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Worldwide Awards 2011 // James Blake

December 22, 2010

You must have heard of this dude by now… c’mon man… even Fearne Cotton was spinning his cover version of Feist’s ‘Limit To Your Love’ on BBC Radio 1 a couple of weeks back – hahaha! I’m pretty sure she preferred his earlier output on Hemlock and Hessle though.

Anyways, James is one of many acts appearing at the next Worldwide Awards at Koko in London on Saturday 22nd January 2011. He will be playing live with his trio after a fantastic 2010, just two weeks before his debut album drops. You can BUY TICKETS for the Awards now. But don’t procrastinate too much, because we always sell out weeks in advance and we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed.

Mr Blake first came to our attention via a killer 12″ on Untold’s left-leaning bass imprint Hemlock in 2009. By no means club trax (unless your dancefloor was particularly discerning) these initial excursions alongside Airhead captured the imagination. ‘Air & Lack Thereof’ married eerie atmospherics, undulating sub bass and lonely boogie synth stabs with low slung drums and plain weird pitched-down vocal chops and it stood out like a sore thumb in the sea of more traditional dubstep bangers earning plaudits. Consequently it took a well-deserved spot in Gilles’ All Winners 2009 radio show, reserved for the very finest tracks of the year.

He followed this up with another 12″ collabo with Airhead for Brainmath and then an EP for another family run imprint of equal standing – Hessle Audio – flipping more oddly mesmerising bass sketches, but hinted at a desire to kill ‘em in the club via a handful of bootlegs of Lil Wayne, Snoop and Destiny’s Child. Then, with the hype around his off-kilter productions building nicely, James blew the roof off with his EP for the legendary techno imprint R&S which featured the closest thing to an anthem for the post-dubstep generation: ‘CMYK’.

He didn’t stop there though. With the underground press and online media fawning at his feet, a studio recording of Feist’s ‘Limit To Your Love’ (previously a fixture in his live sets with Mount Kimbie) made its way to Gilles P and thereafter every last tastemaker worth his/her salt in the UK and beyond. Featuring James’ breathtaking vocals, piano and a sparse, but powerful drum track, it was a definitely a landmark in the evolution of dubstep, if only for the manner in which it opened up the scene to new, inquisitive ears for whom the likes of Magnetic Man, Rusko and co. did not register.

Newly signed to A&M, James is set to release his debut album via his own Atlas Records imprint on 7th February 2011. To say that it is hotly anticipated is probably the understatement of the year. There’s no doubt that he’s had an awesome 2010, but 2011 will likely eclipse these achievements. Mercury nominations? Brit Awards? Mr Blake is taking his sound to the next level – good luck man!!!