Back from an extended studio hibernation, Jordan Rakei releases new single ‘Mind’s Eye’ today. It’s his first solo material since 2018’s ‘Wildfire’ and the first new music in what promises to be a busy 2019. It follows a string of live and studio collaborations with his friends Tom Misch, Alfa Mist and Barney Artist(aka the Are We Live collective); Loyle Carner (Jordan wrote and produced recent single ‘Ottolenghi’);Richard Spaven (Flying Lotus, Jose James, Mala); and Rosie Lowe.
Switching up from the highly personal and intimate portrait he painted with “Wallflower”, Jordan has taken a step back to study humanity as a whole. Overtly inspired by dystopian visions of our future – notably Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, The Handmaid’s Tale and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return – combined with Jordan’s inner contemplation of humanity and our existence, ‘Mind’s Eye’ describes a future world in which wearable tech has been superseded by tech implanted in the human body. “The subject of the song is experiencing a technological malfunction which is flooding his mind’s eye with projections of chaos causing him to question his reality,” explains Jordan.
The 26 year old moved from Brisbane to London in 2015, signed to Ninja Tune and released his second longplayer “Wallflower” in 2017. The record – a mature and sophisticated modern soul opus documenting his life-changing move and adjustment to London-living – underlined his innate and expansive talents as a songwriter, producer and performer, opened up a new global audience and earned plaudits from the likes of Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus) and Bonobo who invited him as main support at his landmark Alexandra Palace show and additionally as a special guest onstage during his set.
Having performed at iconic venues and festivals including Glastonbury, Field Day, Pitchfork Avant-Garde, SXSW, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and two sold-out nights at Ronnie Scott’s, Jordan will play a handful of intimate European and US headline shows in May and June including London’s EartH:
15 May – EartH, London, UK
20 May – Cinetol, Amsterdam, NL
22 May – Privatclub, Berlin, DE
25 June – Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles, US
27 June – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, US
Tickets on general sale on Friday 01 March: jordanrakei.com
Jordan Rakei signs to Ninja Tune and unveils new single ‘Sorceress’. At only 25, the New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures a sonic and emotional awareness many artists spend their entire careers chasing. ‘Sorceress’, the first single taken from his forthcoming album, sees Jordan edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound his fans have come to know him for. “It’s about how the ego can fully control the way you act and perceive life”, he says.
Jordan’s whirlwind rise has been a predominately solo effort. His exceptional musical ability (he writes, sings and plays most of the instrumentation on his records himself) is accompanied by an unrelenting – yet agreeably humble – ambition. His aptitude and knack for songwriting caught the attention of tastemakers following the release of his 2014 EP “Groove Curse”. His self-released debut album “Cloak” (2016) lit the blue touch paper, earning him a coveted set at Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party 2016 and supports for the likes of Jamie Woon and NAO. Drawing early support from the Soulection crew, he has collaborated with Taku, Tom Misch, FKJ, and lent vocals to the Disclosure track ‘Masterpiece’ (from their 2015 album “Caracal”) after the duo were tipped off by a friend who had seen Jordan play a tiny basement bar in Australia. He is equally respected by the jazz fraternity – collaborating with United Vibrations (featuring Yussef Dayes of Yussef Kamaal fame), Richard Spaven (Flying Lotus, 4 Hero, José James) and Alfa Mist.
Moving from Australia to London, Jordan met Bradley Zero, founder of South London record label and party Rhythm Section. Bradley encouraged him to try his hand at a collection of dancefloor-driven tunes which became the EP “Joy, Ease, Lightness”, released by the label at the end of 2016 under the alias Dan Kye.
With a recent sold out date at KOKO in London this past April, Jordan has established an incredibly diverse live show that he is set to take on the road in Autumn across the US and Europe.