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“No one above the age of 21 was involved in the making of this album. This album was recorded in one 10 hour session. Thanks to our friends, family, loved ones and anyone who fucks with us.”

Avant-garde jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD make their return today with the release of BBNG2, an eleven-song record composed of hip hop covers as well as original songs. This time around, the ridiculously talented Toronto group tackles the music of James Blake, Kanye West, and even Odd Future, but also contribute five new songs of original material that are even more appealing than their covers.

If you aren’t yet familiar with BADBADNOTGOOD, you can preview the entire album below through their Bandcamp. Once you’re satisfied, you can head over to their website for a free download of the album in multiple file formats.


Download: James Blake Live Album (Unofficial)

Head over to James Blake‘s tumblr or this direct link to download a fan-compiled live album that the English electronic musician is offering for free. Blake is coming off of a busy year in which he not only released his debut self-titled album but two separate EPs, and given the rate at which he has put out music in the past, there should be even more expected in 2012. The live album contains cuts from all three of his recent releases, fantastic earlier EPs, and some unreleased tracks. Check out the tracklisting below:

James Blake Live:

01. Unluck (Live)
02. The Wilhelm Scream (Live)
03. I Never Learnt To Share (Live)
04. Lindisfarne (Live)
05. Limit To Your Love (Live)
06. Give Me My Month (Live)
07. To Care (Like You) (Live)
08. Anti-War Dub (Live)
09. Klavierwerke (Live)
10. CMYK (Live)
11. Once We All Agree (Live)
12. A Case Of You (Live)
13. Enough Thunder (Live)
14. Love What Happened Here (Live)
15. Tep And The Logic (Live)

Bon Iver Wins Q Award, Discusses Future Collaborations

Q Magazine dished out honors yesterday for its Q Awards, in which Bon Iver received a well-deserved award for “Best New Album”. After receiving the award, Vernon discussed his recent collaborations with Kanye West and James Blake, stating that they were “awesome” and hinting that there was more to come. On his recent collaboration with Blake, Vernon stated that the two were “mutual fans”, that “it became pretty obvious” that the two should work together, and that the two would be doing “a lot in the future”. Check out Darcy’s review of the new Bon Iver album right here and click read more to check out the short interview with Q Magazine. You can also watch Bon Iver perform on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland (via P4K).

Other award winners include Coldplay with “Best Act in the World Today”, WU LYF with “Best New Act”, Lana Del Rey with “Next Big Thing”, and Snow Patrol with a peculiar “Best Classic Song” award.

James Blake Performs “Enough Thunder” and More at KEXP

There are only a few days left between now and October 10, but James Blake fans can shorten the wait for his new EP, Enough Thunder, by checking out a live performance of the title track, along with five other tracks from the self-titled LP, that Blake did over at KEXP.

Enough Thunder will be out in the UK on the 10th and in the US on the 4th.

James Blake Announces ‘Enough Thunder’


Since unleashing his epic collaboration with Bon Iver‘s Justin Vernon on the world,James Blake has stirred quite a bit of discussion about something new called Enough Thunder, which was included in the Youtube description for “Fall Creek Boys Choir”. Now we know that it is the name of Blake’s forthcoming EP, which will be released on October 10 via Atlas Records, the same independent label that released his critically-acclaimed self-titled debut this past February.

The six-track EP will include “Fall Creek Boys Choir”, a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You”, and four new songs.

If you haven’t heard it already, you can listen to “Fall Creek Boys Choir” after the break. You can also grab it on iTunes here.

Jamie xx’s BBC Essential Mix

joomplu:318There’s no denying that The xx‘s Jamie xx is an extremely talented solo producer. After producing The xx’s self-titled debut, the Mercury Prize Winner went on to remix the late Gil-Scott Heron on We’re New Here and then released a new single entitled “Far Nearer”. A few days ago, Jamie took over the DJ booth and spun a two-hour mix for the BBC Essential Mix series. You can listen to entire mix in full below, courtesy of Young Turks. There are some great songs included from such artists as Orbital, WileyJames Blake, and ends with Jamie’s own mix of Radiohead‘s “Bloom”.

Full tracklisting for Jamie’s mix is available after the break.


Listen: James Blake & Bon Iver – “Fall Creek Boys Choir”

joomplu:313James Blake and Bon Iver‘s first and widely anticipated collaborative track, “Fall Creek Boys Choir”, was just released by Blake on his Youtube page. Featuring production by Blake and vocals from Vernon, “Fall Creek Boys Choir” is a pretty minimalistic effort. Vernon’s signature auto-tuned falsetto meshes pretty well with the simple, thumping bassline throughout the song. My only complaint? Blake seems to be incorporating a random dog bark in the beat, which seems to disturb the flow of the song rather than help it. Give the track a listen below.

The track will be available for purchase on iTunes next week on August 29, 2011 and according to the Youtube page, “Enough Thunder – Oct 2011”. Could it be another new song or a full-fledged EP or album? No word yet, but any further efforts by these two should be of extremely high quality.

James Blake and Bon Iver Collaboration on August 24

joomplu:307Now that Kanye West and Jay-Z have teamed up and released Watch The Throne, it seems like more superstar collaborations are in our future. Indie kings James Blakeand Bon Iver, who both released critically-acclaimed albums this year, have teamed up and will be releasing, well, something. Taking to his Twitter account, Blake posted the following cryptic message: “24th August 2011 – James Blake & Bon Iver ‘Fall Creek Boys Choir'”. Justin Vernon owns a studio in Fall Creek, Wisconsin and the two both have incredible singing voices. As for what this project will be? No real details have been revealed.

Stream Two New James Blake Songs

Head over to Pitchfork to listen to two minimalistic new songs by electronic/dubstep producer James Blake. The two songs, “Order” and “Pan”, will be released as a single on July 11th by Hemlok. Blake was runner-up in BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll and released his self-titled debut album February 7th on Atlas Records.

Listen: James Blake – “Give A Man A Rod (Alternate)”

British artist/producer James Blake has been considered by many to be one of the leaders of the dubstep and post-dubstep musical movements. His latest track, a reworking of the The Bells Sketch tune “Give A Man A Rod”, is probably the closest he has come to traditional dubstep music. The new song will be featured on Hessle Audo’s new label compilation 116 & Rising, out on May 16. You can purchase the compilationhere.

Check out the song below.