Bass! How Low Can You Go?May 12th, 2011
James Blake – The Bowery Ballroom – May 11, 2011
If you’re ever looking for a party with more bass than a room knows what to do with, look no further than James Blake. He will take you to church, of the dubstep variety. His set mixed heavy bass with disjointed beats, vocoders and lyrical repetition, so it was easy to get lost in the music and not realize when one song ended and another began.
Catching the crowd’s cheers in his loop pedal, Blake said it hadn’t been since the last time he played in New York City that he’d “been to a gig like this because this feels like I’m at one, not just playing one.” With a wonderfully distinct and versatile voice, he brought out his Feist cover of “Limit to Your Love” to the delight of a packed Bowery Ballroom. It’s hard to pick between his softer moments and his bass-heavy ones as he does both so well, but if I had to, I wouldn’t mind losing a bit of bass to hear some more of that beautiful voice. —Lauren Glucksman