Gigs Of The Week
James Blake’s rising star attracted heaps of big name fans, many of whom played a part in his second album, The Colour In Anything. It features artwork from Quentin Blake, and musical contributions from Bon Iver, Frank Ocean and Rick Rubin. On top of that, he recently lent his voice and production wizardry to a track on Beyonce’s Lemonade. There’s no stopping him – and he’s doing it all with real class, crafting his sound and evolving subtly. He’s playing at the Village Underground on Monday 23 May – expect shows of this size to disappear from his tour schedule very soon.
The ICA hosts genre-bending outfit Suuns for two nights this week. At the same time psychedelic, austere and full of intriguing electronics, they’re a chaotic and fascinating live prospect. Expect to delve into their third album Hold/Still, at the shows on 24 and 25 May.
We love Cate le Bon’s brilliantly eccentric fourth album, Crab Day. She’s almost a Welsh St Vincent; a performance artist who loops awkward rhythms around a gorgeous, haunting voice. It’s not exactly easy listening but she’s utterly absorbing. Catch her at Oval Space on Thursday 26 May.
Announcement Of The Week
Roisin Murphy has an interesting summer ahead; she’s set to play a strong of festival dates in support of upcoming new album, Take Her Up To Monto, and one very special show at The Globe. The former Moloko-singer will be the first ever contemporary musician to headline the legendary stage, on 15 August, as part of the venue’s Wonder Women series. She’ll be introduced by a DJ set by Lauren Laverne.