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A producer and songwriter as well as a live performer, Jordan Rakei was born in New Zealand but operates from London. During the initial stages of his career in music, Rakei served as a keyboard player in several bands in his home country. Around 2012, he also found work as a session musician in Brisbane, the Australian city he lived in for a while. Rakei has stated that it was at this time that he began the journey of recording his first works. He says that producing and playing on his own compositions for the first time constituted some of the most rewarding times of his life. He has not looked back since, and continues to operate in a focused and creative way.
Rakei soon gained an extensive knowledge of everything that it takes to be an artist who produces his own work. From arranging and recording to writing and mixing, Rakei has honed his musical skills in the years since he began working as a solo artist. In the studio, he also spent a good deal of time mastering his audio in order to get a body of work sounding coordinated.
Jordan Rakei's early recordings
Other than demos, Rakei had not put out a serious recording until September 2013, when his debut EP came out. Named Franklin's Room, this was a work of six separate songs and it pushed him forwards on the new soul music scene. The likes of Gilles Peterson, Annie Mac and Mary Anne Hobbs all picked up on Rakei's debut. The work featured some powerfully soulful vocal work, with rhythms that could have been at home with a reggae band. However, Rakei's style could not truly be pinned down at this point. Along with the skanking grooves and soul, there were also identifiable touches of jazz.
Jordan Rakei's later releases and live work
Following the initial good reception of Franklin's Room, Rakei went on to produce Groove Curse in 2014. Available for digital download as well as on 12-inch vinyl, this EP had five songs on it and featured some collaborations with other musicians and songwriters. It was at this time that Rakei was included on the track “Learn to Fly” by FKJ.
In 2016, Rakei launched his debut album, entitled Cloak. This spawned the singles “Talk to Me” and “The Light”. It featured some hip-hop touches and included rapping on some of the tracks. Since then, Rakei has continued to perform live, sometimes with a full soul band. He is equally at home behind the keyboard, singing and playing as a solo artist.
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