SXSW Recap: Newcomer James Blake Crosses the Pond

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Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM
click to enlarge James Blake - SIRAN BABAYAN
  • Siran Babayan
  • James Blake

What: James Blake

Where: Stubb's, Austin, TX

When: March 16

Of all the buzzed about artists at SXSW, 22-year-old British electronica-pop crooner James Blake is certainly worthy of the hype. Blake's been a critic's darling since producing three EPs in 2010 and his just released self-titled debut, on which the singer sets a wounded, warbling falsetto (think Antony and the Johnsons meets D'Angelo) against a sparse, ambient dubstep soundscape, breathing soul into a soul-sucking genre.

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