Jordan Rakei, chanteur, producteur et multi-instrumentiste d’origine néo-zélandaise désormais basé à Londres, s’est forgé une place de choix parmi les talents prometteurs d’un R&B moderne et ouvert, en prise avec son époque.

Une envolée de sa jeune carrière que Jordan doit avant tout à lui-même. Son exceptionnel talent musical (il écrit, chante, joue la plupart des instruments présents sur ses disques…) se mêle à une ambition acharnée de prouver son statut d’artiste complet. Largement soutenu par la presse spécialisée, Cloak contribue à établir Jordan Rakei comme une voix au talent déjà bien affirmé, à l’écriture subtile et à la sensibilité étonnante. Auréolé de collaborations pour Disclosure, Taku, FKJ, Tom Misch et Richard Spaven, Jordan Rakei signe chez Ninja Tune et sort dans la foulée un single en juin 2017, Sorceress, premier extrait de son album à venir.

Piochant autant dans les références R&B moderne incontournables (Frank Ocean, The Weeknd…) que dans des influences plus subtiles, jazz, psychédélique ou même reggae par moments, cachées sous les productions cousues main, Jordan Rakei enveloppe le tout de sa voix délicate et aérienne, qu’il manie avec une indiscutable aisance.

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Aged 18, Jordan self-released his debut EP “Franklin’s Room” in 2013 via Bandcamp. Getting his start as a “bedroom producer”, he spent most of his days fine-tuning his production and songwriting skills but quickly outgrew the humble moniker as he began to establish himself as a diverse artist able to effortlessly blend soul, jazz and hip-hop. The more time he spent in Brisbane, however, the more he found himself “stuck in a bubble”, burrowing deeper into his natural lean toward introversion and struggling to connect with others socially. It wasn’t until the release of “Groove Curse”, the 2014 EP that garnered strong support from North America and Europe, that Jordan felt the pull away from Brisbane and decided to make the 10,000 mile journey to London.

With his feet on the ground in London – a city three times smaller in size than Brisbane but far more congested in population – Jordan had no choice but to throw himself into London’s music scene and he made efforts to connect with everyone he could. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into”, he explains. “When I moved to London I had to deal with my introversion through ‘exposure therapy’. Everyday I met new people for a whole year. I met every producer, songwriter, and musician I could. You have to improve as a person to improve as an artist”.

Serendipitously, Jordan’s introversion and social exposure was the kindling that resulted in his 2016 release “Cloak”, the debut album that shifted his entire songwriting and musical approach, stripped back his tendencies to keep others out of reach from his creative process, and saw him tour the record across sold out venues in Europe, the UK, Asia, Australia, and dates at Pitchfork Paris and Annie Mac’s AMP.