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:
A window into the solo part of the process making ‘Are You Even Real?’
Happy to work with @Apple on this project. #BehindtheMac pic.twitter.com/skFXdbwSs9
— James Blake (@jamesblake) July 8, 2020
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).
‘Are You Even Real?’ – out on the 8th July
Co-written by @iStarrah and @alitamposi
— James Blake (@jamesblake) July 6, 2020
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.”
- READ MORE: James Blake – ‘Assume Form’ review
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’.