Jordan Rakei & his music evolution so far.

Jordan Rakei - Photo Credit The Guardian

Have you heard of him before?

Originally from New Zealand, he moved to London to continue his music career.

In 2016 Jordan Rakei released ‘Cloak‘ and by 2017 he’d released ‘Wallfower.’

This was him over 7 years ago doing a cover of ‘Blackbird‘ – Fat Freddy’s Drop, have a listen below.

A dramatic turning point where he came under our radar was shortly after he collaborated with Loyle Carner on the song Ottolenghi in 2019.

Carner’s classic style of spoken word along with Jordan’s soft vocals made a catchy, interesting duo.

Next came his 2020 ‘Origin‘ (Deluxe album).

His talented use of keys hooked me in with favourite being his track Mind’s Eye.

In 2019 he performed Mind’s Eye live. He sang and played keyboard.

Six minutes in and your whole mind will be blown…

Borderline‘ builds such ambient vibes, proper low fi , the chorus is beautiful practically brings me to tears every time I hear it.

Have a listen to him live at Montreux Jazz Festival below.

His NPR Tiny Desk Concert was also insane…

His latest release ‘Wind Parade‘ which came out in August last year, it certainly got a lot of attention, with it being a reworked version of Donald Byrn‘s Wind Parade.

Jordan’s musical abilities know no limit, with him being a record producer, singer and songwriter. The triple threat !

I’ll leave you with one last song ‘Mad World‘ just to sum up the current times, released just on the cusp of ‘Lockdown 1’.

Photo Credit – The Guardian

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