Jools Holland always recruits high-profile talent for his BBC music program, Later…With Jools Holland. But Tuesday night’s episode featured an extra-savory lineup: the Black Keys, Coldplay and Damon Albarn, all playing high-energy tracks from their brand new albums.
In the above clip, the Black Keys flex their psychedelic muscles on new single “Fever” — taken from their upcoming album, Turn Blue — with frontman Dan Auerbach unleashing his falsetto over a rugged groove. The band (Auerbach, drummer Patrick Carney and a handful of live players) also cranked out a raw version of the swampy El Camino standout “Gold on the Ceiling,” featuring a gloriously sloppy guitar solo from Auerbach.
Elsewhere, Albarn belted his bouncy, ukelele-driven Everyday Robots highlight “Mr. Tembo”; though he does tackle a brief guitar melody, his stage role is mostly conductor – guiding a gospel choir with spirited hand signals, bouncing around the stage with childlike exuberance.
Coldplay also performed two electronic-leaning tracks from their upcoming LP, Ghost Stories. “Magic” starts off a bit shaky, as frontman Chris Martin struggles to wrangle in the vocal melody – but the seductive track blooms as he slips into his falsetto, with drummer Will Champion triggering percussive layers from an electronic drum pad.
Meanwhile, Avicii collaboration “A Sky Full of Stars” builds from an intimate atmosphere to a rousing dance beat, Martin scraping the upper limits of his vocal register with an emotive roar. “It’s such a heavenly view,” he sings over the synth-heavy blast. Not a bad view at all.
Check out the other performances below.
The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”
Damon Albarn – “Mr. Tembo”
Coldplay – “Magic”
Coldplay – “A Sky Full of Stars”