JORDAN RAKEI ANNOUNCES AUSTRALIAN HOMECOMING TOUR IN JANUARY, 2018 FOR WALLFLOWER Album out now on Ninja Tune via Inertia Music
With the release of his inspirational and soul-stirring record Wallflower (out now), Jordan Rakeihas announced he will return to Australia in January, 2018. Following a sold out US tour, the rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures a sonic and emotional awareness will be celebratingWallflower‘s release with headline shows at The Rosemount in Perth, The Triffid in Brisbane, Metro Theatre in Sydney and The Corner Hotel in Melbourne.
At only 25, the Brisbane-raised, London-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer writes with a maturity and flair that belies his years. With a focus on live instrumentation, Wallflower sees Jordan edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound he’s known for. Yet, the groove and the cadence unmistakably remains as Jordan frames soul and jazz in a truly vibrant oeuvre that simultaneously recalls his predecessors The Roots and peers The Internet, Nick Hakim and Hiatus Kaiyote.
Jordan considers Wallflower his most personal work yet – it’s an emotive opus inspired by his own struggles with introversion and anxiety. Sonically lush and complex, yet lyrically relatable and unguarded, key tracks praised off the album include “Nerve” (over 1 million streams on Spotify), “Sorceress” and the latest single “Goodbyes”.
Jordan’s whirlwind rise has been a predominately solo effort. The release of 2014’s EP Groove Curse caught the attention of taste-makers and led to his self-released debut album Cloak (2016) followed by a coveted set at Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party and supports for Jamie Woonand NAO. He has collaborated with Taku, Tom Misch, FKJ, and lent vocals to the Disclosuretrack “Masterpiece” (from their 2015 album Caracal) after the duo were tipped off by a friend who had seen Jordan play a tiny basement bar in Australia.
Supported by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Gilles Peterson (BBC 6), GQ and Pitchfork, Wallflower entered the iTunes R&B/ Soul Chart at number one in Australia and New Zealand.
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Monday January 1 | Coburg Velodrome, Melbourne, VIC
PRAISE FOR WALLFLOWER
“Rakei’s second LP is a melting pot of ideas, pulling inspiration
from a variety of styles and scenes, with his song-writing taking
a step up to another level with this influx of creativity.”
The Line Of Best Fit, 8/10
“A genre mashing mix of electronic wizardry and jazzy time
signatures lent weight by Rakei’s reflective lyrics and
Evening Standard, 4/5
“Creamy modern soul that recalls everyone from Frank Ocean
to Fat Freddy’s Drop.”
“Rakei’s vision is unhurried and luminous; this wallflower
is blooming bright.”
“‘Nerve’ is a modern soul gem.”
Wallflower by Jordan Rakei is out now on Ninja Tune via Inertia Music
Order now: https://InertiaMusic.lnk.to/Wallflower
Featured Photo Credit : Hollie Fernando