RETROGRADE – JAMES BLAKE

Though he may be known to some as Kanye’s favourite artist, London’s James Blake needs no introduction from the “imma let you finish” rapper. His latest album won the 2013 Mercury Prize and he was nominated for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy Awards (he also happens to be dating Theresa Wayman from Warpaint, which might just be cooler than the other two accolades). “Retrograde” is the single I return to most often. It’s sombre and dark, but has this incredibly beautiful build that hints at some kind of redemption. Personally, he had me at “be the girl you loved.” What a lovely lyric to think on: be the girl you loved.

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