Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, singer Jordan Rakei is a soulful singer who incorporates jazz and hip hop into his creations. He released his first EP, Franklin’s Room, in 2913 via Bandcamp. He followed up with Groove Curse in 2014 but began to think about taking a long journey to find new inspiration.
London was where he landed. He met producer and musician Tom Misch and lent his vocal talents to Discolusre’s Caracal. He released his own full-length debut, Cloak in 2016.
Since then, he has been steadily gaining fans and critical appreciation. He’s performed and collaborated with some of London’s hottest jazz musicians, including Oscar Jerome, Binker Golding, Moses Boyd, Alfa Mist, and Joe Armon-Jones. 2017’s Wallflower continued to build up his reputation. Line of Best Fit raved, “The way in which he hits each note is almost effortless, with a voice which could smooth over the cracks in any crumbling relationship.”
His latest album, Origin, was released earlier this year. PopMatters has dubbed the album, “a Neo-Soul Masterclass...a rich, intoxicating listen.” The Guardian has named him “one to watch,” noting the album “is full of a rich, cinematic musicality that feels poppier, sparklier and more breezily ambitious.”