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Track Listing
Unluck (3:04)
The Wilhelm Scream (4:36)
I Never Learnt to Share (4:52)
Lindesfarne I (2:43)
Lindesfarne II (2:59)
Limit to Your Love (4:40)
Give Me My Month (1:54)
To Care (Like You) (3:54)
Why Don't You Call Me (1:36)
I Mind (3:35)
Measurements (4:21)
You Know Your Youth (Bonus Track) (2:20)
Notes / Reviews

James Blake is the debut studio album by London-based dubstep producer James Blake. It was released in both the United Kingdom and the United States on his own label, ATLAS, supported by A&M Records, on 7 February 2011. The release was supported with the release of its first single, "Limit to Your Love", on 28 November 2010.

The album's details, including artwork and track listing, were announced on 20 December 2010. The album was leaked the next day.


James Blake builds on the material released by Blake as three EPs in 2010: The Bells Sketch, CMYK and Klavierwerke. All three EPs have differing musical styles. Mike Powell of online music magazine Pitchfork noted it was "amazing" that so much material could be released in such a short period of time. However, despite the amount of music released by Blake in 2010, most of the material on his debut album is completely new.

In interviews about the album, Blake cited fellow Londoners the xx as an influence, telling Clashs Robin Murray their success with debut xx "made it a lot easier for me". He added that the band's acclaim meant listeners "are gonna be a lot less shocked by ".

Blake, speaking to Jo Youle and Mark Savage of the BBC, said that a lot of the vocals on the album were by him, despite relying more heavily on samples in previous work. "There are times when it might seem there's a sample being used, but I've just sampled myself. That's what makes this record special compared to everything I've done."

Before the album's release, Blake was named in both BBC's "Sound of 2011" shortlist, and came second to Jessie J in the running for the BRIT Awards' Critics' Choice Award.

Critical reception

Critical reception has so far been positive; The Observers Kitty Empire said James Blake is "already one of the most critically anticipated albums of 2011". The album has also been described as "a sort of dubstep Nebraska or Sea Change, a record filled with self-revelation, introspection, and naked humanity." Appearing as their cover star as the new act to watch in 2011, Clash (magazine) hailed Blake as "The crown prince of the quiet revolution".

Chart performance


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Artist/Band Information

James Blake is a British electronic composer from London, England. On 6 January 2011, Blake was announced as runner-up in BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. His self-titled debut album was released in the UK on 7 February 2011.

James Blake is the son of James Litherland.


During September 2009, Blake began his final year at Goldsmiths, where he studied popular music. Having attended The Latymer School, Blake was persistent in recording songs in his bedroom during his time in education.

James began his music career by releasing his debut 12" vinyl, entitled "Air & Lack Thereof" in the United Kingdom during July 2009. Having been releasing on the imprint record label, Hemlock Audio, the extended-play was favourited by BBC Radio 1 DJ Gilles Peterson. Soon after the release of the Vinyl, Blake was invited by Peterson to do a special mix on his international show, including an exclusive Mount Kimbie track.

A second Vinyl-exclusive extended play, entitled "CMYK" was released through R&S Records during 2010. The title track, "CMYK" was selected by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as his Record of the Week and also received airplay from multiple other DJs.

On 29 September 2010, Zane Lowe selected Blake's version of "Limit to Your Love" as his Hottest Record in the World. The song was a cover version that was originally recorded by singer Feist and appeared on her studio album, The Reminder. The single was released in the United Kingdom on 28 November 2010"", retrieved 2011-01-06, where it debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 47"", retrieved 2011-01-06.

Blake was announced on 6 December 2010 to have placed on BBC's Sound of 2011, an annual poll that highlights the forthcoming year's likely successful musicians"", retrieved 2011-01-06. It was then revealed on 6 January 2011 that Blake has positioned in second place, ahead of fellow shortlisted acts; The Vaccines, Jamie Woon and Clare Maguire, who reached third, fourth and fifth respectively. It was also revealed on 15 December 2010 that Blake had been made the runner-up behind singer-songwriter Jessie J at the BRIT Awards' Critic's Choice"". In January 2011, Blake was awarded Single of the Year (2010) for CMYK at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.

Blake's work found itself on numerous 2010 year-end best-of lists, with "CMYK" ranking 24th on Frontier Psychiatrist's top 40 songs of the year, the Bells Sketch/CMYK/Klavierwerke EPs ranking 8th on Pitchfork Media's top 50 albums of 2010, and I Only Know (What I Know Now) ranking 8th on PItchfork's top 100 tracks of 2010 .

Having spent the majority of 2010 recording his debut album, Blake revealed in late December that his album would be self-titled and would see release in the United Kingdom on 7 February 2011. James Blake, an 11-track album which features the single "Limit to Your Love", will be made available as a digital download, CD and 12" vinyl"", Retrieved 2011-01-06. Only days after the announcement was made, the album was leaked onto the internet. On 9 January 2011, circulation began of "The Wilhelm Scream" being released as the album's second single Retrieved 2011-01-09., with a scheduled release date of 7 March in the United Kingdom Youtube, Retrieved 2011-02-09..


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