James Blake Recording “Aggressive” New Music, Wants To Collaborate With Bon Iver Again

    Spinner posted a pretty revealing interview with James Blake today that touches on where the British wunderkind is headed next musically. And if he keeps going down the same path, it looks like we might be hearing some more club-oriented music from Blake. He also said that his more recent material is more “aggressive” because the electronic influence has hit him in a different way. He also said that he and Bon Iver plan on collaborating again after recording “Fall Creek Boys Choir” last year.

    You can read snippets of the interview below and check the full thing out at Spinner.


    Speaking of which, we heard that you’re working on some “clubby” new songs.

    I have been. A lot of the vocal music I’ve been doing recently has been quite clubby. But that’s mainly because I’ve had more time to go to clubs, and that normally breeds that kind of influence. I’ve been doing quite a few DJ sets recently, which have been really fun.


    Cool, and what are you veering towards for the new record? Is it more contemplative or dance-floor oriented?

    I think it’s going to be a bit more aggressive, to be honest. It seems that way. I don’t feel more aggressive, it’s just been … it’s just how I feel. In terms of writing more club tracks, writing more electronically influenced — I feel like it was all electronically influenced, but now that influence has come to me in a different way.


    Will you be working further with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver?

    I will be making sure that I visit him as much as possible when I’m in the U.S., and I know that he’ll be in London at some point, as well. We really do want to work on some more stuff together. We get on as people. He’s a great guy, and the collaborations that I normally form are based on friendships, not on A&R moves, so that’s the way it’ll happen.