‘Retrograde’ is the first single from James Blake’s forthcoming album.
Zane Lowe premiered the track on Radio 1 last night in the public launch of Blake’s follow-up album campaign. ‘Overgrown’ comes two years after the Londoner’s breakthrough, self-titled debut, and is said to depart from the dubstep-tinged previous effort with ‘reinterpretations of both hip-hop and house’.
Beneath his inimitably striking vocals are drawn-out synths and slowly alternating kicks and snares. The stripped-back finish departs from much of his material to date, ‘Retrograde’ is an exciting glimpse of what’s to come.
Buy ‘Retrograde’ from February 11, and the album from April 8.