James Blake has confirmed details of fourth album ‘Assume Form’, which will be released next Friday (January 18th). An intimate UK headline tour has also been announced for April, with fans who pre-order the album via assumeform.com gaining early pre-sale access to tickets from January 16th (tickets go on general sale on the day of the album release).
With the title mysteriously teased on sites around New York, Los Angeles and London at the start of 2019, ‘Assume Form’ can now also be confirmed to feature a world-class cast of guests, ranging from André 3000 and Travis Scott to ROSALÍA, Metro Boomin and Moses Sumney. Here are the kind of diverse and unexpected collaborators who could only be united by a mercurial, one-off talent, and a still-just-30-year-old who on ‘Assume Form’ continues to take bold new shapes.
James Blake has risen to become one of the most important musicians, producers and songwriters in the world. In the last couple of years alone, the Mercury-Prize-winner and Brit and Grammy Award nominee has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Mount Kimbie, Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper & Frank Ocean; not to mention collaborating on arts’ projects with Quentin Blake, Natalie Portman or The Black Panther soundtrack. A truly global presence, in the UK James has headlined the likes of London’s Field Day, Green Man, Glastonbury and has also confirmed an appearance at this summer’s Primavera Sound Festival.
As unrestricted by genre as it is always underpinned by classic, emotionally-open songwriting, James Blake’s new album is arguably his most direct, eclectic and pure artistic statement to date. ‘Assume Form’ also follows a rich period of creative and personal evolution for James, who has spoken candidly about his experiences of mental health, modern-day masculinity, and finding peace. Even the album artwork would appear to represent a fundamental shift for Blake, no longer distorted by illustration, landscape or design, but staring right at you – and into the future.
James Blake’s is an influence that can be felt throughout the modern musical landscape, often hiding in plain sight; allowing the man himself – as his fourth album suggests – to always evolve. To never settle. To ‘Assume Form’.
James Blake – ‘Assume Form’
1. Assume Form
2. Mile High (ft. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin)
3. Tell Them (ft. Moses Sumney & Metro Boomin)
4. Into The Red
5. Barefoot In The Park (ft. ROSALÍA)
6. Can’t Believe The Way We Flow
7. Are You In Love?
8. Where’s The Catch? (ft. André 3000)
9. I’ll Come Too
10. Don’t Miss It
12. Lullaby For My Insomniac
James Blake tour dates:
18/02 Tabernacle, Atlanta GA
20/02 House Of Bluese, Boston MA
21/02 The Anthem, Washington DC
22/02 The Fillmore, Philadelphia PA
24/02 Terminal 5, New York NY
25/02 Termnial 5, New York NY
27/02 Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto ON
28/02 Olympic Theater, Montreal QC
02/03 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak MI
03/03 Riviera Theater, Chicago IL
04/03 Palace Theatre, Saint Paul MN
08/03 Roseland Theater, Portland OR
09/03 Harbour Convention Centre, Vancouver BC
10/03 Moore Theatre, Seattle WA
12/03 Fox Theater, Oakland CA
15/03 Fox Theater, Pomona CA
16/03 Hollywood Palladium, Los Angeles CA
07/04 O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester UK
09/04 O2 Academy, Bristol UK
18/04 Eventim Apollo. London UK
29/05 Nuits Sonores 2019, Lyon France
30/05 Primavera Sound, Barcelona Spain