After teasing new music earlier this week, James Blake has shared a new song called ‘Are You Even Real?’. The track was produced by Blake and co-written with Starrah (whose songwriting credits include Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ and Maroon 5’s ‘Girls Like You’) and Ali Tamposi (Beyoncé, Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson). Listen to it below.
“All I can do is trust in her/ Late nights I can see the lust in her,” Blake sings tenderly amidst sublime keys, lush violin (played by Peter Lee Johnson), and a warm beat. “Acid rain is a first for her/ Skies open up, share a cup with her.”
The track was recorded at various locations, including Pulse Studios in Burbank, California and Electric Lady in New York. It also features additional production from Josh Stadlen and arrangements by Kushi and Dominic Maker. Check out the full list of credits below.
The singer-songwriter also shared behind the scenes footage of the making of the track in collaboration with Apple’s Behind the Mac series on social media. “A window into the solo part of the process making ‘Are You Even Real?’,” he wrote.
“It’s experimental for me to make Pop,” he also joked.
Blake’s new track follows a collaboration with Mustafa on ‘Come Along’ as well as his one-off single ‘You’re Too Precious’, which was released back in April. Recently, Blake played an improvisational piano concert for charity, which included a cover of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are’. His last album was 2019’s Assume Form.
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‘Are You Even Real?’ – out on the 8th July Produced by: James Blake Violin by: Peter Lee Johnson Additional production by: Josh Stadlen Additional Arrangement by: Khushi, Dominic Maker Written by: James Blake, B. Hazzard, A. Tamposi, P. Johnson Engineers: James Blake, John Armstrong, and Carl Bespolka Mixed by: Tom Elmhirst Mastered by: Randy Merrill at Sterling Sound, Edgewater,NJ Recorded at: Pulse Studios (Burbank, CA), Home (Los Angeles, CA), Conway (Los Angeles, CA) Electric Lady (NY, NY) Artwork/photograph by @joshinfilm