Jordan Rakei is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Seemingly everywhere except his hometown, or even country for that matter, he’s seen huge amounts of success thanks to his soulful RnB songs with modern flair. He also, just casually, nabbed a feature spot on Disclosure‘s 2015, Grammy-nominated record, Caracal. So yeah, he’s pretty good.
Now, he’s set to embark on a national tour and already has two dates behind him. Promising a hell of a show, he will be hitting New Zealand this weekend before jaunting around to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney next week. He’s an exciting artist, and is a name we will undoubtedly be seeing more of in the very near future as he gears up for the release of his debut album out in the middle of the year.
Before Jordan gets the fame and fortune he absolutely deserves, we decided to get to know him a bit better so we asked him what three records changed his life. If you check out his latest single, The Light, below, his choices won’t surprise you at all.
Amazing sound textures. Amazing harmonies. Amazing soundscapes. Incredible rhythm sections. I love this album so much and was a massive influence on my initial production style. He worked with incredible musicians on the album too so it opened my mind to collaboration.
Fat Freddy’s Drop, Based On A True Story
My dad showed me this album when I was 13. All I can remember is socialising, watching the rugby and listening to it. That’s pretty much my whole teenage life. Fat Freddy’s Drop. I can’t remember a day walking to school when I wasn’t listening to them. Lead singer Dallas Tamaira in general totally influenced the way I approach melody and still use him as a reference to this day.
Radiohead, In Rainbows
This album told me it was ok to have adventurous soundscapes, take risks musically and have long instrumental sections. Radiohead were the catalyst for me out of the soul world and I now listen to many more different types of music, purely because of them!
Jordan Rakei tour dates:
Friday 12th Feb – Flyrite, Perth
Saturday 13th Feb – Rocket Bar, Adelaide
Saturday 20th Feb – SPLORE Festival, Orere PT NZ
Sunday 21st Feb – Matterhorn, Wellington NZ
Thursday 25th Feb – Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane
Friday 26th Feb – The Evelyn, Melbourne
Saturday 27th Feb – Newtown Social Club, Sydney