James Blake - Digital Lion In the second James Blake treat of the day, hear his masterful collaboration with Brian Eno.
If you’ve just finished up listening to the ripped dub of James Blake’s Voyeur then hold that thought: this afternoon 1-800-DINOSAUR uploaded ‘Overgrown’ cut Digital Lion on Soundcloud – which in itself is exciting enough, not least because it’s a collaboration with Brian Eno (you might have heard of him).
If the dub version of Voyeur displayed James’ knack for tension and release, then Digital Lion cranks this up a level, shifting beguilingly between the tenderest of vocal interludes and sparse, uncompromising passages of beatwork. After the ascendant, assured Retrograde, Digital Lion signals a masterful intertwining of the club abstraction of James’ early R&S releases and his neo-soul self-titled debut. If that’s a meeting set to feature throughout ‘Overgrown’, then we may have something genuinely special on the way.