Spotlight: James Blake
Admittedly, we might be a little late to the party here, but better late than never, right?
It was four years ago when UK artist James Blake first unleashed his music onto the world. At the time, Blake was attending college at the University of London where he studied popular music and spent time recording songs in his bedroom. But, unlike most 20-somethings who sit around recording music in their bedroom, people actually wanted to listen to his. Namely, BBC Radio’s DJ Gilles Peterson, who loved the album so much he invited Blake to come perform on his international show. From there Blake’s popularity rose with each of his EP releases, culminating in his wildly successful self-titled LP which garnered him a Mercury Prize nomination and a top slot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.
Not falling victim to the sophomore slump, Blake’s second album, Overgrown, was even more well-received than his first. Released back in April, the 10-track LP features guest work from the Grammy winning RZA, and electronic producer Brian Eno. It peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard US Dance/Electronic chart, and he finally snagged that coveted Mercury Music Prize for album of the year.
Now, Blake will spend the majority of November on the road in support of the new tunes, kicking off his extensive U.S. run with a show on November 2 at D.C. hot spot the 9:30 Club. You can also catch him at Terminal 5 in NYC on both November 6 and 7, a show which is selling on SeatGeek for an average of $68, nearly 2x face value. Blake will close out the tour with shows on the West coast, his final stop taking place in Mexico City at El Plaza Condesa on November 25. For our neighbors in the north, catch the soulful singer in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. And, although he hails from the UK, Blake’s message is not lost on folks from the South: a Houston performance slated for next March is already seeing secondary ticket prices for an average of $87.
Earlier this year, Blake performed an hour long set at the star-studded Coachella festival, featuring tunes from his current and previous works. If you missed it the first time around, click here to enjoy.
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