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James Blake is expected to follow up 2013’s stellar Overgrown with Radio Silence, his highly-anticipated third LP featuring Kanye West and Justin Vernon. Though a release date has yet to be announced, this week the UK crooner is tiding fans over with a cover of a classic song.
During the latest installment of his BBC Radio 1 Residency, Blake debuted his rendition of the Simon & Garfunkel standard “The Sound of Silence”. The “Retrograde” maestro’s chilling vocals, coupled with his sobering production and the overall melancholic spirit of the original, make for a cover that’s equal parts heavenly and haunting. Listen below.
Blake’s Thursday program also included a mix comprised of tracks by Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Connan Mockasin, and Juicy J, as well as a guest appearance by Vernon. Replay the whole thing here.