Crafting homemade electronic rhythms into soulful ballads, James Blake has been dubbed the boy wonder of dubstep and acclaimed as one of the most innovative young producers around. He was born on September 26, 1988, in London, England. A classically trained pianist, Blake studied popular music at the University of London and worked as a DJ before his track "Air & Lack" Thereof' became a hit on BBC radio. The song was followed by his cover of Feist's "Limit to Your Love," a tear-jerking anthem that earned Blake a second-place finish on the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll. His Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut, James Blake, was released in 2011 and became one of the highlights of the year, reaching Number 9 on the UK charts and earning Blake his first BRIT Award nomination.. He released Overgrown, his second full-length album, in 2013, with the single "Retrograde" receiving the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song and the album itself winning the Mercury Prize. Blake followed this success with The Colour in Anything in 2016 and Assume Form in 2019, with both albums debuted in the Top 20 in the UK. Friends That Break Your Heart appeared in 2021 and marked the highest charting debut of James Blake's career, peaking at Number 4 in the UK.