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Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, The Klaxons and now The Vaccines; pretty much every year the British music press produces a deafening din, working themselves into a frenzy over whatever they've anointed The Next Big Thing.
Well, call Brit laptop-soul singer James Blake the Next Quiet Thing. Over the course of 2010, Blake subtly romanced listeners with a series of mysterious EPs like CMYK and Klavierwerke. These records combined the intimate heartbreak of Bon Iver, the R&B leanings of Hot Chip and the glitchy beats of dubstep titans like Burial (who you should certainly look up if you haven't listened yet).
James Blake's self-titled debut lbum takes things in absolutely gorgeous directions. While songs remain hushed and stitched together, the 22-year-old singer accentuates his melodies and pop chops. Nowhere is this more evident than on the gorgeous ballad "Limit To Your Love."
"Limit To Your Love" finds James Blake stepping out from behind the protection of his laptop and all of its tricks and treatments (not that those tricks aren't engaging as all get out), performing a tender torch song, unadorned with any effects. The effect of which is pretty stunning.
Check out James Blake's wonderful video for "Limit To Your Love," below. CMYK and Klavierwerke are both out now, and James Blake is due out next month.