As Frank Ocean continues to drop surprise transmissions, friend and frequent collaborator James Blake is out here singing his praises. Last night, as the closing number of his FORM Arcosanti set, Blake treated the audience to a touching acoustic rendition of Ocean’s spirited blond(e)d standout, “Godspeed,” on which his track “Always” is actually sampled. Sitting behind baby grand, Blake howls the tune’s heart-crushing hook. Blake’s barebones cover joins dvsn in recent recallibrators.
Last year, Blake released his surprise album, The Colour in Anything, which played host to a rare pre-Endless/blond(e)d Ocean sighting on “My Willing Heart.” In turn, he contributed to Ocean’s “Solo” and “Solo (Reprise,)” featuring Andre 3000. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last Blake/Ocean crossover. Watch James Blake cover Frank Ocean’s “Godspeed” live and direct via The FADER below. Scroll on to peep the remaining dates on Blake’s tour and pick up a copy The Colour in Anything on iTunes.
— The FADER (@thefader) May 15, 2017
James Blake Tour Dates:
Jun 03 @ Output – New York, NY
Jun 09 @ NorthSide – Aarhus, Denmark
Jun 16 @ Parco di Monza – Monza, Italy
Jun 29 @ Festivalpark – Werchter, Belgium