The stripped-down rendition hears the English singer-songwriter pair his angelic vocals with a simple piano background, adding a stronger touch of intimacy to the cover. Blake has covered the Blonde cut in the past — once in 2017 while closing out Arizona’s FORM Arcosanti and again in January 2020, sharing it on social media — but this is the first official version of his interpretation. Unbeknownst to some, Blake has a well-rooted history with “Godspeed”; he originally co-produced the track with Ocean, Om’Mas Keith and Malay Ho, and sampled the track on 2016’s “Always,” also crediting Ocean as the song’s co-writer.
Stream James Blake’s “Godspeed” cover on Spotify and Apple Music, and watch the music video above.
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