Run It Back: Why The Kid Cudi + James Blake LPs Are More Than A Spring Fling

by (@Lacezilla)


Let’s face it: You can’t listen to everything when it first comes out, and if you’re like most people, a lot of music releases get lost in the shuffle. That’s where we come in.

With less than a month left before spring turns to summer, we’re already wondering where the days have gone these past few months. Music is similar; it’s hard to catch your breath amid all of the deluxe LPs and online-only releases, but whether you listen to every new album that surfaces or you’re a hyper-selective music snob, albums dropped this season that definitely deserve a little more alone time. After we convince you with the selections below, do yourself a favor and take a sonic sampling via our Spotify playlist.

James Blake Overgrown

James Blake is a critical darling selling out mulitple shows in the biggest domestic cities and in Europe, and for good reason. A follow-up to his 2011 self-titled album, Overgrown is generally categorized as dubstep, but with rich soundscapes, Blake takes listeners on an emotional, electronic journey that also weaves in funk, gospel, jazz and R+B elements. Not an artist pandering to radio programming, the UK songwriter and producer continues to maintain his reputation for crafting a cohesive record in the second LP that’s perfect to listen to on a rainy day wandering the streets of New York or in the car during a long drive. A brooding lyricist, Blake’s got soul, and his intricate songs are surely worth getting lost in, again and again.

Stand-Out Tracks: RZA-featured “Take A Fall For Me,” piano-laden “DLM,” the single “Retrograde,” and the haunting title-track.

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