Rock Werchter 2017

29 june - 2 july 2017

James Blake

Main Stage

Fri 30 June  20:30 - 21:30

It was James Blake who introduced the world to dubstep. But as a classically-trained pianist, singer/songwriter and creator of introverted electronic pop, this Londoner saved the dubstep for his thunderous DJ sets – until he mixed it all together in Limit to Your Love: a fabulous pop song by Feist, which rides on Blake's deep basslines. It was the strangest hit since Oh Superman by Laurie Anderson (1982). The effects were massive. Soon it attracted the likes of Beyoncé, Bon Iver, Brian Eno, Frank Ocean, producer Rick Rubin, RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) and Kanye West – that’s anyone and everyone who's big and hot. Blake has remained stoical about it. Overgrown (2013) and The Colour In Anything (2016) are deeply intense but stripped-back working pieces, which appear independent of time and space; but – is that why they? – hit harder as a result.