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Creative auteur James Blake is the second cover star of Clash 119.

When Clash is connected to James Blake, he’s eager to talk about England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final the evening before. Having relocated to Los Angeles, he’s become more aware of his Englishness, part of a voyage of self-discovery and self-acceptance that has led to a profound breakthrough both in his music, and his personal life.

In this sincere and frank interview, James Blake discusses the processes that led to new album ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’, the art of collaboration, and the long journey it’s taken for him to truly come to terms with himself.

As he points out: “Englishness is a complex thing. It’s a multitude of different cultural reference points and identifications…”

Also featured in this magazine are BRIT nominee Joy Crookes, number one gate-crasher Tion Wayne, neo-soul voyager Patrick Paige II, genre-less creative Berwyn, Brighton rap phenomenon ArrDee, American avant-garde iconoclast Moor Mother, and honey-voiced icon Nancy Sinatra.

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Interview: Robin Murray
Photographer: Michael Tyrone Delaney
Fashion: Anna Su
Creative Direction: Rob Meyers

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