Hear James Blake Remix Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk In Love’

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(Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)

(Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)

By Shannon Carlin

With his remix of Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love,” James Blake nearly removes any trace of Queen Bey from the track. A bold move to say the least.

Blake premiered his new version of the track off Bey’s self-titled visual album on BBC Radio 1 yesterday (Jan. 16), but it’s so unrecognizable that if he didn’t tell you what it was previously, you might not know on first listen, or even the fifteenth.

The Best New Artist GRAMMY nominee starts off with a sample that sounds a but like “Oh Yeah” (aka the Ferris Bueller song), then focuses on warping the vocals of the song’s bridge. Those high-pitched Middle Eastern chants on the original are now deep, static groans.

(Courtesy Columbia Records)(Courtesy Columbia Records)

On the show, Blake — who’s set to play NYC’s Governors Ball this summer — also premiered a new song of his own called “40455,” an R&B slow jam that halfway through goes silent to become an even more soulful track that has Blake asking, “What were you thinking about 40455?”

Watch the GRAMMYS Jan. 26 on CBS to see if Blake can can overtake other Best New Artist nominees Kendrick Lamar, Kacey Musgraves, Ed Sheeran and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to take home the gold.

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