Jordan Rakei – Wallflower - 2017 Neo Soul - Ltd Ed 180 Grm Clear Vinyl 2LP
Jordan Rakei – Wallflower
Ninja Tune – ZEN245X, Ninja Tune – ZEN245
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Clear Vinyl, 180g
22 Sep 2017
Electronic, Jazz, Reggae, Funk / Soul, Blues
Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Neo Soul, Reggae
A1 Eye To Eye
C1 Clues Blues
C2 Chemical Coincidence
D2 Hiding Place
Featuring – Kaya Thomas-Dyke
Manufactured By – Optimal Media GmbH – BH82446
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Ninja Tune
Copyright (c) – Ninja Tune
Mastered At – Alchemy Mastering
Design – Stuart Hardie
Mastered By – Matt Colton
Producer – Jordan Rakei
Comes with printed-on inner sleeves containing lyrics, liner notes and a download code for a WAV and MP3 version of the complete album.
Made In The EU.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode (Text): 5054429119626
Barcode (Scanned [Format: EAN 13; Metadata: GB]): 5054429119626
Label Code: LC-12885
Matrix / Runout (Side A): BH82446-01 A1 ZEN245 A1 = MATT @ ALCHEMY =
Matrix / Runout (Side B): BH82446-01 B1 ZEN245 B1
Matrix / Runout (Side C): BH82446-02 C1 ZEN245 C1 = MATT @ ALCHEMY =
Matrix / Runout (Side D): BH82446-02 D1 ZEN245 D1
A raw and rare talent, Rakei has been making waves internationally with his inventive and refreshing blend of soulful tones, turning everything he touches - from Hip Hop to Dub, Deep House to Reggae - to gold.
A multi-faceted artist, Rakei switches with ease between his various roles as a musician, producer, singer and songwriter; encapsulating audiences with his experimental blend of lo-fi soul.
( The Line Of Best Fit) " Jordan Rakei is a man of many talents. Hailing from New Zealand but now residing in London, the roots of his music have been ripped from the same soil as fellow New Zealand artists such as Electric Wire Hustle and Julien Dyne; blended expertly with the electronic vibrations rising from the concrete of England’s capital.
London’s music scene has obviously had a profound effect upon Wallflower. Having made some well-established friends south of the river with members of United Vibrations and Rhythm Section, the loose, woozy house sound is just one of the elements that creeps in and out of your eardrums throughout the album.
At its foundations, Wallflower is built around jazz, soul, R&B and good old fashioned pop hooks. “Goodbye” brings the bassline and drums to the forefront as Rakei’s flawless voice punctuates the gaps left between the notes. “Sorceress” adds an electronic element to proceedings with swirling synths hovering high above Rakei’s seductive, reverb-laden voice – crying out to his tormentor.
The percussive rhythms seem to be a strong driving force behind the ideas flowing throughout, with the irresistible swing of tracks like “Clues Blues” making it near-impossible not to nod your head as the horns kick in – bringing to mind the dubbed out sounds of fellow New Zealand residents Fat Freddy’s Drop.
The linchpin of the album is of course Rakei’s voice. The way in which he hits each note is almost effortless, with a voice which could smooth over the cracks in any crumbling relationship. As the album comes to a close, Rakei is let loose over the stripped back instrumentation of “Hiding Place” and title track “Wallflower” – giving him and his evocative tones centre-stage.
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 instrumentation and tempos may change throughout, but you will always be lured back to the focal point of this album – Rakei’s boundless voice."
|Format||2LP, 180 Gram|