Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake is ushering in a new creative chapter with his new single, “Big Hammer”, out today. Arriving alongside an accompanying music video directed by Oscar Hudson (Radiohead, Bonobo), the new track is the debut single from James’ forthcoming, sixth studio album, Playing Robots Into Heaven, which will be released on September 8th via Republic records. Listen to the track now below.
Playing Robots Into Heaven follows the critically acclaimed Friends That Break Your Heart – James’ highest charting album in the UK to date – and will see him once again return to the electronic roots of his Hessle, Hemlock and R&S records days. It will also nod to his latest creation, the CMYK event series with Ronda INTL which kicked off in LA last March and will be coming to London on July 6th. All the CMYK events over the past year have sold out within minutes and have featured appearances from special guests including, Steve Lacy, Channel Tres and HAii, to name a few.
To mark the release of Playing Robots Into Heaven, James will be embarking on a headline international tour, with dates in the UK, Europe and North America. Kicking off at the Fabrique in Milan on September 18th it will see James travel to his home town in London for an Alexandra Palace show on September 28th, before wrapping up in Los Angeles on October 19th. See below for full list of dates.
Tickets will be available starting with an artist presale beginning today, June 28 at 9am PT/12pm ET. Additional presales will run throughout the week ahead of the general on sale beginning on Friday, June 30 at 10am local time.
JAMES BLAKE 2023 TOUR DATES
Sep 18 Milan, Italy Fabrique
Sep 21 Brussels, Belgium Forest National Club
Sep 22 Paris, France L’Olympia
Sep 24 Berlin, Germany UFO im Velodrom
Sep 26 Tilburg, Netherlands 013
Sep 28 London, UK Alexandra Palace
Oct 3 Atlanta, GA Coca Cola Roxy
Oct 5 Queens, NY Knockdown Center
Oct 9 Boston, MA MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Oct 10 Montreal, QC, Canada L’Olympia
Oct 12 Toronto, ON, Canada Rebel
Oct 14 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
Oct 16 San Francisco, CA The Masonic Theater
Oct 19 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery
CMYK 2023 TOUR DATES
July 6 London, UK Here