He suggested that although he missed the small intimate venues that were his gigs when promoting his debut album, there was a lot to be said for the larger canvas on which he was now allowed to paint the sonic pictures that can be found on his Mercury-nominated follow-up, Overgrown.
In some ways little has changed. Blake opened with the multi-tracked vocal showcase of an only child, I Never Learnt To Share, rather than keep it as a crowd-pleaser for later. When he was not doing his solo thing with his fine pianism and easy command of technology, he was accompanied by a drummer and guitarist and that context still seems ideal for his self-contained music.
Although he was bracketed with dubstep, really that is just one ingredient in the mix. It is much more useful to think of his relaxed cool with occasionally dance flourishes as a contemporary take on the jazz trio. Where Oscar Peterson or the more showbizzy Dudley Moore would once spice television variety shows with their musicianship, Blake now sits just beyond the mainstream, doing his own thing.
His following would certainly not squeeze into a smaller gig these days, and a very well designed light and backdrop set-up showed that this trio knows exactly the scale it is now working at, even if the breadth of the stage at the ABC did not show it off to its best advantage.