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Jun 18

James Blake - Lindisfarne/ Unluck

James Blake - Lindisfarne*/ Unluck

Oh yeah, double A side, the one problem I have with his record is that it’s a little bit too repetitive for me, sometimes. I mean I don’t mind all the challenges he set up for his listeners, it’s just when you go to the center, you’re greeted with all these small, pretty but repetitive vocals. For times, I think I don’t mind to be brainwashed by them since they are pretty sweet and em, pretty, but other times, I still have doubts. But generally this is still an challenging but enjoyable album. Lindisfarne on the album is an two parts affair, this single is a combined edit of the two. It’s mild, it’s warm, but maybe a little bit nothingness-like for me, pardon for my cheesiness. Unluck on the other hand is an instant like though, yeah catchy enough for me, lol. I think “dubstep” is a little bit debatable, let’s just say it’s minimalist electronica to a new height.

* I have to warn you about the video for Lindisfarne, if you’re ok for some unpleasant, even disgusting visuals, then proceed…

genre: electronica, minimal, alternative, experimental, soul, dubstep
rating: Lindisfarne: 3.5/5 stars Unluck: 4/5 stars

Feb 05

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream

This is a strong track. It is slightly haunting, and very catchy. Everything is deep to the core and beautiful. There maybe shortcomings in his song writing skill, but there’s this something, that grabs me so much. I don’t really care what it is, maybe it’s the core thing, I just let it swirl into my heart and let it stay for however long it wants. Feels incredible.

genre: dubstep, minimal, ambient, electronic
rating: 4/5 stars

Jan 24

Special: Wonderful Covers - James Blake, Ingrid Michaelson

James Blake - Limit to Your Love (Feist)

The original is great, and what James basically does is to deepen it more. While I don’t necessary like music that are “deep”, I love this cover. What stands out for me the most is his use of his voice, which is wonderful, plus it’s naturally full of character, I can really feel his emotion here. INDEED AMAZING. ^^

genre: minimal, dubstep
rating: 4/5 stars

Ingrid Michaelson - Parachute (Cheryl Cole)

Strictly speaking, this isn’t too much a cover, the song was originally co-written by Ingird for Cheryl and now she sings it back. The original version is slightly dark and elegant and this new one is cute and lively. It’s very clever to provide something quite the opposite, and thus gives it a fresh and new feel. I love them both, and am highly recommending them both… (yes, still recommending Cheryl’ one, I’m still loving that jam.) ; )

genre: indie pop
rating: 4/5 stars