James Blake performs at tha 61st Annual Grammy Awards
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In a recent interview with VarietyJames Blake spoke about his genre-defying work and his love for Billie Eilish‘s music. When talking of her breakout album, however, the English musician shared a pretty interesting view: He believes the production is so good because it was partly inspired by Kanye West’s 2013 album, Yeezus.

Blake — who’s good friends with Eilish’s brother and collaborator, Finneas — said that Eilish was one of his most-listened artists on Spotify this year, despite waiting six months to listen to When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? in order to avoid the hype. When he finally got around to it, Blake was impressed by his friend Finneas’ production, most notably on the song “bury a friend.”

It “was one of the most interestingly produced things I’ve heard since Yeezus, which I think was some influence.” Blake then clarified, “It’s so sparsely produced, and they gate the vocals so you can’t hear any noise — when a vocal goes out there’s just complete silence.”

Blake isn’t the first person to note similarities between Eilish’s production and Yeezus. When the single first released, Billboard wrote that its beat “jostles, quakes, and screeches like a Yeezus outtake.”

Words by Sarah Osei
Staff Writer