James Blake served as a surprise host on BBC Radio 1 this evening, and he came bearing big news. His long-awaited, much-anticipated new album Radio Silence is finally done and recorded. According to the UK crooner, it features 18 tracks, including one that clocks in at a mighty 20 minutes.
Blake is expected to premiere a new song, likely from the forthcoming LP, during the two-hour 1-800 Dinosaur broadcast tonight. Stay tuned. Update: Listen to “Timeless” below.
Radio Silence follows his 2013 Mercury Prize-winning Overgrown. Last July, Blake confirmed to Esquire magazine that both Kanye West and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon are listed as guest contributors. “Modern Soul”, a song Blake debuted in February, could appear on the new album.
Below, revisit “Modern Soul”.