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James Blake

Crafting homemade electronic rhythms into soulful ballads, James Blake has been dubbed the boy wonder of dubstep and acclaimed as one of the most innovative young producers around. A classically trained pianist, Blake studied popular music at Goldsmiths, at the University of London and DJ-ed across the city before his track Air & Lack Thereof was championed by BBC Radio 1 presenters Gilles Peterson and Annie Mac. Their support led to his cover of Feist's Limit To Your Love becoming a big tearjerking anthem that filled the dancefloors with weeping melancholy, and he was named second on the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. His Mercury Music Prize nominated debut James Blake (2011) became one of the highlights of the year, throbbing along to ambient, sub bass lines, while Blake's introspective love songs and forlorn piano playing rose above the digital soundscapes. The album reached Number 9 in the UK charts and Blake went on to be nominated for a BRIT Award, play at the Glastonbury Festival and collaborate with Bon Iver.

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07-07-2011