James Blake has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the performance saw the English singer-songwriter perform a very special cover of Frank Ocean song ‘Godspeed’ while on a piano outdoors.
Blake is no stranger to sharing a blissful cover and moulding it to his sound. During the initial lockdown, he became a beacon of light, keeping himself busy with plentiful live streams filled with gorgeous covers. Some of the other tracks he has previously taken on include Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’, Joy Divison’s ‘Atmosphere’, Billie Eilish’s ‘When The Party’s Over’, Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’ and ‘A Case Of You’ by Joni Mitchell.
It has been a busy year all-round for the singer who has just released the new four-song EP Before in mid-October, which came off the back of the two new songs that he shared earlier this year, ‘You’re Too Precious’ and ‘Are You Even Real’.
Blake opted against sharing a full-length record during the pandemic as he thought it was just a strange time to be releasing music and, instead, gave his fans the present of a four-track EP. He told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe this summer, “It is a strange time to release music in terms of a record… I think, just industry-wise, it’s just a strange time. I don’t really know what is up or down.”
He also recently joined forces with Slowthai and Mount Kimbie on the poignant ‘Feel Away’, the production of the track unlocks best out of the rapper by supplying a beautiful and slower beat that suits Slowthai perfectly whilst Blake provided a sprinkling of his magic on the track on top.
Check out the cover of ‘Godspeed’, below.