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James Blake performs aching cover of Simon & Garfunkel 'The Sounds of Silence'

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Dubstep minimalist James Blake stopped by BBC Radio 1 Residency yesterday where he was joined by Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon. They discussed music, festivals — particularly Vernon’s own Eaux Claires Festival, which he curated with The National’s Aaron Dessner — and Vernon even did a Bob Dylan impression.

To close the show, Blake performed an elegiac take on Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence.” It’s largely a loyal cover (the original is hard to improve upon) but the pulse of Blake’s synths add to the mournful tone. The singer dedicated the track to a friend who passed away last New Years Eve. Check it out below and see the entire episode on BBC Radio 1’s website.