James Blake on Social Media, Collaborations and Making His New Album in Lockdown

Published Oct 08 2021 at 10:29 AM GMT
  • James Blake probably had a busier 2020 than most people.
  • The British artist spent the year putting together and releasing two EPs, each of which offered a starkly different direction for his output.
  • The first, October"s Before, nodded to the dance music and club culture that Blake has his roots in, while the second -- aptly titled Covers -- consists of six piano-led covers, including a new version of Frank Ocean's "Godspeed,' which quickly achieved millions of streams.
  • On the back of those two projects, Blake has now released Friends That Break Your Heart, his fifth studio album.
  • Unsurprisingly for an album that was largely written and recorded over the past 18 months, it is heavily shaped by Blake's experience of a tumultuous period, including lockdowns and restrictions in his adopted LA home.



  • Published Oct 8, 2021 10:29 AM GMT