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James Blake “interviews” Burial on Radio 1

James Blake wears many hats: He’s a Grammy-nominated, Mercury-prize winning DJ, producer and singer, whose most recent full-length effort Overgrown was met with universal praise. Now, the soulful crooner can add radio DJ to his accomplished resume as he kicks off his residency at BBC Radio 1.

Blake joins a diverse class of DJs who have signed on to host their own time-slots on the world-renowned station, including Nervo and Steve Angello, George Fitzgerald and Rockwell. The polymath prodigy used his own two hours to wade through various genres, from Burial to Beyoncé, while also premiering new tunes from Moodymann, Airhead and several remixes from Blake’s alter-ego, Harmonimix. Listeners will also be pleased to hear a new track by Blake himself 40455 which falls in line with his brand of soft-sung, piano-plinking melancholy (listen to the track below).

Most interesting off all though, were the rumours spread before the show that the ever-elusive Burial would be in the studio for a sit-down with Blake. As for the actual interview? Well…we’ll let you listen to find out for yourself – listen to the (hilarious) interview snippet below (and you can also stream the entire glorious two hours below).

James Blake BBC Radio 1 tracklist

1. James Blake – Retrograde

2. Burial – Archangel

3. Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Version)

4. Airhead – Shirin

5. Beyoncé – Flawless

6. Moodymann – Why Do You Feel

7. Airhead – Believe

8. Chance The Rapper & Nosaj Thing – Paranoia

9. James Blake feat. Chance The Rapper – Life Round Here

10. Mystikal – Pay Me (Harmonimix)

11. Lone – Aurora North Quarter

12. Connan Mockasin – I Wanna Roll With You

13. Nina Simone – Baltimore

14. Bettye Swann – Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

15. James Blake – 40455

16. Rude & Deadly – Mash Dem Down

17. Kaotic Chemistry – Space Cakes

18. Airhead – Hundred Years

19. Vegyn – Victim

20. Jonwayne – Andrew

21. Burial – Come Down to Us

22. Jeremih – Ah Shit

23. Beyoncé – Drunk In Love (Harmonimix)

24. James Blake – Not Long Now (Klaus Remix)

25. Klaus – BT Gulf

26. Source Direct – Exit 9

27. Trim – Vending Machine

28. Mr. Assister – Bala

29. Warpaint – Teese

30. Teddy Pendergrass – Love I Lost (Dmitri From Paris Remix)