This song finds a despairing James Blake singing of hitting a wall and resorting to drugs while writing his third studio album.
I'm in a waiting after every inhalation They're keeping me full today Where is my beautiful life?
In January 2015, midway through writing The Colour In Anything, James Blake hit a creative block. Every night he went to sleep below his home studio in south London, worrying about the record. To relieve the pressure, he smoked too much weed. "I hit a real low," Blake told The Guardian. "I started feeling like I was banging against the wall. It's a miracle that my current girlfriend walked in at that point."
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.
"Lean On" was originally sent by Major Lazer to both Rihanna and Nicki Minaj's camps as a slower reggae track. After both parties rejected the tune, Major Lazer recruited Danish singer MØ to supply vocals and recorded it themselves.
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.