James Blake releases “Big Hammer” and announces Album “Playing Robots Into Heaven” & Headline Tour

Posted on 29 June 2023
By Khyle Deen
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Gearing up for another pivotal creative chapter, Mercury Music Prize and GRAMMY® Award-winning UK singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer James Blake has released “Big Hammer”, with accompanying music video directed by Oscar Hudson (Radiohead, Bonobo).

“Big Hammer” is the debut single from James’ forthcoming, sixth studio album Playing Robots Into Heaven which will be released on the 8th of September via Polydor/ Republic records.

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 James 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 the 6th of July. 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 but 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 the 18th of September, it will see James travel to his home town in London for an Alexandra Palace show on 28th of September, before wrapping up in Los Angeles on 19th of October. See below for full list of dates.

Fans who pre-order the album from www.jamesblakemusic.com by 6pm on Monday July 3rd will get access to exclusive ticket pre-sale for James’ Alexandra Palace show on 4th of July ahead of general sale on 7th of July.

18 Sep Milan, Italy Fabrique
21 Sep Brussels, Belgium Forest National Club
22 Sep Paris, France L’Olympia
24 Sep Berlin, Germany UFO im Velodrom
26 Sep Tilburg, Netherlands O13
28 Sep London, UK Alexandra Palace

3 Oct Atlanta, GA , U.S. Coca Cola Roxy
5 Oct Queens, NY, U.S. Knockdown Center
9 Oct Boston, MA, U.S MGM Music Hall at Fenway
10 Oct Montreal, QC, Canada L’Olympia
12 Oct Toronto, ON, Canada Rebel
14 Oct Chicago, IL, U.S. Aragon Ballroom
16 Oct San Francisco, CA, U.S. The Masonic Theater
19 Oct Los Angeles, CA, U.S. Hollywood Forever Cemetery