Libra - James Blake - upcoming EP (2011, R&S)
It’s been a massive year for good ol’ J Blizzy. First up was his self-titled debut LP, released to widespread acclaim, but also generating some more polarized opinions, especially in regards to its stylistic step away from the heavy dubstep influence apparent in his earlier EPs. But a couple of months later he dropped Order and Pan on Hemlock, a sharp turn back towards dubstep, albeit with some very minimalist, stripped back production. Then, just earlier this month, he released his Enough Thunder EP on Atlas, his most polarizing release yet, and definitely the least dubsteppy (at least on the surface).
But obviously that wasn’t enough, Blake is now set to hit a label trifecta this year— R&S just announced that a new James Blake EP is due out through them by December. Haters and general ‘meh’sayers of his Enough Thunder can rejoice, as this likely indicates that this release will be be infused with a lot more dubstep, along the lines of his earlier EP releases on R&S, CMYK and Klavierwerke. You can check out a rip of Libra, one of the upcoming tracks off the EP here.