James Blake Pays Tribute to Bowie on New BBC Radio 1 Residency Mix [LISTEN]
James Blake paid special tribute to David Bowie during his return to his BBC Radio 1 residency this past Thursday night by dropping the recently deceased icon's songs "Blackstar" and "We Are The Dead" during the eclectic-as-ever two hour long mix. You can stream the entire show here via the BBC.
Blake was joined by members of the 1-800 Dinosaur crew including New Zealand-born psychedelic pop singer and songwriter, Connan Mockasin, and ambient post-dubstep outfit, Mount Kimbie's Dominic Maker, DIY Magazine reports. Highlights of the mix include cuts from Joanna Newsom, DJ Rashad, Aphex Twin, Kode9 and Airhead.
About halfway through the mix, Blake and crew played the title track off Bowie's most recent--and final--album, Blackstar, back-to-back with the 1974 Diamond Dogs cut. The touching tribute is just the latest in the recent deluge of artists paying homage to Bowie through song. Listen to "We Are the Dead" below.
Another highlight of the show came towards the end when, as Pitchfork points out, they played Mockasin's cover of Rexy's 1981 song "Running Out of Time."
Although Blake's third album, Radio Silence, is one of the most anticipated albums due to drop sometime this year, the Mercury Award-winning producer and crooner didn't share any new tracks during the show. His last LP, Overgrown, dropped back in 2013.
The producer had confirmed the title of the forthcoming album on a previous episode of the radio show back in 2014 and was expected to drop it at some point in 2015, yet details remain scant. Confirmed guests on the album include Mockasin, Kanye West and Bon Iver.