Hello, I’m MusiCommentator, and for my seventh installment of “Song Of The Week”, I will be talking about “Mile High” by James Blake, featuring Metro Boomin and Travis Scott.
2019 was actually the first time I’ve listened to James Blake’s solo material. I’ve heard his name talked about highly by other music enthusiasts, and the features he gave for songs like “King’s Dead” and “STOP TRYING TO BE GOD” were exemplary, so I decided to check out his newest album “Assume Form”. This was a very good idea, as I’m already calling it a contender for the top 10 albums of 2019. While there are plenty of amazing tracks on that album, this one was that stuck out especially because, being a hip-hop fan, I was interested to hear how his musical stylings would blend with Travis Scott and Metro Boomin. Needless to say, their styles blended very well.
While I’m not too versed in “chill-hop”, I have to say that this is one of the best chill-hop songs I’ve listened to. For those unaware, “chill-hop” is a subgenre of hip-hop that focuses on soothing melodies and creating a chilled-out atmosphere. Metro Boomin’s production is a huge factor in making this song work, as his laid-back drums work perfectly with the open, ambient synth chords that surround the track. Travis Scott and James Blake also have great chemistry with one another, because while the combination of Travis’s autotuned mumblings and James’s forlorn singing seems like an odd pairing, it works quite well together. Lyrically, the song’s content is not too complex, as the singers talk about trying to get into the “mile high club”. However, this adds a sensual vibe to the song that mixes nicely with the dark instrumentals. This is definitely a song worth checking out, and if you’re a mainstream fan who wants to start listening to James Blake, this is a great song to start with! (Also, shoutout to Sophia Ismaa for voting on my Twitter poll to make this track this week’s “Song Of The Week”).
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