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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

James Blake review – a spine-chilling, melancholic homecoming

Hammersmith Apollo, London
Sung live, Blake’s skeletal songs become fleshier and more intense, the otherworldly atmosphere skilfully ramped up by his drummer and guitarist

London loves a homegrown success and James Blake more than fits the bill. Boasting a Mercury award win and a Grammy nomination, he’s Kanye’s favourite artist and both wrote for and appeared on Beyoncé’s Lemonade. Then there’s Madonna, who said of Blake: “Some of his songs just kill me.”

Yet the sight of a sold-out, rapturous crowd in the capital visibly awes him. “This is quite an incredible view from here,” the 28-year-old says, “not one I’ve had in London in my career. It’s really, really lovely to be home.”

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