Delving deeper into his creative well, Jordan has delivered a record that continues to push personal and societal boundaries, a visionary journey through groove based soul, jazz and hip-hop with hints of psychedelia and afro percussive rhythms.
Written and recorded in his new adopted home of London, Cloak is a scintillating and timeless debut drawing influence and inspiration from the discovery of meditation, the separation from ego and a personal conversation with self. With guest appearances from fellow Australian’sRemi. and Ngaiire – and a feature cameo by the sublime Richard Spaven on ‘Toko’ – Cloakwill take you down the rabbit hole as Rakei expertly navigates explosive new boundaries, where colour and sound collide.
A raw and rare talent, Jordan Rakei (New Zealand born, Brisbane raised, and now London based) has been making waves internationally with his refreshing, modern take on jazz and hip-hop influenced soul. A multi-faceted artist, Rakei switches with ease between his various roles as a musician, producer, singer and songwriter; enchanting audiences with his powerful and captivating live performances.
As Jordan explains in the recently unveiled ‘Uncloaked’ documentary, his sound has developed and changed since his two previously released EP’s. “Usually I’m quite shy when I’m showing people my music…but when I play my album, it just speaks for itself because it covers so many sound palest.”
Trailblazing his way to the top over the past year, Jordan’s co-written track ‘Masterpiece’ (which he also features on) went on to close Disclosure‘s Grammy-Nominated sophomore album, ‘Caracal’, alongside other featured artists NAO, Gregory Porter, Miguel, The Weeknd and Lorde.
Jordan has also seen fruitful collaborations with the likes of: Tom Misch, on his latest full length ‘Beat Tape 2’ (on the track ‘Wake Up This Day’); East London rapper Barney Artist, on his 2016 album ‘Painting Sounds’ (on the track ‘I’m Going To Tell You’), and with acclaimed Australian artist Ta-ku – amongst numerous others.
Speaking more on the release of his new body of work ‘Cloak’, Jordan went on to say: “To people that have been following me for the past few years, this album will come as a surprise. You’ve got to take risks, and you’ve got to push yourself as an artist. I’ve definitely pushed some boundaries…”
A wonderfully ambitious, immersive, diverse record, ‘Cloak’ encompasses aspects from a large selection of reference points – including acid-jazz, hip-hop, soul, and RnB.
Kicking off 2016 with a sold out AUS/NZ tour, four sold-out London headline shows of his own, followed by UK supports for ‘Caracal’-comrade NAO, fellow soul-man Jamie Woon and Fat Freddy’s Drop – not to mention headlining the Annie Mac Presents live series – it is set to be a huge year for Rakei.
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