February 25th, 2011

Limits to Your Love, Take Two (Thousand)


Following up on recent posts, I decided to do a little looking into how many remixes of James Blake’s “Limit to Your Love” currently reside on SoundCloud. I confess that I stopped after combing through 20 pages of returns for my (somewhat sweeping) search, though SoundCloud indicated that there were another 30 pages or so! With something like 10 tracks per page, that’s a helluva lotta James Blake on SoundCloud (of course, I have no sense of how that compares to other artists — who’s down to crunch some numbers with/for me? I need coders! Holler.)

I’ve decided to be pretty inclusive about sharing some of these with you here. On the one hand, I want to demonstrate a certain stunning diversity and fecundity (which a mere glance at the waveforms suggests). On the other, I want to do a little experiment and see how long these various sample-based tracks remain up on SoundCloud. Check back later to count the tombstones, absent their metadata like so many scratched-out epitaphs.

Of the 25 remixes below, some are far more accomplished or interesting than others; some are radically transformative, others more faithful. Irrespective of questions of quality, there’s an impressive array of stylistic transpositions to behold. From boom-bap hip-hop to glitched-out ambience, hopped-up breakcore to global bass tropicalia, by-the-numbers drum’n'bass to brutalist brostep, Blake’s track — perhaps particularly inviting in its minimalism and spaciousness — clearly serves as fertile ground for a variety of “interlocutors” and co-producers.


I’m not recommending that anyone listen to all these, though there are certainly some gems (especially if you like the song). But I think they make a wonderful illustration of the vibrancy of (unauthorized) activity on SoundCloud, and though such productions may not be so easily quantifiable or directly “monetized,” as they say, I’d contend that they offer quite a measure of the enthusiasm for Blake’s music — and if he / Universal can’t manage to work with that, they’re no doubt missing out.

Without further ado, let’s take it to the “Limit,” one more time…

james blake – limit to your love – kane44 rmx FREE DOWNLOAD!!! by kane44

James Blake – Limit To Your Love (System-D D&B remix) [CLIP] by DJ SYSTEM-D

Anonymity Vs James Blake – Limit to your love (D&B Remix) by DJ Anonymity

James Blake – Limit To Your Love (Lucid Rhythms Remix) by Lucid Rhythms

Limit To Your Love-James Blake (Pesticide bootleg) by pesticide

James Blake Limit To Your Love (Hall North’s Unconditional Dub) by hall north bootlegs

James Blake – Limit To Your Love(Bass fucker remix) by Bass fucker

James Blake – Limit to your love [Lokiboi RMX] by Lokiboi

James Blake – Limit to your Love (Dauwd remix) by Dauwd

james blake – limit to your love (tvyks remix) by iivnaiiv

JAMES BLAKE ‘Limit To Your Love’ (HaRtMaNbEaTs REMIX) by HARTMAN

James Blake – Limit To Your Love (Tanzlife edit) by Tanzlife

James Blake – Limit to your love (Normski Remix) UNFINISHED by djnormski

Limit to your love (James Blake cover) by KlopfSalat

James Blake – Limit To Your Love (Altrice Remix) by Altrice

James Blake – Glitch / Experimental Remix ‘Limit To Your Love’ by Pixie-Dust

James Blake & Ramadanman – Your Limit To Change Me by Decomeara

PESCI feat. JAMES BLAKE – LIMIT TO YOUR LOVE DUBSTEP REMIX [demo] by dj pesci

James Blake – Limit To Your Love (Freemun Remix) by Dubjects

LYNX V JAMES BLAKE Limit to Your Love Remix by djlynx

James blake-limit to your love remix by Good Idea

James Blake – Limit to Your Love (High Top Kicks Remix) by HighTopKicks

James Blake – Limit to Your Love (Headfaze Remix) by Headfaze

James Blake Message to your Love (Detour Remix) by deTOUR

Limit to your love by james blake re-up(limit to your care) by dear.earth

This isn’t a version, per se, but it’s an interesting thing that came up in my search: answering-machine-inspired audio music-criticism — a different sort of sonic engagement with the song on SoundCloud:

Answering Machine Message: James Blake :: Limit To Your Love by HATEyourANSWERINGmachine

Finally, despite algorithmic “success” elsewhere, here’s the Blake album cut in its “original” form, as uploaded — get this — by a cat called “blatanti

James Blake, “Limit To Your Love” by blatanti

And here’s another, up for two months now:

Limit to your Love – James Blake by fresh_air

Here’s a tricky 9-month-old, attempting to evade sample-sniffers with a little introductory sound bombing:

James Blake – Limit to Your Love by sophiehirst

And here’s the official instantiation via Universal Music Publishing:

James Blake – Limit To Your Love by UniversalMusicPublishing

Before I call it a post, permit me two final, germane embeds; rather than remixes of “Limit to Your Love,” they remind us how young Mr.Blake himself made his name by working in (unauthorized) “remix culture”:

Lil Wayne – A Milli (James Blake Refix) by ListenBeforeYouBuy

Destiny’s Child – Bills, Bills, Bills (James Blake Harmonimix) by blogtracks

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  • 1. wayneandwax.com » O&hellip  |  March 3rd, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    [...] account of SoundCloud’s recent policy shifts, as chronicled and critiqued here (and here and here) at W&W. I’m happy to note that I make an appearance in the article, alongside the one [...]

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