James Blake makes his Milwaukee debut at Turner Hall

The Mercury Prize winner and songwriter/producer will perform at Turner Hall this Thursday in support of his latest album, Overgrown.

By - Nov 13th, 2013 10:23 pm

James Blake will perform at Turner Hall this Thursday

James Blake first emerged on the music scene in 2009 as an electronic/dubstep producer, recording songs in his bedroom and releasing EPs while studying popular music at Goldsmiths University in London.  With the release of his 2011 self-titled debut album, Blake received praise from both critics and fans alike. It featured singles including “The Wilhelm Scream,” and his cover of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love,” and gave many listeners an introduction to his unique and minimalist sound.

Blake’s sophomore effort, Overgrown, was released this past April and Blake was awarded the 2013 Mercury Prize last month. Overgrown is an overall improvement on Blake’s previous material, with the album proving to be more complex and cohesive than his previous work, finding Blake perfecting his signature style of heavy rhythms and smooth vocals. The album’s lead single, “Retrograde,” showcases Blake’s songwriting and production skills with its infectious hummed melody that builds up to the powerful chorus. “Suddenly I’m hit!” Blake sings. “Is this darkness or the dawn?” The album also highlights a bit of Blake’s hip-hop influences, with “Take A Fall For Me” featuring a guest vocal  from Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Arguably the album’s catchiest track, “Life Round Here” moves into hip hop territory as well, featuring upbeat synthesizers and a dense drum track.

Overgrown is a fantastic addition to Blake’s catalog, and hearing its tracks in the bass-resounding cavern of Turner Hall will be a treat for all in attendance. Don’t miss his Milwaukee debut!

James Blake will make his Milwaukee debut at the Turner Hall Ballroom tomorrow night, Thursday Nov. 14, with special guest Nosaj Thing. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently available and can be purchased here.


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