When: Thu., May 2, 9 p.m. 2013
British electronic musician James Blake began his still-young career making dubstep, but as the style lost its trademark moodiness during its extreme makeover on the way to pop-crossover success—largely at the hands of artists who appeared with Blake on Diplo’s 2010 genre survey Blow Your Head—he bailed. For his self-titled 2011 debut album he shifted to an R&B-inspired singer-songwriter approach, but though the record was popular with a subset of the indie crowd, it was also a bore—Blake had replaced R&B’s sensuality with a particularly British wet-blanket vibe. His new Overgrown (Polydor) has considerably more spark: the production is less droopy, there are more shiny pop hooks, and the RZA makes an out-of-left-field cameo that it’s hard to imagine the dour Blake of two years ago releasing. He’s still a moody guy, but on cuts such as “I Am Sold” he emotes over snappy two-step beats—which makes his extended swoon far easier to get down with. —Miles Raymer FaltyDL opens.