9th & 10th April | O2 Academy

James Blake sneaked onto the scene back in 2009, two years before the release of his double-sided, self-titled album that saw him nominated for BBC’s Sound of 2011. He drew us in with his bedroom-mixed electronic music that centred around his tender vocals. Now, in 2019, Blake has a real spring in his step. Like a baby lamb rolling in freshly-cut grass or a chick hatching from its highly religious chocolate egg, his sound is new.

He’s spent the best part of ten years tempting us in with his ominous and gloomy, yet glamorous electronics and swooping soundscapes, but his fourth studio album, Assume Form, tapped into something a little different. Littered with eclectic artists from across the globe, from Travis Scott and André 3000 to Rosalía and Moses Sumney, the record glows with love, self-assurance and contentment. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Blake will not forget his journey to this point, but instead, bathe the O2 Academy in the light found at the end of the tunnel.

Expect devastating contrasts in ‘Into The Red’ and ‘Barefoot In The Park’, the latter featuring Spanish star Rosalía: one evocative of love and tenderness, the other tragic musings of failed past relationships. In the warmth of his vocals, next Tuesday and Wednesday’s performances will hark back to the post-dubstep era, surrounded by cool and shimmering synthesisers and flickering visuals.

See the video to ‘Mile High’ (feat. Travis Scott and Metro Boomin) here: