First Hemlock of 2011: James Blake’s “Order/Pan”
Now this is what we’re talking about! A fine return to dubbed out form for the world’s favourite post-pubstep (ugh) pop star, James Blake, on the 11th release for Untold’s exquisite Hemlock imprint. We love us some James Blake here at The Kort, but his recent album didn’t quite tickle that fuzzy, avant garde bass-bellum in our cortices as much as his earlier Hemlock and Hessle releases. With “Order” and “Pan”, however, we get a sizable dollop of Rhythm & Sound indebted bassweight to complement a soothing array of scratchy piano tones, undulating percussion, and other-worldly vibes that send us straight back to Mass in Brixton for one of Mala’s legendary sessions.
Jack Dunning’s done it again (hah), after a long hiatus the Hemlock juggernaut seems to have found its footing once more (after that ambitious but rather iffy Breton EP to close 2010). Big, big fucking ups to you, Mr. Untold. We want more of this, less of this, Mr. Blake!