Blake also released “Assume Form” closing track “Lullaby for My Insomniac.”
UPDATE: After this article was published, Blake also released “Lullaby for My Insomniac” from his new album. Listen to that below as well.
With James Blake’s long-awaited fourth album Assume Form slated for release Friday, he couldn’t wait until then to share “Mile High.”
The singer-songwriter debuted “Mile High” on Thursday afternoon (Jan. 17) as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1. Lowe played the track three times in a row and declared, “James Blake, you’ve done it again.”
The track, featuring Travis Scott and Metro Boomin, follows a hypnotic beat and will have fans assuming whatever form Blake wants. “We just be mile high clubbin’/ I’m on a thousand miles runnin’,” Scott raps in the chorus, followed by Blake singing softly, “Don’t wanna see you by yourself, by yourself.”
James Blake Teases New Album, ‘Assume Form’
Throughout the song, Scott’s blunt delivery (“Ass fatter than a peach”) balances Blake’s vulnerability (“I found myself an imaginary friend”). When the two come together in the refrain, it paints a picture of love with the subject of Blake’s love never coming up short.
Blake also released album closer “Lullaby for My Insomniac,” reportedly inspired by his relationship with The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil, on Thursday.
Along with Scott and Metro Boomin, the album also features Andre 3000 and Rosalía.
Listen to “Mile High” and “Lullaby for My Insomniac” and check out Blake’s Assume Form track list along with upcoming North American tour dates below.