British singer James Blake has put an end to yearlong speculation about Kanye West's collaboration on his coming album. The singer has confirmed that the rapper will appear on his new album along with another artist, Justin Vernon.
Blake not only confirmed the news about West's appearance in his latest interview but also revealed the name of his new album. The new LP will be titled “Radio Silence,” Blake told Esquire, according to Pitchfork. “I can confirm that they’re on it,” the singer said about West and Vernon.
At the time of the magazine interview, Blake said he was meeting West and the two “should nail something down” for the album. “If it doesn’t end up on the album, you know it hasn’t worked,” he added. West first invited the “Overgrown” singer to work with him in 2014 and called him his “favorite artist.”
Blake, 26, responded to West's invitation in Rolling Stone magazine, saying he finds West to be an “accomplished producer.” Blake has previously worked with American indie folk band Bon Iver's singer Vernon in a 2011 song, "Fall Creek Boys Choir.”
Though Blake has yet to announce a release date for his album, he has performed his first solo at various festivals. The singer performed the title track, “Radio Silence,” at the recent Latitude Festival in England, DIY magazine writes. But no footage from the festival has yet surfaced and the song was disguised within another song, Bill Withers’ “Hope She'll Be Happier.” Blake also shared two other new songs from the album, “200 Press” and “Building It Still.”
Rolling Stone also has footage of Blake performing the same song at Tampa’s Big Guava Fest in May. The album “Radio Silence” will be a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2013 album “Overgrown.” The album also won the Mercury Prize in 2013. In the same year, Blake was also nominated for his first Grammy Award in the Best New Artist category.