Veteran of the dancehall, reggae and soundsystem scenes, Rivah Jordan returns with his new trap-influenced track Shoebox. The track is stacked with chilled beats, a consistent mellow bassline and a vibe that can be best compared to artists like Kendrick Lamar and Travis Scott.
With a background that involves the whirlpool of drug dealing and the increasingly violent streets of London, Rivah Jordan brings an undeniable realness to his music, whereby he focuses on his struggle with mental health and his journey to ‘financial freedom’ – a topical context that pinpoints serious issues.
Having produced tracks with the likes of Sly and Robbie and Jack Scorpio and supporting reggae legends Wailing Souls whilst in Jamaica, on his return to the UK Rivah initially signed to pioneering British grime label, Big Dada (Roots Manuva, Kate Tempest, Wiley, Speech Debelle, Young Fathers) and received significant support from British pirate radio alongside BBC World Service and BBC 6 Music.
With these experiences, Rivah Jordan exhibits traits of both Jamaican and English vocal styles and his transition from reggae to trap illustrates his chameleon-like qualities as a music artist.
We’ll leave it to Adam 888, Warner’s latest signing, to explain the genesis of his latest single, Chakra 123:
“In our body we have something called nadis, which are energetic pathways that distribute energy throughout the body. We have about 72,000 nadis in our body and they have 114 important junction points – these junction points are called chakras. Of these chakras, we have 7 major ones that run our being on a physical and non-physical plane.
My intention with this song is to create an expression that symbolises the energy that moves through our first three chakras: the energy of self preservation; our survival instinct. I want to learn more about our body’s internal energy system so we can start to receive & generate pure energy made from truth and love. The song is a reflection of our first 3 chakras”
Blimey! Well, as you might imagine, this is trippy as you like trap (trip-trap?), all beautifully polished and oozing with oddness. Naturally, the accompanying video is equally mad, venturing into dark forests and ending in fiery freakouts. Don’t eat the mushrooms, kids.