6 Days to Bonnaroo: James Blake

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: One word. Sunscreen.

James Blake – Saturday, June 14, 8:45 P.M. – That Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Broken Bells, Disclosure 


Generally, I’m a music listener that likes sporadic changes and quick tempo. But that’s not James Blake. His music takes its time, slowly moves, churning like a soft current. There is an overwhelming openness to the music he produces; you can almost feel the breeze it conjures brush past your cheek. And his voice, his voice adds passion to the drifting instrumentals, that may otherwise feel dull. In 2011, Blake released his self-titled debut, and turned the music critics eyes doing so. 2013 was another big year for Blake, his second album Overgrown received another warm welcome and even helped ear him a Grammy nomination.

I’ve just found this remarkable version of “Limit To Your Love” off of Blake’s first album. Feist, who first recorded the song for her 2007 album The Reminder, has been a favorite of mine for sometime; her music always reminds me of my time as a camp counselor, and Blake’s recording does the original supreme justice. He’s a real talent, one who we’ve only started to see shine.