After causing quakes of excitement with his eponymous debut album two years ago, James Blake has been in hiding crafting the follow-up. Rather than endlessly tour and heap pressure upon himself with continual festival appearances, the young crooner has taken everything in his stride.
Post-"James Blake" EPs such as "Enough Thunder" have had little to do with the dubstep scene he found himself aligned to during his earlier days, so much so that Wu-Tang rapper RZA found himself on the new album track "Take a Fall For Me" and Kanye West apparently had a hand in guiding Blake through other tracks such as the single "Retrograde". And some pioneering bloke called Brian Eno produced the tune "Digital Lion" as well.
His second album "Overgrown" finally appeared on 8th April and promptly reached #8, enough to prompt him to confirm a UK tour for later in the year.
Glasgow is the first stop on the tour on 18th September, followed by Manchester, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol and Shepherd's Bush on the 25th.
[TICKETS: 18/4/2013 9:00], priced from £12.50 upwards.
Prior to the tour, you can catch James Blake performing at Primavera Sound in Barcelona during May - day tickets are still on sale, priced at 80 (Blake plays Friday).