Origin, out June 14 on Ninja Tune
Touring Australia in August
‘Rolling into One‘ is the soulfully psychedelic & funky new single from musical polymath Jordan Rakei. The new song is the third taste–following well-received tracks ‘Mind’s Eye‘ and ‘Say Something‘ –from his upcoming third album, Origin, due for release on June 14 on Ninja Tune via Inertia Music.
Origin is an album that is overtly inspired by dystopian visions of our future, with many of the album lyrics exploring technological growth and how it affects our sense of humanity. And, with ‘Rolling into One,’ he notes: “This song is about embracing the mentality of acceptance and perseverance. Things will continue to happen and we can only look at the bright side to remain sane through the rise of technology and artificially intelligent systems. I wanted the song to be sonically vibrant and colourful but maintain it’s darker lyrical theme of a dystopian future.”
On Origin, Rakei has scaled up his ambitions, and is more confident in the way he goes about achieving them. Making tracks that speak more confidently, in brighter colours, and which deal with something bigger than himself. He channeled the classic songwriting and musicality of his heroes Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan, striving to surprise and delight with the form of his work, and always infusing it with the same effortless swing and human feel that he fell in love with listening to A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock and 9th Wonder. He meditates daily, something he adopted partly in response to his issues with anxiety, and something which has shaped his worldview and informed his writing and production process.
The 26 year old moved from Brisbane to London in 2015, signed to Ninja Tune and released his second longplayer Wallflower in 2017. The record – a mature and sophisticated modern soul opus documenting his life-changing move and adjustment to London-living – underlined his innate and expansive talents as a songwriter, producer and performer, opened up a new global audience and earned plaudits from the likes of Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin (Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Flying Lotus) and Bonobo who invited him as main support at his landmark Alexandra Palace show and additionally as a special guest onstage during his set.
Fresh from a sold out show at EartH Hackney last week, Jordan Rakei embarks on his biggest international tour to date, inclusive of Australian dates throughout August.