BLAKE vs BLAKE
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These songs are the same song.
They are actually the same song.
So you listen to James Litherland's "Where to Turn", a work of grooving yacht-rock, and then you listen to his son's* decelerated cover, this melancholy blubstep, sort-of dubstep, and you think some things:
Thought I read that Blake's dad produced the James Litherland song. Not that he actually is James Litherland.Posted by b at February 10, 2011 11:51 AM
It's actually a little mysterious, b!
(James Blake is being a little weird about his father's identity.)
I spent rather a long time researching it.
On last night's Zane Lowe radio show, the conversation went like this, right before playing Litherland's song:
Then, after the song is done:
Zane: That was James Litherland ... that is James Blake's father! A lesson for all musicians with young children - all the musician that you write and you play and produce, inevitably goes on to influence your children.
I don't own the Litherland album on CD, and I can't find production credits online, so I'm not sure who produced Litherland's record. But at this point I feel like Litherland's probably James's dad, but he's being furtive about it, trying not to make things too clear.
But I could be wrong.Posted by Sean at February 10, 2011 12:05 PM
Ah, thanks for the details. I had only seen the one quote from that interview that said "my dad was producing..."
Mysterious, indeed.Posted by b at February 10, 2011 12:28 PM
...it's curious that some of his best songs are covers (Feist, Joni Mitchell, his Dad's...)Posted by SA at February 10, 2011 6:19 PM
You blew me away again discovering one of my favorite songs' root again. Last time it was Grizzly Bear's "Marla".Posted by Pedram at February 11, 2011 12:04 PM
mystery solved:Posted by Marius at February 11, 2011 12:05 PM
Falling in love with your site from the first post. The running commentary is priceless. Hoping it continues further on other posts.Posted by Ayohla_WPGM at February 13, 2011 1:18 PM
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