past several months James Blake has been hosting his own residency show on BBC Radio 1, regularly sharing brand new material of his own among his featured playlists. More

James Blake Announces Tour

Supported By Airhead

Oct 13, 2014

James Blake has announced a select number of shows set to take place through the remainder of the year. More

Listen: James Blake – “200 Press”

New Songs Revealed on BBC Radio 1

Aug 22, 2014

Last night during his BBC Radio 1 residency show, James Blake shared a new song called “200 Press.”  More

Jun 16, 2014

This past weekend James Blake made his first appearance at Bonnaroo, still out and about supporting last year's sophomore LP OvergrownMore

Jan 30, 2014

Newly minted GRAMMY winner Lorde continues to prove that she’s the teenager we all wish we were by covering James Blake and Son LuxMore

Listen: James Blake - “40455”

Also Remixes Beyoncé's "Drunk on Love"

Jan 17, 2014

Newly minted Mercury Prize winner James Blake took over a bit of air time on BBC Radio 1 last night where the UK artist decided to share a brand new song called "40455." More

Under the Radar’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2013

Our Favorite Visuals of the Year

Jan 03, 2014

While the days of watching music videos on television are long gone, over the past several years the visual art form has certainly found second life (like so many other things) as an excellent online commodity. More

Nov 26, 2013

Coming out a bit from left field, this year's newly honored Mercury Prize winner James Blake has offered up a remix of Destiny Child's 1999 hit single "Bills, Bills, Bills." More

James Blake Wins The Barclaycard Mercury Prize

Congratulations James Blunt…Er…Blake!

Oct 31, 2013

James Blake is the winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his sophomore album, OvergrownMore

Oct 14, 2013

Last month James Blake shared a remix of his Overgrown track "Life Round Here" featuring Chance the Rapper. More

Oct 04, 2013

On the road supporting his excellent sophomore album OvergrownJames Blake was recently welcomed as a musical guest on Britian's late night program Later...with Jools Holland. More

2013 Mercury Prize Shortlist Revealed

Include David Bowie, Savages, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling and More

Sep 11, 2013

The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize have been announced. More

Aug 11, 2013

Last weekend, Gothenburg, Sweden hosted the sixth annual Way Out West Festival. We sent writer/photographer Laura Studarus and photographer Helen Boast down to cover the action. Check out their gallery featuring Taken By TreesIris DeMentPublic EnemyCat PowerJames BlakeDanny BrownLittle BootsKendrick Lamar, and Disclosure More

James Blake Announces Fall Tour

New North American Dates Start This October

May 20, 2013

Already touring heavily behind his acclaimed sophomore album Overgrown, London musical artist James Blake has announced plans for even more touring set to take place this fall. More

May 07, 2013

Last night electronic crooner James Blake made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. More

Apr 11, 2013

As one is wont to do, James Blake is on the promotional trail for sophomore album, Overgrown. More

Watch: James Blake - “Overgrown” Video

James Blake and the Lonely Walk

Apr 10, 2013

Releasing his sophomore album Overgrown this week, James Blake has premiered a a stark, moonlit music video for the record's title track. More

Apr 03, 2013

Soon to release his upcoming sophomore album OvergrownJames Blake has unveiled a wormhole-diving music video for his single "Voyeur." More

Mar 25, 2013

Bit by bit over the past several weeks London-based artist James Blake has shared a great deal of his upcoming sophomore album Overgrown. More

Mar 15, 2013

Having already shared a number of tracks to be featured on his upcoming sophomore album OvergrownJames Blake has side-stepped a bit to premiere one that didn't make the finished cut, a B-side titled "And Holy Ghost." More

Mar 07, 2013

James Blake does not do anything in half measures. Earlier today he released a dub Voyeur,” a track from his sophomore album Overgrown. Now we’ve been given a second taste in the form of album track  “Digital Lion.”  More

Listen: James Blake – “Voyeur (Dub)”

Overgrown Out April 4 Via Atlas/Republic

Mar 07, 2013

With one month to go before the release of James Blake’s sophomore album Overgrown, things have been pretty quiet on the publicity front—save for a perfunctory initial announcement. Thankfully today we were given something new to tide us over.  More

Feb 25, 2013

James Blake has shared new details of his forthcoming sophomore album Overgrown. More

Feb 11, 2013

Announcing last week his much-anticipated return with his new sophomore album OvergrownJames Blake has premiered a suitable sci-fi inspired music video for his new single "Retrograde." More

Feb 07, 2013

James Blake has announced the forthcoming release of his sophomore LP, Overgrown. More

James Blake Announces Tour

Sophomore LP Out This Year

Jan 30, 2013

James Blake has announce his return to the road with a two month-long tour through the U.S. this spring. More

Dec 06, 2012

This past Tuesday James Blake played a small show at London's Conway Hall. More

Under the Radar’s Charity Protest Auction Starts Now!

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, and others

Oct 16, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction starts NOW!. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others.   More

Under the Radar’s Charity Protest Auction Starts Tomorrow

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, and others

Oct 15, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction starts tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others.  More

Check Out Photos of FYF Fest 2012 - Day One - M83, Chromatics, Fucked Up

Plus Chairlift, James Blake, Moonface, Sleigh Bells and More

Sep 03, 2012

On Saturday September 1, the nineth annual FYF Fest went down at Los Angeles’ State Historic Park in Downtown L.A. We sent photographer Steven Dewall down to cover the action. Check out his shots of Chairlift,ChromaticsFucked UpJames BlakeJohn MausM83MoonfacePurity Ring, Redd Kross, Sleigh BellsThe Valelines, and Warpaint here. More

Dec 19, 2011


James Blake has unveiled the music video for his take on Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." 


Oct 20, 2011

Oh James Blake, the gift that keeps giving. More

Listen: James Blake Streams New EP

Enough Thunder Out October 10

Oct 06, 2011

James Blake’s new EP Enough Thunder streets next week, but you can hear it now. We have the stream.  More

Listen: “Enough Thunder” by James Blake

Title Track to Enough Thunder

Sep 30, 2011

James Blake’s Enough Thunder streets October 10. Hear him play the title track here.  More

Sep 19, 2011

Check out photos from Day One of ACL Music Festival 2011 in Austin, TX including Big Boi, Bright Eyes, Fools Gold, Foster the People, Futurebirds, James Blake, Kanye West, Kurt Vile, Mavis Staples, Santigold, Smith Westerns and Wild Beasts. We sent photographer Robert Redfield down to capture the action. More

Sep 19, 2011

Performing at the Music Box in Hollywood last night, James Blake debuted another brand new song off his forthcoming EP Enough Thunder. More

Listen: “Not Long Now” by James Blake

Enough Thunder Out October 10

Sep 14, 2011

James Blake dropped “Not Long Now” today, a track from forthcoming EP, Enough Thunder. We have the track.  More

Watch: Video Interviews and Performances From The Mercury Prize Ceremony

Including Under the Radar Favorites Everything Everything, James Blake, and Elbow

Sep 07, 2011

Yesterday PJ Harvey took the Mercury Prize for Let England Shake. It was a tough race, given the high number of Under the Radar friendly artists. While Harvey’s off celebrating her well-deserved win, we have videos from the ceremony, including interviews and performances from Anna Calvi, Elbow, Everything Everything, and James BlakeMore

James Blake Announces “Enough Thunder” EP

Streets October 10 Via Atlas

Aug 31, 2011

Today, James Blake (who got the whole blogosphere a buzzin’ with his self-titled debut earlier this year) announced follow-up EP, Enough Thunder.We have the details.  More

Aug 17, 2011

James Blake and Bon Iver (who interviews Ian MacKaye in our current issue) are working together on…something.  More

Jul 19, 2011

Today the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist was announced. We have the full list.  More

James Blake Stops by Jimmy Fallon

Set to Appear on Next Roots Album

Jul 15, 2011

James Blake stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to play “The Wilhelm Scream” a track from his much-hyped debut album. We have the clip.  More

Jul 06, 2011

Reigning dub-step king James Blake stopped by WFUV to play a few cuts from his self-titled debut album. We have the video.  More

Jul 01, 2011

Following the success of his much-praised debut, British musician/producer James Blake has announced the release of a upcoming single. More

Jun 13, 2011

James Blake and Drake combined on mash-up mixtape creatively titled, James Drake. More

May 17, 2011

R&B-sampling dubstep artist, and recent Pleased to Meet You subject James Blake has unveiled a new music video that combines the tracks "Lindesfarne I" and "Lindesfarne II" from his self-titled debut. More

Listen: James Blake: “Give a Man a Rod (Second Version)”

From Forthcoming Album Compilation, 116 & Rising

May 12, 2011

Hessle Audio will drop a far-reaching compilation, dubbed 116 & Rising, on Monday, May 16. More

Watch: James Blake on Late-Night BBC Show

Blake Performed Two Tracks

May 09, 2011

James Blake stopped by Later...With Jools Holland to perform two tracks off his self-titled album. We have the videos of his live television session. More

Watch: James Blake’s SXSW Lawn Party at Other Music/Dig For Fire

Live Performance of “The Wilhem Scream”

Mar 24, 2011

Didn’t make it to SXSW this year? Hankering to see buzz artist James Blake live? You’re in luck.  More

Check Out Photos from SXSW 2011 - Thursday March 17th

Including James Blake, Glasser, Twin Shadow and More

Mar 22, 2011

Check out photos from Day Two the of SXSW 2011 Music Festival, including shots of James Blake, Glasser, Twin Shadow, Cults and tUnE-YarDs. Photos by Wendy Lynch Redfern. Check out the full gallery here. More

Mar 04, 2011

Pitchfork has announced the initial lineup of its 2011 Music Festival. More

James Blake Streams Debut Album

Streets Next Tuesday

Feb 04, 2011

Next Tuesday, James Blake’s debut album streets in the U.S. via Universal. But through the magic of the internet, you can hear it now.  More


James Blake

Harder Than It Looks

Oct 30, 2013

James Blake made it sound so easy. In 2011, at the age of 22, he had already been anointed as an electronic music prodigy, with three boldly idiosyncratic EPs released in the span of a year, culminating in his widely acclaimed debut full-length release, which reimagined how dance music and dubstep could be blended with shades of R&B and gospel.  More


Assume Form

Assume Form


Jan 23, 2019

On Assume FormJames Blake's long-awaited fourth album, the London-born singer/producer displays just how much he has changed, some would say progressed, since the dark majesty of his self-titled debut back in 2011.  More

The Colour in Anything

The Colour in Anything


May 13, 2016

When I first heard James Blake's voice through his "Wilhelm Scream," I pictured someone altogether different from a shy young lad with a blushing smile. I'm pretty sure everyone did. His computerized cries sounded of weathered experience and the quiet torment of someone who's seen more than he's wanted to.  More

Way Out West Festival 2013 Day Three: Cat Power, James Blake, and More

August 10th, 2013

Aug 12, 2013

Sheets of rain greeted festival attendees on day three of Way Out West. Over drinks, festival co-founder Joel Borg joked that their goal is to be one of the prettiest festivals in the rain. Judging by the surprising lack of mud puddles at the end of the deluge, he may be able to hang that mission-accomplished banner now. More




Apr 19, 2013

It seems that James Blake is still in a bit of a funk. His latest effort, Overgrown, rarely pulls out of its state of cloudy despondence, the 24 year-old producer-cum-songwriter instead demonstrating a sensitivity to subtle changes in a single hue, mood, and tenor. More

SXSW Recap Day 2: Cults, Glasser, Tune-Yards, Twin Shadow, and James Blake

March 17th, 2011

Mar 18, 2011

After a long—and incredibly enjoyable—day at our first of two Under the Radar SXSW parties, the magazine trouped en mass over to Central Presbyterian Church to check out Pitchfork’s impressively stacked lineup: Glasser, Cults, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, and James Blake. 


James Blake

James Blake


Mar 01, 2011

When broken down, there’s nothing terribly unique about the building blocks of James Blake’s eponymous debut. Soulful vocals—more Motown than anytown—are flattened with (shutter) vocoder, and stirred into minimalist beats. It’s an oddball gathering of elements that one imagines could have been developed any singer/songwriter desperate to elevate his work past the bar and into the limelight. However, the odd assemblage works thanks to Blake’s ability to recognize a hook, leaving him as a go-to guy for gestalt—even if the ghost of Jamie Lidell’s back catalogue hangs heavy over the proceedings. More