After a few months off the airwaves, James Blake made his grand return to the BBC Residency on Radio 1 yesterday with a new two-hour session.

With his 1-800 Dinosaur crew joining him in the studio, the UK artist went in on a mix that errs more on the mellow side, the first half taken up mostly by soul and hip-hop from artists such as Madlib, Stevie Wonder, Vince Staples, Chaka Khan and Lil Wayne. From there, Blake veers off on many a music tangent as he strings together records and remixes by the likes of Wookie (remixing Sia), Jimi Hendrix, Photek, Mala and Leonard Cohen. Also a highlight of the session was a new Airhead track, “Ice Nine.”

Blake, who previously held a BBC residency last year, re-joins a rotating cast of DJs holding down for the radio station. Current residents Heidi, Skream, Hannah Wants, George FitzGerald and Kaytranada will resume their positions, while new names like Breach (aka Ben Westbeech) and SBTRKT come on board.

Next up for the bass-affectionate crooner in the coming weeks are a series of live dates at European festivals including Montreux Jazz Festival, Latitude, Longitude, Siren, Pukkelpop and Popaganda.

In the meantime, listen to the latest episode of James Blake’s BBC Radio 1 Residency below or over at the BBC website.

[Article photo via James Blake on Facebook]

James Blake – Residency 2015-07-09 by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud

James Blake – Residency 2015-07-09 by Core News Uploads on Mixcloud

Tracklist
Madlib – For My Mans [Stones Throw]
James Mason – I Want Your Love [Rush Hour]
Stevie Wonder – Maybe Your Baby [Tamla Motown]
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley [Chess]
Vince Staples – Norf Norf [Def Jam]
Lil Wayne – U Guessed It [Young Money Entertainment]
Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody (Frankie Knuckles Remix) [Warner Bros.]
Ajukaja & Andrevski – Mesilind [LEVELS]
Marshall Jefferson & Noosa Heads – Mushrooms [Airtight]
Sia – Little Man (Wookie Remix) [Long Lost Brother]
Airhead – Ice Nine [White]
Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – Street Knowledge [Lex]
Dr Len Yo – Day 3 [Pavlov Institute]
Mondeé Oliver – Make Me Want You [Gherkin]
Jimi Hendrix – If 6 Was 9 [Reprise Records]
Brian Routh – Men [White]
Esnard Boisdur & Frankie Francis & Simbad – Soufwans (3AM Mix) [Sofrito Super Singles]
Richard Sen – Songs Of Pressure [Emotional] Especial]
Photek – Pressure 3 [White]
Acen – Trip II The Moon (Part 2 (The Dark Side…) [Production House]
Tapes – Somebodies Baby [Workshop]
Ijahman Levi – I’m A Levi [Island]
Pastor T. L. Barrett – Like Ship [Light In The Attic]
Johnny Clark – Sinners (Mala Edit) [Ringo]
Paul Simon – Everything Put Together Falls Apart [DCC Compact Classics]
Talk Talk – It’s My Life [EMI]
Leonard Cohen – Suzanne [CBS]

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