James Blake 'BBC Radio 1 Residency' (stream)
Published May 16, 2014While James Blake tends to please us enough with those smooth, post-dubstep soundscapes and that butter-melting croon of his, the UK musician can also whip up a pretty good playlist. He's back at it again, dusting off oldies and showcasing some mysterious new tunes for the BBC, and you can check out this latest session now.
Crafted as a Radio 1 Residency, Blake dives deep into soul territory with vintage tracks from the likes of Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway, salutes Prince a couple of times, and throws a peace sign to Peter Gabriel by closing things out with the singer's "Here Comes the Flood." On the contemporary tip, he showcases his own "Life Round Here," while also serving us songs from Zomby, Jamie xx, Oneohtrix Point Never and more.
Perhaps the most interesting tune of the bunch is the second track, "Bell," a minimalist synthscape credited to Nat King Scrondle. Blake seemed a little hesitant to say who played the track, so it's possible this could be a pseudonym, though that could just be speculation. It has a soft house touch to it, and can be streamed along with the rest of the mix over here.