Hear James Blake sing “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

He’s turning his quarantine cover series into an EP.

James Blake has released a magnificent rendition of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and announced a new covers EP.

“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” was originally written by Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger in 1957, before Roberta Flack popularized the track with her 1972 cover. Blake’s piano rendition follows a run of fan-requested covers the producer and singer-songwriter originally performed on Instagram during the COVID-19 lockdown. Now, he’s packaging some of those covers—including his take on the Frank Ocean song “Godspeed”—into a four-track EP.

“One of the things keeping me going mentally throughout lockdown has been the requests from fans for different covers and performing them on Instagram,” Blake revealed in a statement. “It’s been a joy to discover new music and new ways of playing songs I’ve already heard. I might even throw in a surprise that no one has heard me play on socials before. I’m excited to share it with people.”


It was only last month that Blake released his seventh solo EP, Before. Prior to that, Blake’s last studio project was the album Assume Form, out in January last year.

Blake’s Covers EP will arrive on December 11. Watch Blake perform “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon here:


And stream the studio version of the cover below:

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