James Blake Wows The Crowds At Sold Out London Show
It was such a magical night for James Blake and everyone at the show...
Last night James Blake took to the stage at London’s Eventim Apollo for a long-awaited sold out show in his hometown.
Although his popularity is obvious, the tour pretty much sold out in a matter of minutes, he is still very much an anti-fame enigma compared to some of the more high profile musicians on the scene.
With just shy of 300,000 Twitter followers, he’s remarkably low profile for someone who is selling out shows as big as the Eventim Apollo, as well as co-writing songs from Beyoncé’s Lemonade. No big deal.
He took to the stage last night and performed an array of tracks spanning his three albums, although they were predominately from his latest record, The Colour In Anything.
One thing that sets James Blake’s live show apart from his records is how the songs are never exactly how you hear them through your headphones. Take ‘Choose Me’ for example, a stand out song from TCIA. He began at the build up to the song’s climax straight of the back of his hit track ‘Life Round Here’, a mash-up made in heaven.
The beauty of his show, as he later explained to the crowd, is that everything we hear is performed live. Imagine that in 2016, electronic music performed WITHOUT a laptop - crazy, right?
He admits he couldn’t do it without the two amazing musicians joining him onstage, and at times it feels like we’re intruding on a private jamming session between a few mates. So much so that they get carried away and the songs transcend into face melting bass territory, which everyone in the crowd was absolutely loving by the way.
Highlights from his set included one major throwback (S/O to all the day one James Blake fans out there) where he performed his remix of ‘Stop What You’re Doing’ by Untold, as well as pointing to his Beyoncé co-writing with a performance of their track ‘Forward’ from Lemonade.
He finished the main part of his set with a cover of one of his dad’s tracks, ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ (that also features on his debut album) before coming back on, just him, where he performed his spine-tingling rendition of Joni Mitchell’s ‘A Case Of You’, and we weren’t the only ones with tears in our eyes.
Showing a lighter side he introduced his final song, ‘Measurements’ by saying he was going to use a loop to build up the song, which in 2016 ‘isn’t that impressive anymore’. He also asked the crowd if it could be ‘just [him] on this one’, to which the doting crowd obliged.
Getting just under 6,000 people to shut up is pretty impressive, you could have heard a pin drop as just him and his piano did what they do best.
Overall the show highlighted James Blake’s talent and also that he is all about the music. No gimmicks, no theatrics, just James, his band and some pretty awesome lighting.
Life Round Here
Limit To Your Love
Love Me In Whatever Way
Stop What You're Doing (James Blake Remix)
Forward (From Beyoncé's Lemonade)
I Need A Forest Fire
I Hope My Life
The Colour In Anything (Ft. Moses Sumnay)
The Wilhelm Scream
A Case Of You (Joni Mitchell Cover)