Written by Kai Feltham
Highlighted by many as one to watch in 2017, London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumental extraordinaire Rationale has released his second EP entitled Vessels. Consisting of the four stand-alone singles Prodigal Son, Vessels, Reciprocate and Tethered, the release builds on an incredibly successful 2016, further reinforcing Rationale’s status as one of the most exciting up-and-coming British artists on the scene right now. Under the moniker of Rationale, Tinashe Fazakerley has reached new heights as an artist in his own right, having previously worked behind the scenes as a songwriter for artists such as the Brit Awards Critics’ Choice Winner Rag’n’Bone Man. The new release of his Vessels EP is a further step along the road to mainstream success that Rationale already finds himself a significant distance along.
The Vessels EP marks the end of a cycle of drip-fed releases from Rationale since the 2015 EP Fuel to The Fire, following a year of increasing exposure and recognition in 2016. Going from lauded festival sets on intimate marquee stages to providing the main support for Bastille’s UK & Europe arena tour, Rationale is an artist already on a significant upward curve of success. It isn’t hard to see why this has been the case, with the Vessels EP representing a microcosm of what is popular in modern R&B today. The most immediately notable element of Rationale’s work is his voice, which is distinctly unique. Deep and soulful and described by many as almost androgynous in sound, Rationale is an entirely individual artist, drawing resemblance to the likes of Tracy Chapman. Combining equal parts electro-pop, soulful vocals and beats that prove irresistible to dance along to, his Vessels EP proves that Rationale has established the perfect formula for long-term success.
Opening track Prodigal Son is deep and brooding, leading with a darkly textured synth riff that cuts through the epicentre of the track. The central focus of the song is Rationale’s soulful vocal, harmonising to great effect with the backing of his fantastic band members. The title track Vessels opens with the religious chords of an organ, soon breaking into a suave yet classic R&B beat. As the track builds to its climax, choral vocals build to a crescendo of gospel proportions, declaring that “you could be mine”. The real highlight of the EP is found in third track Reciprocate, a finger-clicking, dance inducing sing-along number. The song is an instant classic, with Rationale’s powerful vocal at its core. Combining R&B with funky bass and disco beats, Reciprocate has the potential to become a favourite on dance floors all over. The final single on the EP is Tethered, a down-tempo smooth ballad. The song is beautiful and sleek, providing the perfect end to the EP, as well as the perfect atmosphere for the end of the after-party.
Following on from a steady stream of exceptional singles will be no mean feat for Rationale, but the excitement for his first full length release in palpable amongst fans as well as the likes of Radio One DJs Annie Mac and Huw Stephens. The expectation is that an album will be on its way around the end of March but in the meantime, both of Rationale’s EPs are available on Spotify, iTunes and in physical formats.
Fresh from his dates with Bastille, Rationale is set to play three live dates of his own in the UK in April in Birmingham, Manchester and London. Dates and details are available at www.iamrationale.com and we highly recommend that you get along to check out his really enjoyable live show and exceptional band.
Listen now, tell all of your friends and get in there early, because Rationale is going to be huge.
Check out the brilliant single Reciprocate here, along with a taste of the excitement and energy that Rationale brings to the stage: