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The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Can you feel it? That slow, soft opening to the year is behind us, and 2019 is officially getting started. This week brought us great-to-excellent albums from Sharon Van Etten, James Blake, Deerhunter, Pedro The Lion, and Aesop Rock & TOBACCO. And the five best … More »
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The 61st GRAMMY Awards nominations 2019 – Complete list

The nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards are here revealing what has been shortlisted as the best in music and legacy music for 2019. Here are all of the nominations for each category of the famed award ceremony. GENERAL FIELD 1. Record Of The Year Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s) and mastering engineer(s), if other than the artist. I LIKE IT Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin Invincible, JWhiteDidIt, Craig Kallman & Tainy, producers; Leslie B...
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The annual Andre 3000 verse is an awesome one

The new James Blake album dropped but I, like many hip hop heads, gravitated to a track featuring… oh, you know, the annual new feature from Andre 3000. In fact, it was @hetalbot (my co-content creator from the Yasiin Bey show the other day) who put me onto this almost instantly after Assume Form dropped in…Continue reading ➞ The annual Andre 3000 verse is an awesome one
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James Blake Returns with ‘Assume Form’ Album

Featuring André 3000, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin, and more.
Tags: Albums, Jazz, James Blake, Travis Scott Metro Boomin


Stream James Blake’s New Album Assume Form

James Blake almost got away with dropping yet another new record with little advance notice. But two weeks ago, Amazon fucked up and gave us something to look forward to. More »
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Album Stream: James Blake ‘Assume Form’

Dating back to the end of last year, rumors started circulating that a new James Blake album was coming in the near future. After teasing fans during that same time frame, the British singer drops his new studio effort Assume Form. Following 2016’s The Color In Anything, the singer/songwriter has been busy working with the likes of JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Travis Scott. Assume Form is 12 tracks, with contributions from Travis Scott, André 3000, ROSALÍA, Moses Sumney & Metro Boomin. The albu...
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New Music: James Blake Feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin “Mile High”

James Blake is one of hip-hop’s go-to collaborators. From Kanye and Hov to Kendrick and Chance, the British singer/producer seems to only work with the best and biggest names in rap. The guest list for his upcoming album, Assume Form, is a testament to that as it features appearances from Travis Scott, Metro Boomin and the elusive André 3000, whose guest verse may be the one we heard earlier this month. With his new album hitting stores and streaming services at midnight tonight, James Blak...
Tags: Jazz, Kanye, Metro, Metro Boomin, New Music, Travis Scott, Blake, Kendrick, James Blake, Hov, Mile High, James Blake Feat Travis Scott, Travis Scott Metro Boomin


James Blake – “Lullaby For My Insomniac”

Just a few hours from now, James Blake will release Assume Form, his truly excellent new album. But first, he's letting a couple tracks trickle out in advance today. We already heard the Travis Scott and Metro Boomin collab "Mile High" today, and last year's single "Don't Miss It" is … More »
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James Blake – “Mile High” (Feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin)

James Blake's highly anticipated new album Assume Form is out tomorrow, and besides last year's "Don't Miss It," he hasn't shared any of the music ahead of time. That changes now. Just 12 hours before the rest of the album is set to drop, Blake has released "Mile High," the album's second song. More »
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Premature Evaluation: James Blake Assume Form

There have always been two James Blakes. There's the one that's been behind the boards for a lot of famous people (Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, to name a few), pumping their songs full of a welcome gravitas. And then there's the Blake that's been present on his solo albums, something of a forlorn … More »
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Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

It's moving day at Valence Media, which means next week we'll be reviewing James Blake in Times Square, baby. Times Square is not the ideal place to commute to, sure, but neither is our current office in midtown. Still, we've been here for two years so let's remember some of our memorable moments on Madison … More »
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James Blake Details New Album Assume Form, Out Next Week

A week from Friday, we will have a new James Blake album in our lives. We learned of the existence of Assume Form, Blake's latest full-length, thanks to an accidental early Amazon listing and some eagle-eyed Reddit commenters, and Blake has been teasing the album ever since. And this morning, Blake … More »
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James Blake Announces New Album ‘Assume Form’ Feat. André 3000 & Travis Scott

Dating back to December of last year, details surrounding a new album from James Blake slowly surfaced online. The British singer/songwriter/producer added to the speculation with the launch of his website assumeform.com and the announcement of his upcoming North American tour. On Thursday (Jan. 10), Blake officially made the announcement, confirming his new album Assume Form. Fans won’t have to wait long as it will arrive on January 18. Travis Scott, André 3000, ROSALÍA, Moses Sumney & Metro...
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James Blake Teases Assume Form

Two days ago, thanks to an early pre-order page on French Amazon, we learned that a new James Blake album called Assume Form is on the way. It'll reportedly be out later this month and feature contributions from André 3000, Travis Scott, Moses Sumney, Rosalía, Metro Boomin, and UK rapper SwaVay. And now … More »
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James Blake’s New Album Assume Form Reportedly Coming This Month

Back in 2016, the foxy British mood-summoner James Blake released The Colour In Anything, his most recent album, with just a day of advance notice. Maybe he planned to do something like that with his next album instead. But thanks to Amazon fuckups and sharp-eyed online fans, we now have time … More »
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The 60 Best Songs of 2018

60. St. Vincent - "Fast Slow Disco" Just because an album is available to purchase doesn't mean the songs are complete. While most acts will add different nuances to their hits in a live setting, Annie Clark is still very much obsessed with the tracks that made up her stellar 2017 effort Masseduction. She took her string-drenched highlight from that record "Slow Disco" and, while touring, turned it into an amped-up dance number, discovering that underneath all the opulence, it was a fist-...
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James Blake Teases New Andre 3000 Collab During DJ Set In Brooklyn

James Blake went deep into the vault to preview a mouthwatering collaboration with André 3000 on Saturday for lucky concertgoers inside NYC's intimate Brooklyn Mirage. During his set behind the boards, the British crooner snuck the unreleased tune into the midst of his set, which some fans were fortunate enough to catch. More »
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James Blake Debuts Unreleased Collaboration with André 3000

In addition to hip-hop heavyweights like Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Kanye West and Travis Scott, André 3000 also counts himself as a James Blake fan. Earlier this year, the pair worked together on the jazzy, 17-minute “Look Ma No Hands,” which was part of the two-song set 3 Stacks blessed us with on Mother’s Day. That isn’t the only music Blake and Benjamin are sitting on, though. During a live show in Brooklyn last weekend, the British singer/producer debuted an unreleased collaboration with 3 ...
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James Blake Announces 2019 North American Tour

James Blake has had a big year. The downtempo, glitchy falsetto crooner consolidated his reputation as a top hip-hop collaborator, working with Travis Scott, SwaVay, and the trio of Jay Rock, Future, and Kendrick Lamar. He released some stunning solo work, like "If The Car Beside You … More »
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10 Covers That Creatively Transform The Original Song

Covers are a a central idea of the western pop scene, often rising to become more famous than the original version of a song. Some of the best covers have been able to truly reimagine a song in a way which gives it a fresh meaning, or causes it to evoke and entirely different feel in the listener. Here we look at ten such examples. _________________________ Guest post by Evan Zwisler of Soundfly's Flypaper Cover songs are ubiquitous in pop culture. In fact, I’d even go as far to...
Tags: Music, New York, California, New York City, Jimi Hendrix, Brooklyn, Guest Post, Shanghai, Tokyo, Kylie Minogue, Kanye, Kurt Cobain, Mitchell, How I Listen, Cadillac, Chet Faker


Beat LA! Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 100th birthday gala rocks!

The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 100th season-opening celebration was a bash for the books. Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, it filled the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday with a potpourri of less than traditional musical offerings, spilled out onto Grand Avenue for a champagne-flowing block party that literally lit up the hall, and ended late into the night swaying to the sophisticated rhythms of Pink Martini! There was not a single note of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Mahler or Mozart to be heard. ...
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New Music To Know This Week: HAERTS Return, Vivian Green Gets Slutry & MOre

HAERTS "New Compassion"The duo who stole our hearts with their 2014 debut are back to whisk us away to dreamland with their new song (and the announcement that they've got a second album coming out in October). This jingle-jangle track, with its late '60s-inspired guitar harmony covered with just a dash of the harmonies that bring Spiritualized to mind, feels like a modern take on a throwback track. They could be encouraging us to "come on people now, smile on your brother" by crooning about ...
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Matthew Klam's Playlist for His Novel "Who Is Rich?"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Matthew Klam's novel Who Is Rich? is a smart and incredibly funny debut. Booklist wrote of the book: "With a perceptive eye and biting humor, [Rich] skewers the participants at th...
Tags: Music, New York, David, Canada, Connecticut, Manhattan, Amy Winehouse, Miami, Carly Simon, Michael Caine, Rolling Stone, Joni Mitchell, Rich, New England, Mitchell, Max Von Sydow


Watch Travis Scott Perform With James Blake At The 2018 VMAs

With Astroworld, Travis Scott has the #1 album in America for the second straight week, much to Nicki Minaj's chagrin. Despite the chart triumph, he was supposed to sit behind Minaj at the VMAs tonight, so he asked to be moved to a different section of Radio City Music Hall to … More »
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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Aphex Twin came back with a new song and video this week, and that's great. But the video turns out to be a glitchy mapped-out computer-brain thing, and it doesn't have any terrifying scenes of anyone wearing a creepy Richard D. James face, so it's not on this list. Instead, this week's picks … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Drake, Tyler The Creator, Straight To Video, Dave Meyers, Travis Scott, James Blake, Richard D James, Kali Uchis, Sevdaliza, D.r.a.m, Karena Evans, Sam Hibbard, Emmanuel Adjei


Travis Scott Releases “Stop Trying to Be God” Video

The Stevie Wonder, Kid Cudi and James Blake-assisted gem gets an equally fresh visual.
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New Video: Travis Scott “Stop Trying To Be God”

Travi$ Scott’s newly released ASTROWORLD album is set to make a huge impact on the charts next week. Scott’s third studio effort is now on pace to produced the second-highest selling week on Billboard. Industry sources project ASTROWORLD to sell 450-500k (170-195k in pure album sales). Only Drake’s Scorpion has had biggest sales week in 2018. Before the final numbers come in, La Flame connects with famed director Dave Meyers for the “Stop Trying To Be God” music video. Filled with various re...
Tags: Videos, Jazz, Drake, Houston, Kylie Jenner, Scorpion, Dave Meyers, Travis Scott, Scott, James Blake, Travi Scott, Astroworld, La Flame, Travis Scott Feat Drake, Stop Trying To Be God


Travis Scott – “Stop Trying To Be God” Video (Feat. James Blake & Kylie Jenner)

Travis Scott released his star-studded new album Astroworld last week. Today, he shares the star-studded music video for the most star-studded track on the album, "Stop Trying To Be God," which brings together Earth, Wind, & Fire's Philip Bailey, James Blake, Kid Cudi, and Stevie Wonder. As it happens, Scott plays God in … More »
Tags: Video, Music, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Jenner, Kid Cudi, Dave Meyers, Travis Scott, Scott, Stevie, James Blake, Philip Bailey, Philip Bailey James Blake Kid Cudi


Premature Evaluation: Travis Scott Astroworld

There's a moment on Travis Scott's new album Astroworld that's among the prettiest things I've heard in recent memory, and Travis Scott doesn't have anything directly to do with it. I'm talking about the part of "Stop Trying To Be God," the album's sixth song, where James Blake is singing and Stevie Wonder is playing … More »
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