Wednesday, 5 January 2011
IS JAMES BLAKE GOING TO GET FUCKED BY THE MAINSTREAM, CLASSICAL-STYLE?
Judging by a leaked copy of his eponymous debut, it looks that way.
The preponderance of vocals shows up his LDN neo-colloquial accent. A major blunder: could almost be The Maccabees or something. But perhaps this exposé of Burial-esque dubstep as deeply upper-middle-class has been a long time coming?
It didn't bode well when JB revealed that the album was partly inspired by Laura Fucking Marling (NB, in a forthcoming Zero book I will advance the case that Marling is directly or indirectly responsible for nearly all of the most odious things in Britain today).
You can't help feeling that in another, better era, Blake would've heeded the golden principle of British electronica: stick to the beats.
It's like all those Zane Lowe Hottest Record in the World Right Nows and Brit Critics' Choice nominations have communicated a radically antithetical message: why don't you flatter your ego a little by slapping middlebrow nu-folk vocal lines on top of everything and doing Feist covers - just a little something to entice the daytime radio demographic?
A real shame.