Rakei moved to London from Australia four years ago, and quickly became immersed in the UK scene. In his solo work, Rakei makes jazz-imbued sounds that lean intricately into hip-hop and soul alike. He has found fans in seminal producers such as Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin , while Nile Rodgers is also an admirer. It was after spending time in the studio with the Chic mastermind that Rakei decided to explore hookier, funkier territory than before. His latest LP, Origin , is full of a rich, cinematic musicality that feels poppier, sparklier and more breezily ambitious.
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Rakei discusses his latest album and new music he's working on that will sound completely different from everything he's done so far. Ninja Tune. As PopMatters sat down to speak with multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Rakei , neither of us had any idea of the havoc that the coronavirus would soon be playing on both our lives. It may seem like a lifetime ago, but at the time, the media was dominated by news of the tragic fires that had recently ravaged large swathes of Australia. Having lived in Australia from the age of three before moving to London to pursue a music career, this was a very personal tragedy. When we spoke, he was preparing for an acoustic set as part of a "Good Neighbours" benefit concert to help the aid effort. Although primarily, the gig was a fundraising event, it also gave him a chance to strip songs from his most recent album Origin down to their bare bones without the support of his normal, five-piece band. Released in June last year, Rakei's third album, Origin , was widely acclaimed as his most strikingly inventive and accomplished album to date.
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Growing up, he played the piano and guitar, and later learned digital production with an Akai MPC sampler. Rakei's first release was Franklin's Room EP in , self-released via Bandcamp , aged 21 years old. After working with artists such as FKJ and Tom Misch , in December he was part of a Grammy nomination  for his work on Disclosure 's track "Masterpiece", released on their album Caracal.
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