For starters, I'm damn near totally unfamiliar with James Blake. Saw this post over @ Gorilla vs. Bear earlier (shouts are in order to Chris Cantalini). I do, indeed, know that James' Self-Titled (or "Untitled?") Debut Album is due out on Feb. 8, 2011 (A&M/Atlas). Although I'm rather keen to Feist, I also don't know the original version of the song being covered, "Limit to Your Love" - Track #6 of 11. All that said, it's a very powerful and instantly captivating piece! Blake's raspy, piano-backed vocals are reminiscent of Dennis Wilson à la 1977's Pacific Ocean Blue. The accompanying video is equally memorable... And will undoubtedly be one of the last great visuals of 2010 AD.
Honestly, at this point in time, Run The Jewels (RTJ) should require absolutely no introduction... but, just to be safe, here's a brief/obligatory introduction: RTJ consists of rapper/producer and Definitive "Def" Jux co-founder El-P and emcee and OutKast affiliate Killer Mike . Legend has it, El & Mike first met on the set of Mr. Muthaf**kin' eXquire's "The Last Huzzah" (Remix) music video shoot. Soon after, [adult swim] Senior Vice President/Creative Director Jason DeMarco—then, at Williams Street Records—connected Killer Mike with El-P , who would produce his phenomenal 2012 album, R.A.P. Music. Mike , additionally, appeared alongside El on his own 2012 Fat Possum Records album, Cancer 4 Cure, on stand-out track, "Tougher Colder Killer." R.A.P. Music & Cancer 4 Cure were released weeks apart, so fast friends Killer Mike & El-P decided to tour together behind their then-new albums. After the widespread success of said tou