Of all the tour supports to be on at the moment, James Blake is one of the few that new electronic artists across the U.K. would consider bare knuckle fighting for. Cloud Boat seem to have won that particular bout a long time ago, and have spent the past couple of months steadily opening up shows for the boy wonder, whilst simultaneously managing to keep a staggeringly low profile. Tracks were kept offline, a website wasn’t forthcoming and getting information from anywhere seemed akin to getting blood from a stone. Rather than being a WU LYF style orchestration, though, this feels more like a band who genuinely can’t be bothered getting into the boring politics of online self promotion, especially when they’ve got a sound big enough to bypass all of that.
Blake aside, Radio 1 play has already been forthcoming, and ‘Lions on the Beach’ is a song that feels ready to be A-listed and stuck on repeat. In the wake of dubstep, there’s been a lot of opportunity for the talentless to try earn themselves so notoriety with relative ease, but when you hear the ice cold way in which Cloud Boat deliver this, it’s impossible to ignore the dividing lines between the gifted and the not so.