James Blake

Music , Rap, hip-hop and R&B
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James Blake

Though the long-anticipated Kanye verse on James Blake's latest album, The Colour in Anything, fell through, the dubstepper cum electro-soul crooner has racked up an impressive star-studded list of collaborations this year nonetheless: contributions from Bon Iver and Frank Ocean, production from Rick Rubin and two tracks on Beyoncé's Lemonade. It seems the inspiration from so many equally innovative peers augmented the scope of the Brit's trademark falsetto R&B from dubstep-flecked sparsity to a more expansively textured landscape—a welcome, poignant transformation.

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