Label: ATLAS/A&M/Polydor

With his self-titled debut album, James Blake forced people to start using terms like post-dubstep to describe the progressive styles he was creating. It's only been two years since that debut, but electronic music has taken giant leaps in both popularity and style, and with Overgrown James Blake continues to stay ahead of the curve. Instead of conforming to the sounds of the moment, Blake uses his production skills to craft something that manages to feel timeless, incorporating R&B, gospel, and pop sensibility into the mostly electronic soundscapes. Relying less on negative space and more on a full-bodied sound, Blake keeps pushing the limits of electronic music and his own ability. In a music environment where most people are just trying to keep up, James Blake seems effortless in setting the pace. —Jacob Moore