Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Listen: James Blake feat. Chance the Rapper - Life Round Here

Sometimes you just wake up with a James Blake hook in your head, and spend all day at work looping his last two records and a couple of B-sides on your headphones to scratch the proverbial itch. Then you remember Blake recently teamed up with Chicago rap kid of the moment, Chance the Rapper, and you realise your subconscious was probably just trying to tell you to get with the freaking program and hit play on Blake's Soundcloud page all day.

That convoluted lede aside, I'm feeling real happy that I finally went back and listened to this much-blogged and OMG'd collaboration. Chance spits a verse and adds a layer of breathy singing (!) towards the end of the "Life Round Here" remix, giving the already-rather-brilliant song an added boost. It's comforting to hear him rap about buying rounds of ale in a pub on this verse, for reasons that probably relate to a recent week-long trip I took back to London.

According to a Radio 1 interview with Zane Lowe, who premiered the track on his September 17 show, Blake "never felt the track was finished, even when it went on the album," and "always thought there was space for something else." Well, here it is.

In other news, you've probably already heard about Chance's Acid Rap mix tape, chockablock with a roster of strong guest stars and much-hyped online. If not, I'd recommend giving it a listen too.

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