Electronic this week: James Blake just announced a new album out of the blue

Cheeky stuff by the alluring producer. 

After a few weeks of rumours and a little bit of guerilla-style marketing, it’s now been confirmed that everyone’s favourite purveyor of moody electronica James Blake, has a new album – and it’s out this week. Called Assume Form, Blake’s fourth album is set for release this Friday January 18 via Republic Records. Word on the web is that Andre 3000 and Travis Scott are amongst the guests thatmake appearances on the twelve track offering. Hopefully, the album tour cycle sees the crooner back in Australia sooner rather than later.

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Crown Ruler, Untitled and Moon Dog Brewery have put their heads to together and come up with a huge block party taking over Duke Street in Abbotsford on Saturday February 2, and boy, what a lineup. The Duke Street Block Party will host iconic disco-queen Evelyn Champagne King (backed by a crew of Melbourne session musicians led by Graeme Pogson of the Bamboos, GL and Bermuda), English producer and crate-digger Floating Points, Total Giovanni, John Gomez, CC:Disco, Big Words, Cassettes For Kids, Jess Zammit and a slew of other local selectors. Taking place over four stages/spaces, the party goes down from 12-10pm.

Summer time definitely means day parties, and it doesn’t get much wilder than Daydreams at the Gasometer. Now in their seventh year, Daydreams runs every Sunday arvo into the evening, in the Gaso’s fantastic multi-floor and sunlight-filled atrium. It runs rain, hail or shine thanks to the removable roof, in fact the launch party aimed to raise funds for an upgraded transparent roof, so you can dance under the sky no matter the weather. Expect to hear anything that’ll make you dance, from disco to house, R&B and funk, with the Daydreams team of DJs sure to get you feeling loose. It kicks off at 12pm and runs every week until April.