The unspoken law of the land is that all mashups have to come with clever names. Hence: James Drake. While the moniker for Bombé’s mashup of Drake and James Blake is refreshingly straightforward, the project itself is a complicated experiment in grafting these divergent branches of futuro-R&B. Under Bombé’s steady hand, the fusion of the British avant-garde basshead with the Canadian Kanye protégé melds their respective strengths into an unstoppably pleasing tape. Just listen to the subtly brilliant “Wilhem’s Fucking Best,” which merges Blake’s “Wilhelm’s Scream” with Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” into gaudily elegant slow jam.
Stream the mixtape here.