It didn't take much time for James Blake to expand his electronic compositions past the limits of the dubstep scene that embraced him for his first releases, records that combined inventive sample work with jazzy chords and warm-to-the-touch sub-bass. His self-titled album brings the young musician's voice to the forefront of his work, and it's colored his productions with a soulful singer-songwriter vibe that's miles away from dubstep's current incarnation; it's less concerned with blitzes of low-end wobble than it is a quiet storm of murky R&B. Blake's music peeks at you with sad bedroom eyes, pleading for shelter under your covers. With Active Child. 18+.
Mon., May 16, 8 p.m., 2011