James Blake has released a new single, ‘Loading’, ahead of his upcoming album.
- READ MORE: James Blake live in London: hometown hero celebrates longevity with a career-spanning set
‘Loading’ serves as the second preview of ‘Playing Robots Into Heaven’, which is due for release on September 8 via Polydor/ Republic. The album will see Blake return to his electronic roots seen within his earlier works, such as 2013’s ‘Overgrown’ and 2010’s ‘Klavierwerke’.
‘Loading’ features rhythmic drum patters, cascading synths and layered vocals that give the tender and delicate track an emotional touch. Listen to ‘Loading’ below.
‘Loading’ follows June’s ‘Big Hammer’, which served as the lead single for James Blake’s forthcoming album.
‘Playing Robots In Heaven’ will be the follow-up to Blake’s acclaimed 2021 LP ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’. In a five-star review of the album, NME wrote: “‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ stuns in how unexpected it is. Blake could have gone anywhere after his blissed-out 2019 LP ‘Assume Form’, and he did: the ‘Before’ and ‘Covers’ EPs followed last winter, and the former reconnected with Blake’s roots in dance music in a full circle moment that spoke to his strength as a vulnerable lyricist and his skill as a producer. ‘Friends…’ takes both sides further, using the disarming heartbreak of its title as the blueprint for further revelations.”
Last month, Blake also announced an international tour later this year, with dates in the UK, Europe and North America. Check out the complete list of tour dates below, and visit here for UK tickets and here for US tickets.
James Blake 2023 tour dates are:
18 – Milan, Italy – Fabrique
21 – Brussels, Belgium – Forest National Club
22 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
24 – Berlin, Germany – UFO im Velodrom
26 – Tilburg, Netherlands – 013
28 – London, England, Alexandra Palace
3 – Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
5 – Queens, New York, Knockdown Center
9 – Boston, MA, MGM Music Hall at Fenway
10 – Montreal, Quebec, L’Olympia
12 – Toronto, Ontario, Rebel
14 – Chicago, IL, Aragon Ballroom
16 – San Francisco, CA, The Masonic Theater
19 – Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Forever Cemetery