Travis Scott, Rosalía, André 3000, Moses Sumney, Metro Boomin… They were all lining up to contribute to James Blake’s latest outing ‘Assume Form’. Some had an outstanding debt. After all, James Blake teleported the sound of many Beyoncés, Kendricks and other Frank Oceans to the 21st century. By the way, Blake is particularly open-hearted, self-assured and even cheerful on the new record. What a difference with his two previous albums that drenched the listener in melancholy with Blake’s tormented soul, piano and restrained electronics. Anyway, in August he’ll be taking the stage with a smile and you’ll be just as happy standing in front of it.