As teased earlier in the week, James Blake has released a new four-track EP called Before. He has called it “a yearning for dancefloor elation” and admitted that it displays him “finally having confidence to put my own voice on dancefloor rhythms”.
It harkens back to his early days of releasing EPs like the beloved CMYK and The Bells Sketch as it foregrounds more electronically adventurous soundscapes – although his diaphanous voice is still very much a part of it. It feels like a combination of everything we’ve come to know James Blake for, and could be an indicator of where he’s headed next.
Below is the video for “Before”, and you can hear the full EP here.
James Blake will be performing a DJ set for Boiler Room this Friday, October 16, at 10pm GMT. You can RSVP to that here.