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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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James Blake, music’s most requested collaborator, opens up

NEW YORK (AP) — Some people get lots of invitations. James Blake gets the right ones. He’s had a role on two of the greatest albums of the last decade — Beyonce’s delicious “Lemonade” and Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize-winner “Damn.” He worked on another impactful and culturally relevant album, Jay-Z’s “4:44”; he’s part of Travis […]
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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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New Music Friday For Jan. 18: 7 Albums You Should Hear Now

It's a brand-new season of New Music Friday and our 2019 debut includes the sparkling, smart pop of Maggie Rogers, swooning love songs from James Blake, new Pedro The Lion, Deerhunter and more.(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)
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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.
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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...
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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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Critic’s Pick: James Blake Finds Love, Moodily, on ‘Assume Form’

The English musician’s style has seeped into pop’s commercial mainstream. On his fourth album, his greatest challenges are his own past and a new lyrical frontier: intimacy.
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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 Announces 'Assume Form,' A New Album Due Out Next Week

The star singer and producer's new album will feature guest performances by Travis Scott, André 3000, Moses Sumney, Rosalía and more.(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)
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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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4 impressions of Travis Scott’s Astroworld tour and first sold-out show at the Forum

To say that Travis Scott is having a moment right now is an understatement. “Astroworld,” his third full-length album, debuted at No. 1 in August, his second consecutive collection to do so, made Top 10 lists for best records of 2018 for outlets such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Complex and Uproxx, while also earning a Grammy nomination for best rap album. Tickets for his current Wish You Were Here tour quickly sold-out two nights at the Forum this week and a just-announced second leg of the tou...
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These are the 14 biggest music festival moments in Southern California this year

2018 might have been the year we reached peak festival, with more than 50 notable events with big-name headliners happening around Southern California. Tens of thousands of fans flocked to beaches of Orange County, the Coachella Valley desert, parks in Downtown Los Angeles and ext to the Queen Mary in Long Beach and even a racetrack in Fontana. Our team saw a lot of music at a lot of festivals in 2018 (and let’s be honest, ate a lot of festival tacos, too) and 2019 looks to be even busier. But b...
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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...
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Concert Review: Jorja Smith Lights up Gala Party at New York’s Guggenheim Museum

In recent years some of New York’s most unusual concerts have taken place at its most prestigious museums, either as special events or as entertainment at benefit parties for donors and members. We’ve seen artists ranging from The Weeknd and Robyn to James Blake and even Tei Shi performing at the Museum of Modern Art; […]
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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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Janelle Monáe burns it down at Music Tastes Good with James Blake and Lizzo other highlights of Day 2

Janelle Monáe performs on the Franklin Stage during day two of the Music Tastes Good festival in Long Beach on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Janelle Monáe performs on the Franklin Stage during the Music Tastes Good festival in Long Beach on Sunday, September 30, 2018. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Janelle Monáe performs on the Franklin Stage during the Music Tastes ...
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