James Blake - Before
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Based on 255 ratings
2020 Ratings: #390
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October 14, 2020 / Release Date
EP / Format
Polydor, Republic / Label
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80
NME

On new EP ‘Before’, he takes this newfound freedom, albatross firmly removed from around his neck, and dives back into his love for club culture, bringing with him everything he’s learned along the way.

70
Clash

A project which doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of his studio albums, the Before EP nevertheless reaffirms James Blake as one of the most exciting and era-defining artists currently working.

nicoperagine
69
James Blake is undoubtedly an all-time favorite artist of mine.

Though this maybe some of my least favorite works of his, it is still decent. While I see this as a step down from his recent singles, they have a character about them that fulfills what a project needs as opposed to a single track. The opening track begins with a cluster of sound that I literally hate but for the most part, the EP only rises and gets better from there. We get a noisy build-up that gets wiped out and is followed ... read more
MRusso98
75
Finally some new James Blake dance material. I've been a fan of this since his debut album. Easily the best EP i've heard this year, i hope he continues in this way. I expected just a bit more from Summer Of Now after the first 30 seconds.

FAVORITE TRACK: Before
louisomahoney
65
This raised the hairs on my spine. Chilling, but a beauty nonetheless.

This is the 2nd project I have heard from James Blake, the only other one I have heard is his self-titled debut and I love that record, while I can't say I loved this it has its moments and its an incredibly catchy glitch-pop album, nothing mind-blowing though.

FAV TRACKS: Summer Of Now
MattsReviews
67
Don't get me wrong, this EP has it's small moments and it's very chill and I sorta like it, but there's really nothing to write home about at all. The songs are solid but nothing much I feel the need to come back to this. It's just, decent, but I am still excited for a new full-length LP from him and have high hopes.
FoxInTheCity
63
Whilst there's nothing crazy about the new James Blake EP, it has some beautiful chill moody, vibey tunes to dance to in your room during the lockdown.

Highlight: Before
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Track List

  1. I Keep Calling
  2. Before
  3. Do You Ever
  4. Summer Of Now
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Added on: October 10, 2020