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Playing Robots Into Heaven

James Blake

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On account of being everywhere, he may have felt like he was getting lost. Having become a major producer in the music industry, James Blake was seen on some of the biggest projects in the past few years: records as high-stakes as Travis Scott’s comeback album Utopia in July 2023, or Rosalía’s Motomami the year prior. The year before that, he had signed off on his biggest commercial success Friends That Break Your Heart, accentuated by the single “Coming Back” (featuring SZA). It was a good time for the Englishman to get back to his roots, having emerged at the beginning of the 2010s on the tail end of the short-lived wave of post-dubsteppers like Mount Kimbie and SBTRKT. This wave was spearheaded by labels such as Hessle Audio, Hemlock, or the Belgian R&S, which had released its acclaimed second EP CMYK in 2010.


Now it's the return of James Blake 1.0, with winks to his origins in the English bass music scene, between the dubstep of the excellent “Loading” (with English singer Judie Tzuke, known for her hit “Stay with me till Dawn” in 1979), the grime single “Big Hammer,” and even “Fall Back,” paying homage to Burial’s muted beats. He goes even further back into the history of British dance music with the more techno “Tell Me,” with a beat that rises at full speed and a raving synth loop that vanishes into thin air. And what can be said about the celestial finale, “Playing Robots into Heaven,” a track that, against all odds, lives up to its name perfectly? Some pure, unadulterated James Blake, 100% all-natural! © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz    

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1
Asking To Break
00:02:52

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jameela Jamil, Producer, Additional Producer - Dom Maker, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

2
Loading
00:04:44

Judie Tzuke, ComposerLyricist - Mike Paxman, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Rob Mcandrews, Producer, Additional Producer - Chris Trowbridge, ComposerLyricist - Jameela Jamil, Producer, Additional Producer - Dom Maker, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

3
Tell Me
00:05:00

Joshua Smith, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Rob Mcandrews, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom Maker, Producer, Additional Producer - Scott Garrett Graham, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

4
Fall Back
00:04:01

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Brittany Talia Hazzard, ComposerLyricist - Yaw Evans, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - James Sencherey-Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

5
He's Been Wonderful
00:03:21

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Thomas Lee Barrett, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

6
Big Hammer
00:04:00

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - The Ragga Twins, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Mcandrews, Producer, Additional Producer - David Steven Destouche, ComposerLyricist - Trevor Paul Destouche, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

7
I Want You To Know
00:04:47

Chad Hugo, ComposerLyricist - Calvin Broadus, ComposerLyricist - Pharrell Williams, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - Vic Wainstein, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Khushi, Producer, Additional Producer - Rob Mcandrews, Producer, Additional Producer - Dom Maker, Producer, Additional Producer - Yaw Evans, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - James Sencherey-Evans, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

8
Night Sky
00:03:39

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Rob Mcandrews, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

9
Fire The Editor
00:03:57

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Rob Mcandrews, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jameela Jamil, Producer, Additional Producer

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

10
If You Can Hear Me
00:02:24

Joshua Smith, Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Vocals, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dom Maker, Producer, Co-Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

11
Playing Robots Into Heaven
00:03:54

Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel, Immersive Mix Engineer - James Blake, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recording Engineer, MainArtist, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2023 UMG Recordings, Inc. (A Republic Records / Polydor Records Release)

Album review

On account of being everywhere, he may have felt like he was getting lost. Having become a major producer in the music industry, James Blake was seen on some of the biggest projects in the past few years: records as high-stakes as Travis Scott’s comeback album Utopia in July 2023, or Rosalía’s Motomami the year prior. The year before that, he had signed off on his biggest commercial success Friends That Break Your Heart, accentuated by the single “Coming Back” (featuring SZA). It was a good time for the Englishman to get back to his roots, having emerged at the beginning of the 2010s on the tail end of the short-lived wave of post-dubsteppers like Mount Kimbie and SBTRKT. This wave was spearheaded by labels such as Hessle Audio, Hemlock, or the Belgian R&S, which had released its acclaimed second EP CMYK in 2010.


Now it's the return of James Blake 1.0, with winks to his origins in the English bass music scene, between the dubstep of the excellent “Loading” (with English singer Judie Tzuke, known for her hit “Stay with me till Dawn” in 1979), the grime single “Big Hammer,” and even “Fall Back,” paying homage to Burial’s muted beats. He goes even further back into the history of British dance music with the more techno “Tell Me,” with a beat that rises at full speed and a raving synth loop that vanishes into thin air. And what can be said about the celestial finale, “Playing Robots into Heaven,” a track that, against all odds, lives up to its name perfectly? Some pure, unadulterated James Blake, 100% all-natural! © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz    

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