James Blake releases third album ‘The Colour In Anything’ – stream it now

Follow-up to 2013's 'Overgrown' features Bon Iver and Frank Ocean

James Blake has released his new album ‘The Colour In Anything’ with little advanced warning. It features Bon Iver and Frank Ocean.

The British singer-songwriter first announced the LP on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show on Thursday night (May 5), with the record going on sale today (May 6).

The album is Blake’s third full-length to date, following 2013’s Mercury Prize-winning ‘Overgrown’ and his 2011 self-titled debut.


It is available on iTunes and can be streamed via Spotify, Apple Music and other platforms.

The Rick Rubin co-produced ‘The Colour In Anything’ features previous singles ‘Radio Silence’, ‘Timeless’ and ‘Modern Soul’, plus the recently unveiled Bon Iver collaboration ‘I Need A Forest Fire’ and ‘My Willing Heart’. Hear those latter two songs below.

Frank Ocean is credited as co-writing ‘Always’ and Blake has revealed in a Guardian interview that a [a]Kanye West collaboration wasn’t used on the album.

‘The Colour In Anything’ tracklist is as follows:


‘Radio Silence’
‘Love Me In Whatever Way’
‘Put That Away And Talk To Me’
‘I Hope My Life (1-800 Mix)’
‘Waves Know Shores’
‘Choose Me’
‘I Need A Forest Fire’ featuring Bon Iver
‘Noise Above Our Heads’
‘The Colour In Anything’
‘My Willing Heart’
‘Two Men Down’
‘Modern Soul’
‘Always’ (co-written with Frank Ocean)
‘Meet You In The Maze’

The album’s cover features artwork drawn by Quentin Blake. See that below.

“I’m so lucky to be able to work with him on this,” Blake told Annie Mac of the collaboration. “I’ve always loved what he does. My mum is a graphic designer, an artist, and she got me into him at an early age.

“It wasn’t actually my idea, it was my manager Dan’s idea,” he continued. “It wasn’t actually going to be for this record, it was going to be for something else. And then this record turned into the kind of record that suited this artwork. Now when I look at the artwork, there’s so much emotion in what I’m looking at that sometimes I find it hard to even look at. It brings back this whole experience, the record, the things that went into the record, the stories that went into, the journey of it. It really encapsulates the whole thing for me.”

Meanwhile, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon has said that his collaboration with Blake “came from wonderful accidents and good friendship”.


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