Assume Form (CD)

James Blake returns with a new album after collaborating/producing with others for the past few years. Assume Form includes last summer's single “Don't Miss It,” with its chilly falsetto backing vocals and anxious static. The album boasts guests like Travis Scott and André 3000 – the latter adds a funky edge to “Where's The Catch” – and samples from the likes of The Manhattans. The lyrics may lean more towards hopeful romance than loneliness, but fans of his distinctive, melancholy ballads will still delight in these well-crafted tracks that blur the lines between chillstep, soul, and R&B, looping together sparse piano, digitally altered vocals, and sleepy beats.

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