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NEW EP: James Blake - Before

Today, Mercury and Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake has officially released his new EP Before with the title track premiered as Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record in the World.” Released with accompanying visualizers, the ‘Before EP' assimilates everything James has learned - as a genre-defying artist and producer, and as a man - whilst also paying tribute to his life-long love affair with club culture. Throughout, you'll not only hear an expression of Blake's "yearning for dancefloor elation", but the evolution of a songwriter who cut his teeth, after all, as much on Joni Mitchell or Outkast records as he did the London dubstep, grime and pirate radio worlds that he has never truly left.

In celebration of the release, Blake is returning to perform his first DJ set on the Boiler Room since 2013. The exclusive set will be broadcast on YouTube and boilerroom.tv starting at 10pm BST on Friday, October 16th and will feature material from the new EP project.

'Before EP' is James Blake's first body of work since fourth album 'Assume Form', which has clocked nearly 400 million streams and cemented James' status as one of the most important musicians, producers and songwriters of his generation. Now based in LA, the 32 year old collaborated with the biggest and most credible acts on the planet – Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bon Iver, André 3000, Vince Staples, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and plenty more.

You can stream the full EP below.