Jordan Rakei made his entrance to the scene in 2013, with the self released EP 'Franklin's Room'. It was a remarkably versatile set of tracks, showing his ability to easily switch between relaxing soul ballads and rich reggae influenced beats. Since then the Australian born artist has gone from strength to strength, with 2014 seeing the release of 'Groove Curse'. This EP was far more neo-soul orientated, and took influence from innovators in the genre such as D'angelo. This seemed to be the beginning of a new and exciting trajectory for the young artist.
Step into 2016, and despite a busy touring schedule Jordan Rakei has teamed up with Soul Has No Tempo Records to bring us his debut album 'Cloak' . The album has everything the discerning neo-soul listener could want, from ridiculous vocal chops to modern electronic experimentation. With some serious jazz instrumentation to boot, Jordan seems to have instantly mastered the genre. The elements of the project are brought together with a level of production excellence that's scarcely rivalled. What we have here is the new generation of soul music.
In a year in which the 70's reissue seems to dominate the vinyl world, it truly is refreshing to have a genuinely new release of this calibre. This is an exceptional album, definitely one of the highlights of 2016!
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