James Blake – Assume Form

Well, it didn’t take 2019 too long to produce its first truly brilliant album. “To @jameelajamil [sic] I love you and you are the reason this album exists”, said James Blake about his girlfriend, of his fourth record, Assume Form, and, in many ways, that’s the greatest way to describe the record. It’s a love letter of an album and one that instantly opposes his last record, The Colour in Anything. While that was overlong, and at times a messy demise into sheer melancholy, Assume Form is a far more refined effort that sees Blake explore his emotions in a far more productive way. Arguably his most complete record, Assume Form implements elements of hip-hop and electronica to produce his greatest atmosphere yet. It’s a beautiful, soaring and ambient modernist pop record if ever there was one.

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