James Blake Debuts Two New Songs in Toronto, Reiterates Album Out "Soon"

James Blake Debuts Two New Songs in Toronto, Reiterates Album Out "Soon"
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Revered electronic-based songwriter James Blake kicked off his current mini-tour last night (November 30) at Toronto's Mod Club, where he treated the crowd to the first taste of his forthcoming third album.

Near the show's beginning, Blake played new song "Radio Silence," a bass-heavy tune featuring lyrics that "can't believe" two lovers have drifted apart. When it ended, he told the crowd that he would play more new music from his new album, which he promised would be out "soon."

Blake finished the show with new song "Forever," another heartbreaking solo piano piece, as the encore. While footage of "Forever" likely won't emerge online — Blake asked for cell phones to be put away during the song — you can hear a bit of "Radio Silence" in the fan-captured Instagram video below.

The two tracks are the first to be named and performed since Blake told the Miami New Times that his next record is "70 percent done." Though he played new single "200 Press" as well, it's unclear whether the single will be included on the new album.

You can hear that song below, after the Toronto setlist, which shows both "Radio Silence" and "Forever." Read more from our concert review here.

As previously reported, the "200 Press" single will drop on December 8. It will be available digitally, on 12-inch vinyl, or across a double 7-inch through Blake's 1-800-Dinosaur imprint.

[Editor's note: a previous version of this story referred to Blake's cover of Bill Withers' "Hope She'll Be Happier" as a new song. We regret the error.]


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