Written by Rahoul Naik
New Zealand born, London based artist/producer/songwriter Jordan Rakei has quickly become one of the most respected and sought-after musicians in modern music. His newest single, Sorceress, is a testament to his musical ability from production to vocals and his contribution to the jazzier genres on our musical spectrum.
Debuting in September 2013, with the self-released 6-track EP titled Franklin’s Room, he has gone on to establish himself as one of the forerunners of today’s new soul music movement, earning the respect of his peers Hiatus Kaiyote, Tom Misch, Questlove, Gilles Peterson, Disclosure, Annie Mac and Mary Anne Hobbs.
Last year, Rakei dropped his debut full-length project, Cloak, which really shone a spotlight on his talent and ability and received rave reviews from across the board. Songs like Midnight Mischief and The Light really give us an insight into Rakei’s sound and mind; something a little hard to find in modern pop music.
We’re really excited to see what the rest of 2017 holds for Rakei and if we can expect some sort of project towards the end of the year with some bigger friends of his such as Disclosure and Tom Misch. Rakei’s in a really exciting position in music right now as the sound of electro-jazz and electro-soul gains popularity with other musicians such as SG Lewis and Tom Misch, we can see Rakei seizing the opportunity to gain more fans and produce at the quality he has already.
He’s established an incredibly diverse live-show which sees him either performing with a full band at sold out venues, or, performing at tastemaker festivals and nightclubs with his fresh and impressive solo electronic set. We cannot wait to see Rakei at Love Supreme Festival in a few weeks and really experience his live show.
Check out the track below.
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Picture Credit: Tom Ewbank