When the news of a second James Blake record began to swirl, the thought alone was enough to keep us in anticipation until its April 9 release. Then Blake himself started to slowly leak each and every track, or close to it, to the point that we've now heard 6 out of 10 songs from the forthcoming Overgrown. Today, however, was by far our favorite treat as Blake posted on his Tumblr two tracks, the first being “Take a Fall For Me”, which features RZA, and the second being a remix of a 2007 Big Boi song, “Royal Flush.” And though the Big Boi remix is a delight reminiscent of Blake's CMYK EP, the real standout is the RZA track.
As is standard for the young British crooner, the track is soulful, pained, and sensitive, and though it didn't seem possible, there is something about “Take a Fall For Me” that feels even more delicate than past offerings. The theme of the song is in a plea by RZA for a woman not to marry a certain man, and it's more tragic than if Blake were on the track alone. As a friend of mine noted to me astutely, “I never thought a RZA track would break my heart.” And there it is.