James Blake drops sublime track 'Are You Even Real?', fans say he has 'the voice of an angel'

The new song was a collaborative effort with the mainstream hit songwriters Brittany 'Starrah' Hazzard and Ali Tamposi, along with violinist/lyricist Peter Lee Johnson


                            James Blake drops sublime track 'Are You Even Real?', fans say he has 'the voice of an angel'
James Blake (Getty Images)

The experimental electronic pop stylings of the distinctively-voiced Grammy winner James Blake just broke new ground earlier on July 9 when the gifted singer-songwriter dropped his latest song 'Are You Even Real?'.

The sublime and haunting violin-drenched ballad is being hailed as a masterpiece by the 31-year-old artiste's fanbase, with its lush and intimate vibe working perfectly with the composer's trademark minimalist electronica arrangements. This is the latest track from the inimitable Blake following the release of the sweet single 'You’re Too Precious' in April, which was his first offering this year since the Grammy-nominated album 'Assume Form' came out in 2019. The song's popularity is no doubt being boosted after the tech giant Apple recently came out with their latest 'Behind the Mac' promo ad, which shows the Apple tools used by Blake to craft his latest magnum opus. You can listen to the new track below, which was co-produced by Josh Stadlen.



 

'Are You Even Real?' marks new territory for Blake, considering it was a collaborative effort with the mainstream hit songwriters Brittany 'Starrah' Hazzard and Ali Tamposi, along with violinist/lyricist Peter Lee Johnson. Starrah is well known for co-writing Billboard No 1 hits like 'Havana' by Camila Cabello and 'Girls Like You' by Maroon 5 and Cardi B, while Tamposi's previous chart-toppers include Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' and Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes’ smash hit 'Señorita'. It seems that after becoming an indie electronica hero, Blake is getting more comfortable with entering the mainstream music scene as a leading artiste in his genre. This also may be due to the success of the swaggering 'King's Dead' in 2018, where he collaborated with the popular American rappers Jay Rock, Future and Kendrick Lamar.

James Blake performs during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

Fans are already raving about the new song 'Are You Even Real?' with one fan saying, "James has a distinct musical style & is completely himself. It's instantly recognizable whenever you hear James song or a James Blake produced song." Another admirer exclaimed, "James Blake is his own genre." A music lover tweeted, "It’s just that 'Are you even real?' is exactly what I ask every time I hear a James Blake song."

Another fangirl posted, "Listening to the new James Blake like, 'No I am not really real'. Thank you for having the voice of an angel though." A longtime listener concluded, "I listen to everything new James Blake drops. His music reaches new levels."

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