James Blake Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song ‘Big Hammer’

    James Blake has announced the follow-up to 2021’s Friends That Break Your Heart. It’s called Playing Robots Into Heaven, and it lands September 8 via Republic. According to a press release, the new record finds James returning to his experimental electronic music roots. Today’s announcement comes with the release of the lead single ‘Big Hammer’, which is accompanied by an Oscar Hudson-directed video. Check it out and find the album’s cover art (by Thibaut Grevet), tracklist, and Blake’s upcoming tour dates below.

    Blake recently teamed up with Metro Boomin for the Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse soundtrack. He also co-produced Killer Mike’s André 3000/Future collab ‘Scientists & Engineers’.

    Playing Robots Into Heaven Cover Artwork:

    Playing Robots Into Heaven Tracklist:

    1. Asking to Break
    2. Loading
    3. Tell Me
    4. Fall Back
    5. He’s Been Wonderful
    6. Big Hammer
    7. I Want You to Know
    8. Night Sky
    9. Fire the Editor
    10. If You Can Hear Me
    11. Playing Robots Into Heaven

    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
    Oct 10 – Montreal, QC – L’Olympia
    Oct 12 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
    Oct 14 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
    Oct 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic Theater
    Oct 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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