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.”
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.
Assume Form Track List
1. Assume Form
2. Mile High (feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin)
3. Tell Them (feat. Moses Sumney & Metro Boomin)
4. Into The Red
5. Barefoot in the Park (feat. Rosalía)
6. Can’t Believe The Way We Flow
7. Are You In Love?
8. Where’s The Catch? (feat. André 3000)
9. I’ll Come Too
10. Power On
11. Don’t Miss It
12. Lullaby for My Insomniac
North American Tour Dates
Feb. 18 — Atlanta @ Tabernacle
Feb. 20 — Boston @ House of Blues
Feb. 21 — Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
Feb. 22 — Philadelphia @ The Fillmore
Feb. 24 & 25 — New York City @ Terminal 5
Feb. 27 — Toronto @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
Feb. 28 — Montreal @ L’Olympia
March 2 — Royal Oak, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
March 3 — Chicago @ Riviera Theater
March 4 — St. Paul, Minn. @ Palace Theatre
March 8 — Portland, Ore. @ Roseland Theater
March 9 — Vancouver @ Harbour Convention Centre
March 10 — Seattle @ Moore Theatre
March 12 — Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theater
March 15 — Pomona, Calif. @ Fox Theater
March 16 — Los Angeles @ Hollywood Palladium