KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – James Blake

KEXP Documentaries starts a new series, Electronic Innovators, on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole today at 3pm, with a feature on James Blake! This episode re-airs on my show this Saturday at 4pm.

Electronic music first made its way into pop culture through soundtracks to science fiction films in the 1950s. The German band Kraftwerk and English artist Brian Eno took plugged-in music to the people in the 70s with cinematic, space-filled tracks. In the 80s, Detroit’s “Godfathers of Techno,” The Belleville Three, started a legacy of innovation that continues today in the Motor City.  Bristol favorites Massive Attack and Portishead mixed electronic sounds with soul, hip-hop and reggae in the 1990s, creating a more accessible pop style and attracting millions of fans. Legendary French group Daft Punk propelled the rave movement into the pop charts with catchy, danceable hits. Underground beatmaker Trentemoeller and experimental artists Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin and Bjork continue to be on the forefront of this still-futuristic music style. All these artists will be covered in our new KEXP Documentary series Electronic Innovators.

The most potent newcomer to add his style to electronic music history is James Blake, a 22 year-old former DJ/remixer, whose 2011 self-titled release marries dubstep to soul melodies, bridging the gap between pop and electronic culture.  Join KEXP for an exclusive interview with this formerly underground electronic genius who doesn’t mind being called “accessible.”


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James Blake donated at track for the new Live at KEXP Volume 7, coming out later this month!  He plays Showbox at the Market on September 24.  For more info on the internationally-acclaimed Decibel Festival, coming to multiple venues here in Seattle on September 28 through October 2, visit

KEXP Documentaries are created by Michele Myers. This series was co-produced by Decibel Festival‘s Sean Horton. Assistant Producers are John Felthous and Mary Janisch. Lesson Plans are created by Tiffany Grobelski. Executive Producer is Kevin Cole. If you would like to follow along more closely in the creation of these radio stories, we post research materials, songs and videos on our Facebook page and on Twitter.

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