James Blake has announced that he’s set to release a new single called ‘You’re Too Precious’ this week. The song, Blake’s first new material since his 2019 LP Assume Form, will come out on Friday, 24 April.
The singer revealed the news on an Instagram Live Q&A last night, 20 April, sharing a short snippet of the song, and then formally announcing its release on social media shortly afterwards.
Talking about ‘You’re Too Precious’ back in 2019, Blake called the track a love song that’s about “wanting to take a little bit of someone’s load and just loving that person”.
The track will follow the widely-acclaimed fourth album Assume Form. Typical of the reviews was the NME’s five-star critique: “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.”
Blake has been hosting a number of Instagram Live sessions across the lockdown period. In previous editions, he’s performed a host of covers including versions of Radiohead’s ‘No Surprises’, Frank Ocean‘s ‘Godspeed’, Billie Eilish‘s ‘When The Party’s Over’ and Joni Mitchell track ‘A Case Of You’.
Posting on Twitter ON 23 March, Blake wrote: “OK looks like we’re in this for the long haul so I’m jumping in… gotta play live for you guys somehow.”
Blake also joked suggested that he would be opening his virtual live set with a tongue-in-cheek song selection. He said: “Requests? I will of course be opening with ‘Imagine’.” The comment came as Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot led a star-studded rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.
Elsewhere in James Blake news, the singer-songwriter also recently cancelled his upcoming European tour due to the escalating coronavirus crisis.
Blake issued the following statement: “Hey all, so considering the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the changing nature of travel policies and quarantines across the world, along with possible extended future restrictions, it is with huge regret that I have to cancel my scheduled European tour. It’s been a horrible decision to make, but the safety of the fans and my band and crew is always the top priority. Sending everyone all the love. Please stay safe out there”.