"Retrograde" - James Blake [Live at Glastonbury]

Zumic Staff

by Zumic Staff

Published July 1, 2013

James Blake seduced Glastonbury this weekend with his performance of "Retrograde." Though he had a small hiccup around 1:29 with a mis-pressed key, the rest of Blake's performance went on smoothly. James Blake's voice is just as beautiful live as it is recorded, if not a bit more florid, and the crowd was thrilled to see him appear. The hundreds who gathered happily clapped and waved along to the song, each at his own chosen tempo.

Until watching Blake perform live, it is easy to forget that the original recording of "Retrograde" plays two tracks of Blake over each other, one of him singing and one the other of him humming and sometimes providing a harmony. On stage this translated to Blake played a recording of himself humming the hook, while he sang and played the keyboard live. Take a listen above and tell us what you think of the live version.

Check out some more Glastonbury videos of The xx's set, Savages performing "She Will" and Smashing Pumpkins performing "Tonight, Tonight."

James Blake
Electronic Synth Pop
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