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James Blake Played New Song "Forever" at YoungArts Art Basel 2014 Concert

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The performance had been a long time coming for the city of Miami. Promoters have been vying for the chance to bring the "Wilhelm Scream" producer to the Sunshine State since he first took over soundwaves as a dubstep king. Mind you, Blake is of the old-school style, much more akin to UK garage and house music than anything most Americans would recognize as wub-wubs.

Blake's time in the DJing world is perhaps most apparent in the tasteful dynamics of his work. He knows how to take a crowd on a journey, with plenty of time for sorrow, joy, elation, loss, hesitation, and even a good fist-pump or two.

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Blake hit the stage at 10:30 p.m., sending ripples through the crowd, as everyone turned to look before running over from the back lounge and bars.

He began with his moving, often-performed rendition of Bill Withers' "Hope She'll Be Happier," casting a spell on the hundreds in front of him with a soft delivery amid quiet, yellow light. Only a minute or so in, and it was already shaping up to be a spiritual experience.

He followed with "Radio Science," a tale of heartbreak with an edge. Then he and his band kept things moving, turning things up in proper Miami style with some Latin rhythms for "CMYK."

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.