James Blake was the first artist to christen NPR’s KCRW studio in Santa Monica, California. The seven-song performance took mere 45 minutes along with a conversation with station music director Jason Bentley.
“It’s a good room. The acoustics in here are great,” James told Bentley in the session that was aired live on radio station’s Morning Becomes Eclectic morning program. “I think you made a good choice,” Blake added about the station’s studio move from a basement under the cafeteria to the Annenberg Studio within the new 34,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art KCRW Media Center, which is also housed on the Santa Monica College campus.
Blake’s set naturally revolved around his latest album, Assume Form, with pivotal moment with “Barefoot in the Park,” which features Latin breakout star Rosalía. The collaboration begun after Rosalía reached out to James and he became engulfed with her debut album Los ángeles.
KCRW plans to incorporate more events in the near future with James Blake setting the tone. The studio can hold up to 140 audience members between the floor and the mezzanine allowing for a rather intimate experience for both the artist and the fans.
Listen to the whole show over on KCRW’s website.