After an album crammed with star features in 2019 (Assume Form, with Travis Scott, Andre 3000, Moses Sumney, Rosalia and Metro Boomin), James Blake hasn’t shown any sign of slowing throughout the strange year that is 2020.
He has made a cover of Frank Ocean’s Godspeed, released the two singles You’re Too Precious and Are You Even Real as well as a collaboration with slowthai and Mount Kimbie on Feel Away in September. The hyperactive British artist is back already with this EP consisting of four similarly dreamlike tracks, but each in their own style.
I Keep Calling opens the affair with its contrast of lyrical singing, 2-step beats and throbbing bass, while Before is a ballad sang on top of distorted house kicks that quickly spiral into the cosmos. Another success is Do You Ever, a nice unstable bass R&B track, but the auto-tuned Summer of Now is less convincing, a little too alternative for the premium pop artist James Blake has now become.