If you ever needed an example of an artist making a song their own, look no further than James Blake’s cover of “The Limit to Your Love.” Feist‘s original is a nice little indie pop tune with some lounge-like jazz mixed in. James Blake’s version still has the moody piano and soulful vocals, but it only stays there for a short time before taking off into a pounding section of pure bass that could only be found in dubstep and grime.
The video goes right along with it. It starts out fairly simply in what appears to be a dark apartment. The camera spins around to focus on Blake’s face as he sings the song before shifting to an apple that has suddenly started moving on its own. The apple heads towards a cluster of spinning fruit. This is where things suddenly become surreal. As the bass hits, spoons with mysterious liquids and plants growing in cups of water start shaking, various household objects end up in a giant pile then disappear down a strange hole, and lights pulse from seemingly nowhere.
James Blake has already released three EPs this year, each one significantly different from the last. This cover is the lead single off a full-length slated for release early next year. He has been receiving significant airplay in the UK on BBC Radio 1, and seems to be carving out his place as this year’s Burial (sans the mystery), taking dubstep and grime in new directions. Watch the video below. (via Pitchfork)
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