James Blake Plays D’Angelo in Final BBC Radio 1 Gig

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 12.19.14 in News

James Blake‘s BBC Radio 1 residency has become something of a constant presence throughout 2014, and it ended as the year has, with the arrival of D’Angelo’s hallelujah-worthy Black Messiah. During the course of the gig, Blake has debuted material from his of his own (including new EP title track “200 Press” and dreamier EP cut “Building It Still“), remixed Kendrick Lamar and Beyoncé, and revisited his version with fellow London producer Airhead of UGK and OutKast‘s 2007 single “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You),” among other notable plays. Oh yeah, he also once did a fake Burial interview. Last night, Blake brought the residency to a close with a set that included Black Messiah‘s riot-goin’-on “1000 Deaths,” plus material by Kanye West, Donny Hathaway and many others, including David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”

Hear “1000 Deaths” below, and listen to the full set over at BBC Radio 1′s site.