James Blake has shared a new video in which he covers Stevie Wonder‘s ‘Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer’. You can check it out below.
According to Blake, it’s the first in a series of videos where he’ll be performing fan requests. “Hey, here’s an idea, request songs/covers here and I will learn and put out one per week and dedicate it to the person who suggested it,” he suggested on Twitter.
Upon posting the cover on his socials, Blake shared his admiration for the soul legend. “Stevie Wonder invented music as far as I’m concerned,” he wrote.
Wonder’s original recording of ‘Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer’ featured on his 1971 album Where I’m Coming From. Co-written by Syreeta Wright and released on Motown as the flip side of ‘We Can Work It Out’, the single was only a minor hit, but it remains one of Wonder’s most popular ballads to this day. The song has since been covered by Joan Baez on her 1975 album Diamonds And Rust. It was also covered by Three Dog Night and included on their album Harmony, while Phil Collins recorded the song for his album of soul covers, Going Back.
James Blake has been busy performing sets over Instagram Live while self-isolating due to the coronavirus pandemic. He’s previously covered the likes of Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’, Billie Eilish’s ‘When the Party’s Over’, Frank Ocean’s ‘Godspeed’ and ‘A Case of You’ by Joni Mitchell.
Last month, Blake shared a new single entitled ‘You’re Too Precious’. The track marked the first new music from the songwriter since fourth album Assume Form, released last year. Assume Form received widespread critical acclaim, with the NME writing, “Proof that James Blake is one of the world’s greatest producers, this loved-up fourth record, featuring Andre 3000 and Travis Scott, sees him finally in control as a brilliant songwriter and emotive lyricist.”
Earlier this week, Blake appeared on Kehlani‘s new album ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, featuring on the song ‘Grieving’.