New James Blake – “Love What Happened Here” / “At Birth”

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James Blake is making us all look bad – the young Londoner is basically singlehandedly responsible for creating a unique brand of dubstep that amalgamates ambient and pop elements just enough to appeal to the masses, and now he’s got another release, his third in 2011, dropping in time for Christmas. Based on the two tracks we’ve heard from the three-song release, Blake’s mastery of game-changing beatmaking continues to be absolutely mind-boggling and totally refreshing.

A-side “Love What Happened Here” lays soulful samples, all horns and organs, over Blake’s signature stuttering, staggered drum machine – the end result is endlessly repeat-listenable. As for “At Birth,” which will be one of the release’s two b-sides – it’s a little darker, and a little clubbier, employing some of that dubby bass heartbeat Blake’s employed to such avail in the past, but also more ambient: Blake’s soft voice seems miles away, buried beneath a wash of drum machine that sounds like rain.

James Blake – “Love What Happened Here”

James Blake – “At Birth”

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