He’s only just released his debut LP but James Blake is already thinking about where his sound is heading next. Could it be that we’re going to get something inspired by Joni Mitchell? In his Maida Vale session, that we rushed home to catch on Radio 1 last night, the Enfield boy covered the Canadian legend’s 1971 track ‘A Case of You’, explaining how he was a great admirer of her songwriting skills. “It’s so different from what I do but it’s something I’ve always loved” he said, hinting that he’d like to try her style of songwriting in the future “she’s just remarkable”.
Listen here to that cover which, we think you’ll agree, is pretty special too.
But while he didn’t pick up a love of Joni Mitchell from his parents (“I discovered that for myself” he told a bemused Zane) the session also had a family connection. As he’s hinted at over the last few weeks, the melody of ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ is borrowed from something his father produced, the James Litherland track ‘Where to Turn’. “This is the track that spurred on The Wilhelm Scream” he explained “It was a track that I grew up listening to because my dad was producing it. It was going around the house for weeks. It became a song for me as well so I think it’s time people heard the original”
Update: James Blake wrote this on Twitter last night. Darth Vader style.
If you’re curious to know what it sounds like, listen below or buy it from Amazon.
Make sure to listen again to the whole interview on BBC.co.uk. Zane and Blake have a great chat, including details about where the next album may be recorded, this LP’s reception and if he was cool in school…