Elijah Blake is the singer-songwriter signed to No I.D. and ARTium Records who sings his ass off. He’s been penning songs for the likes of Usher, Trey Songz, Rihanna and more. He released his first official project as a recording artist in 2012, the highly-acclaimed Bijoux 22. Two years and some sporadic freebies later, his first commercial project, Drift, is here, and it’s glorious.
Bijoux 22 was a mostly melancholy octet, and it appealed to those who appreciated that type of music; Drift is a bit more diverse. The track-to-track diversity on the new EP is much greater than it was on Bijoux. The production is handled mostly by mentor No I.D., but thanks to outsourcing on tracks like “Come Away” and “Strange Fruit” no two songs on the project sound interchangeable. J. Cole is the sole featured artist on the project, which allows more spotlight for Elijah Blake to introduce himself to the world. This is great, especially when you’re talking about such a small sample of music that you have with an EP, as opposed to a full-length album.
Perhaps the one thing you could put a figurative finger on as Elijah Blake’s most unique and special attributes is his incredible voice. He’s exploring his vocal range more than ever on Drift. His falsetto gets a workout throughout most of the project, but the timing is precise and concentrated. In the middle of songs that could get bland if recorded by other artists, Elijah often begins belting out notes that you feel in your bones. This is especially evident in the immensely emotional “6,” where Elijah releases a lifetime of built-up rancor towards his abusive father in an explosion of vocals that grabs your heart.
Drift has me excited for Elijah Blake’s first full-length album Songs About Melody, which doesn’t have a release date yet, but if the reception for Drift is what it deserves, I’m sure we’ll be seeing that LP in stores in the near future.
Listen to Elijah Blake’s Drift EP below via Spotify. Support the project on iTunes.
Elijah Blake is one of the most talented forces in R&B right now. He doesn't have a debut album to his name yet, but Drift is a great example of how incredible of a project he is capable of crafting.