Boomkat Product Review:
Exciting times for the Hemlock imprint with this debut twelve from James Blake (member of the much tipped Mount Kimbie) getting bountiful props for the last few weeks. There's a musical element to "Air & Lack Thereof" borrowed from easy listening/exotica with a cleverly utilised sampled hook imbuing proceedings with a much mellower vibe than usually associated with this sort of thing. It kind of sounds like Madlib if he made dubstep, except less complex and with a little extra space. "Sparing The Horse" over on the flip flexes Blake's vocal muscle with a bit of autotune thrown in to good effect, with a more robust squashed two-step vibe delivering an off-kilter vibe that sounds refreshingly un-pigeonholable. Which, in these times, is no small success in itself. Really good twelve = highly recommended!