James Blake releases new song, ‘Are You Even Real?’

A follow-up to his April single, 'You're Too Precious'

James Blake has released a new song, ‘Are You Even Real?’.

Blake produced the song, which he co-wrote with songwriters Starrah, Ali Tamposi and Peter Lee Johnson. It was recorded across Burbank, Los Angeles and New York. Stream it below:


Blake also shared a 30-second behind-the-scenes video, in partnership with Apple’s Behind the Mac campaign, capturing how he wrote and recorded song. See it here:

The track was first teased on Twitter on Sunday (July 5), when Blake shared a 20-second audio excerpt. Following that, Blake confirmed on Twitter the track would be released on Wednesday (July 8).


The track follows Blake’s previously released single, April’s ‘You’re Too Precious‘, his first new music since 2019 album ‘Assume Form’. In a five-star review of the record, NME wrote, that ‘Assume Form’ is “proof that James Blake is one of the world’s greatest producers, this loved-up fourth record, featuring Andre 3000 and Travis Scott, sees him finally in control as a brilliant songwriter and emotive lyricist.”


Earlier this month, Blake teamed up with Mustafa to perform his new track, ‘Come Back‘, dedicated to Smoke Dawg, who died two years ago.

In June, Blake performed a piano-led rendition of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are‘. The cover followed Blake’s renditions of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer’Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’Billie Eilish’s ‘When The Party’s Over’ and Frank Ocean’s ‘Godspeed’.

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