Hear James Blake’s Moody, Jamie xx-Premiered New Track

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 07.17.14 in News

“I just walked in on you playing your own tune.” That was James Blake, teasing Jamie xx during the xx producer’s guest-DJ set last night on BBC Radio 1. Then Blake evidently dropped off a tune of his own, which subsequently debuted on the program.

Blake recently said he’s about halfway done with his new album, the follow-up to last year’s Overgrown. The likes of Chance the Rapper and even Kanye West are potentially involved, and this track — title yet unknown — would certainly complement their presence well. Its detail-rich, lurching foreboding, nearly instrumental but with the sampled phrase “I think about you,” gently evokes other genre-bridging beat makers such as Clams Casino, Forest Swords, and the Yeezus-foreshadowing TNGHT.

You can hear the chat and track a little after the 28-minute mark here, or stream a radio rip of the music below. Also today, Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur label is streaming fellow U.K. electronic producer Airhead’s new Believe EP via SoundCloud. As for the xx, they’ve been working on their upcoming third album; Jamie xx’s set also premiered new material from John Talabot.