JORDAN RAKEI (LONDON/NZ)
Songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist
With a string of highly praised releases under his belt and a timeless soulful, jazz, and hip-hop-driven sound, Jordan Rakei, the 29-year-old multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and producer is a rare talent. Born in a quiet town in New Zealand, Jordan moved to Australia at the age of three, spending most of his childhood in Brisbane. In 2014, his Groove Curse EP garnered strong support from North America and Europe, coaxing Jordan to make the 10,000-mile journey to live in London. He quickly made a name for himself in the UK lending vocals to Disclosure’s 2015 album Caracal. However, it was 2016’s self-released debut album Cloak that proved he was an artist ready and able to make huge waves with his own sound.
He went on to sign with independent label Ninja Tune, releasing his second LP Wallflower in 2017, followed by the single 'Wildfire' a year later. Acclaimed by the likes of The FADER, Evening Standard, and Mixmag, it was voted as the #2 Album of the Year at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.
2019 saw Jordan collaborate with his friend Loyle Carner – co-writing and producing the hit singles 'Ottolenghi' and 'Loose Ends' (feat. Jorja Smith). This was followed by Jordan’s sublime third album Origin album and a collaboration with Grammy, Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winning artist and rap legend Common.
In 2019 following previously sold-out US and Australian headline tours, as well as performances at iconic venues and festivals – including Glastonbury, Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party, SXSW, two sold-out nights at Ronnie Scott’s, and a DJ set at Fabric (under his Dan Kye alias) – Jordan played a triumphant sold-out stop at London’s Roundhouse and collaborated with his friends Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes on their album What Kinda Music.