Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux
After the colossal success of his first three albums, James Blake has reinvented his entire artistic process and managed to produce the best work of his career so far. The stunning Assume Form, an album about the power of love and relationships, builds on his reputation of being one of music’s most essential collaborators, while showing the world his growth as a solo artist.
Blake, a founding member of the 1-800 Dinosaur label collective, was first introduced to the world with his self-titled debut in 2010. In 2013, he released his follow up, Overgrown, which won him a legion of fans and a nomination at that year’s Grammys for Best New Artist. His 2016 album The Colour in Anything was a bracing continuation of his work that bent the borders between electronic music, R&B, and U.K. soul. One of our generation’s strongest live performers, he’s played venues such as The Sydney Opera House, Radio City Music Hall and Glastonbury Festival.