James Blake. Some call him dubstep, I heard one reference to “electrosoul” and one girl I met called him “the sexiest ginger in existence”.
I’ll just call him talented.
James Blake and personnel (Ben Assiter: drums & Rob McAndrews: Guitar) rocked the nearly bursting at the seams HOB Downtown on the “Overgrown” tour that has been cut a tad bit short because he’s been shortlisted for the 2013 Mercury Music Prize. I got there at 5:45pm for doors that opened at 7pm. It didn’t look like it was going to be much of a crowd at first but a lot of people were running up and buying tix right before the show.
SAMIYAM opened up and attempted to get the 19 year olds loosened up with his set and then after a 10 minute break, James Blake took the stage.
I can’t even tell you what the first song was (I didn’t manage to grab the setlist either), but the kid is even more amazing live than I thought. Ben Assiter and Rob McAndrews put in some serious work collectively and I enjoyed watching them play immensely. As talented as James is, he honestly wouldn’t be able to do that show without Ben and Rob. Legends, those two.
A beautifully designed show was ended with “Measurements” as the encore. James by himself, no backing band and the sweetest vocals I’ve ever heard. Then cut to black.
Visit: www.jamesblakemusic.com or add him on Facebook to get the updated tour dates - the website itself has not been updated as of yet.