The English musician returns with plenty of exciting news.
2019 is set to be a huge year for James Blake. The artist released his self-titled debut album in 2011 to great acclaim, and as most point out, he went on to grow considerably over the course of his proceeding output. Overgrown – his 2013 sophomore effort – won the Mercury Prize, beating the likes of David Bowie, Disclosure, Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Jake Bugg, Laura Marling and more. It was an incredible achievement, and one very well deserved; there’s something special about James Blake, something wholly unique. He only served to cement this fact with his third release, The Colour in Anything, in 2016.
Over his career he has worked with artists from Kendrick Lamar to Bon Iver, and the features on his forthcoming record are just as tempting. Assume Form is set for release January 18, 2019, and has been confirmed to feature Travis Scott, André 3000, Rosalía, Metro Boomin and Moses Sumney. We cannot wait to hear it, and perhaps more importantly, we cannot wait to hear it live. Along with details of the new record, Blake has announced UK tour dates:
UK: Pre-order the new album at https://t.co/XElwOrqSN3 before 3pm on Jan 15th, for pre-sale access to Manchester, Bristol and London shows this April.
7th April – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
9th April – Bristol, O2 Academy
18th April – London, Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith) pic.twitter.com/9sKC1YthlV
— James Blake (@jamesblake) January 10, 2019
It’s not exactly an extensive tour, so it would be wise to make sure you get tickets. As stated, if you pre-order the album through the website then you will be given pre-sale access. There is no such thing as taking a gamble on a James Blake record – it has been three years since his last effort, and we can guess that he’s been working on something that we’ll be listening to for quite a while.
Although January and April are clearly going to be high-points for Blake, there’s no denying that this is going to be his year to find new audiences and grow; as he has done with every single record. In other exciting music news, make sure you check out BBC Music’s Sound 0f 2019 winner.