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James Blake


Tue 19 Mar 2013, 7:00pm

Where: The Corner Hotel, 57 Swan Street, Richmond, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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Just prior to the release of his highly-anticipated sophomore album, UK’s James Blake will return to Australia for two special shows this month.

Fans in Melbourne and Sydneywill witness the enchantment of James Blake, as he will take to the stage of The Corner Hotel and Verbrugghen Hall for a rare and intimate affair. In his first visit since his famed Splendour In the Grass jaunt in 2011, this tourwill reveal his brand new follow-up album Overgrown live. After collaborating with the likes of Brian Eno and RZA, this material casts light on a further evolved Blake, one with fewer boundaries, a richness of depth and newfound intensity.

Blake’s 2011 self-titled debut tipped the UK bass culture on its head; down previously unimagined roads of introspection. Including singles, ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ and Fiest cover ‘Limit To Your Love’, the work earned Blake a Mercury Prize nomination, along with two BRIT award nominations and a #2 on the BBC Sound of 2011 countdown. It saw him travel the globe over, each show met with pin-drop silence for an audience willing to be transposed to another world.

The 24 year old Londoner’s signature soaring electronics and stunning reinterpretations of dubstep, hip-hop and house are qualities that culminate in latest single ‘Retrograde’. Partnered by a dark and deeply pensive video, the track is an electronic soul testament that earmarks Blake as a worthy successor to thrones long since vacated by Massive Attack and Aphex Twin.