They’re ever so sad, Drake and James Blake. They’ve both got new albums out, the former in the shape of the long-anticipated ‘Views‘ and James Blake WITH the surprise release ‘The Colour In Anything’. Musically, they have little in common, what with the 6 God (Drake’s self-created nickname) serving up bombastic hip-hop and Blake offering subdued electronic pop, but lyrically they’re like two peas in a pod. Two sad peas in a pod that is not quite to their liking.
Blake seems heartbroken on ‘The Colour In Anything’, with the opening song ‘Radio Silence’ appearing to depict him coming to terms with having been ghosted by a lover who no longer returns his texts. One word for you, James: Tinder. Three more words: Plenty of Fish. Treat yo’ self! Drake’s moans are a bit more varied, dealing with fake friends and his favourite chain restaurant the Cheesecake Factory, but he always returns to matters of the heart, the old romantic.
The real question, though, is this: can you tell Drake’s sadboy lyrics from James Blake’s? The task is precisely as though as it sounds, for these are the most entertainingly miserable men in pop. It’s time to play – Drake or Blake?