New Album: Jordan Rakei – Wallflower (2017/09/22)

:: I’m in LOVE


“Wallflower”: introverted, misunderstood, sensitive, strange and seemingly unknowable.

Newly signed to Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei has battled his inner demons and written an inspirational, soul-stirring record in the process. Titled “Wallflower” which will be released on 22nd September 2017.

At only 25, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer – born in New Zealand to a Kiwi mother and father from the Cook Islands – is a rare talent whose distinct take on soul captures a sonic and emotional awareness many artists spend their entire careers chasing. He writes with a maturity and flair that belies his years and new album “Wallflower” sees Jordan edging beyond the peripheries of the genial, often sun-flecked sound his fans have come to know him for. The easy swing that has been the backbone of his sound from the outset is ever present, harking back to teenage days spent in his bedroom with his beloved MPC trying to emulate 9th Wonder and Pete Rock. On “Wallflower” the tools and the process have evolved – the focus is on live instrumentation – but the groove and the cadence are unmistakable, framing soul and jazz in a truly vibrant oeuvre that simultaneously recalls his predecessors The Roots and peers The Internet, Nick Hakim and Hiatus Kaiyote. 

Jordan’s whirlwind rise has been a predominately solo effort. His exceptional musical ability (he writes, sings and plays most of the instrumentation on his records himself) is accompanied by an unrelenting – yet agreeably humble – ambition. His aptitude and knack for songwriting caught the attention of tastemakers following the release of his 2014 EP “Groove Curse”. His self-released debut album “Cloak” (2016) lit the blue touch paper, earning him a coveted set at Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party that year; supports for the likes of Jamie Woon and NAO; and a call-up to play AMP. Drawing early support from the Soulection crew, he has collaborated with Taku, Tom Misch, FKJ, and lent vocals to the Disclosure track ‘Masterpiece’ (from their 2015 album “Caracal”) after the duo were tipped off by a friend who had seen Jordan play a tiny basement bar in Australia. At radio, Jordan has been championed at BBC R1/1Xtra by Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Mistajam, Jamz Supernova, Toddla T plus Mary Anne Hobbs and Gilles Peterson at BBC Radio 6 Music. 

Jordan considers “Wallflower” his most personal work yet – it’s an emotive opus inspired by his own struggles with introversion and anxiety. Sonically lush and complex, yet lyrically relatable and unguarded, listeners are offered a glimpse into the mind and artistry of a musician who grapples with his own self- image and fears every day. On ‘Sorceress’ (recently supremely reworked by Photay) the ego is personified as a sinister and controlling spirit figure led by equal parts understated ethereal guitar and Jordan’s superb multi-layered vocals. New single ‘Nerve’, featuring Dave Okumu of The Invisible on guitar, is upbeat and incites a sense of renewal as its lyrics call out the fallacies within self-constructed paradigms. Elsewhere, the ska-tinged ‘Clues Blues’ is laced with trombone and saxophone by Ahmad Dayes and Wayne Francis II from South London pillars United Vibrations. 

“It’s about how the ego can fully control the way you act and perceive life,” he says. Jordan’s decision to leave his home in Brisbane for London in 2015 has had a life changing effect on his music, his career and his outlook. Just thinking about a 10,000 mile relocation was traumatic, and these feelings were exacerbated by his introversion and anxiety. However, he plucked up the courage to make the move and never looked back. 

“In Australia, I was stuck in a bubble”, Jordan explains. “When I moved to London I had to deal with my introversion through ‘exposure therapy’. Every day I met new people for a whole year. I met every producer, songwriter, and musician I could. You have to improve as a person to improve as an artist”. Building a new community in London, Jordan linked with Tom Misch, Loyle Carner, Richard Spaven and Alfa Mist – musical likeminds experimenting on the fringes of jazz, soul and hip-hop – and also met Bradley Zero, founder of South London record label and party Rhythm Section. Bradley encouraged him to try his hand at a collection of dancefloor-driven tunes which became the EP “Joy, Ease, Lightness”, released by the label at the end of 2016 under the alias Dan Kye. 

In many ways “Wallflower” is a direct emotional response to his new surroundings and is undoubtedly testament to Jordan’s personal strength, drive and overriding passion for his art as well as a reflection of his openness and eagerness to reach out and explore London’s fertile music underground. It cements not only his importance as a contemporary, and truly exhilarating, soul voice on the international stage, but his stature as a producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in total command of his sonic vision. [Press Release via Bandcamp]

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Artist: Jordan Rakei
Title of Album: Wallflower
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Label: Ninja Tune

1. Eye To Eye
2. May
3. Sorceress
4. Nerve
5. Goodbyes
6. Clues Blues
7. Chemical Coincidence
8. Carnation
9. Lucid
10. Hiding Place
11. Wallflower (feat. Kaya Thomas-Dyke)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 17 // Mercury Lounge // New York, NY
Sep 19 // Constellation Room at the Observatory // Santa Ana, CA
Sep 20 // Troubadour West Hollywood, CA Sep 22 Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop // San Francisco, CA
Sep 22 // Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop // San Francisco, CA
Oct 11 // O2 Institute3 // Birmingham, UK
Oct 12 // Thekla // Bristol, UK
Oct 13 // The Haunt // Brighton, UK
Oct 16 // Manchester Gorilla // Manchester, UK
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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Listen: Hiatus Kaiyote – Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson .Paak)

:: Amazing vibes!


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Artist: Hiatus Kaiyote
Title of Album: Laputa (Taylor McFerrin Remix feat. Anderson .Paak)
Release Date: April 15, 2016
Label: Masterworks

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More ‘Hiatus Kaiyote’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Mar 31 – New Album: Choose Your Weapon (2015/03/31) / Track ‘By Fire
2015, Nov 25 – New EP: By Fire (2014/12/025) [Full Album Stream]
2013, May 15 – New Track: Nia Andrews – Colours (Hiatus Kaiyote Remix) [Free Download]
2012, Aug 25 – Nakamarra / New Album ‘Tawk Tomahawk’ [Full Album Stream]


New Single: Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker) – Fear Less

:: First track since the name change! I’m loving this direction and can’t wait to hear what else is to come!

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Artist: Nick Murphy
Title of Single: Fear Less
Release Date: September, 2016

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 27 // Pitchfork Music Festival Paris // Paris, France
Nov 09 // O2 Academy Brixton // London, United Kingdom
Jan 21 // Laneway Festival // Singapore,  Singapore
Jan 26 // Laneway Festival // Brisbane, Australia
Jan 28 // Laneway Festival // Melbourne, Australia
Jan 30 // Laneway Festival // Auckland, New Zealand
Feb 03 // Laneway Festival // Adelaide Sa, Australia
Feb 04 // Laneway Festival // Sydney, Australia
Feb 05 // Laneway Festival // Fremantle, Australia

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New Album: Flume – Skin (2016/02/05) / Track ‘Smoke And Retribution feat. Vince Staples & Kučka’

:: Here’s another new one!


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Artist: Flume
Title of Track: Skin
Release Date: February 05, 2016
Label: Future Classic

1. Helix
2. Never Be Like You feat. Kai
3. Lose It feat. Vic Mensa
4. Numb and Getting Colder feat. KUČKA
5. Say It feat. Tove Lo
6. Wall Fuck
7. Pika
8. Smoke & Retribution feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA
9. 3
10. When Everything Was New
11. You Know feat. Allan Kingdom & Raekwon
12. Take a Chance feat. Little Dragon
13. Innocence feat. AlunaGeorge
14. Like Water feat. MNDR
15. Free
16. Tiny Cities feat. Beck

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 05 // Harts Mill Port // Adelaide, SA, Australia
Feb 06 // Brisbane Showgrounds // Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Feb 07 // Sydney College of the Arts // Sydney, NSW, Australia
Feb 13 // Footscray Community Arts Centre // Footscray, VIC, Australia
Feb 14 // Esplanade Reserve and West End // Fremantle, WA, Australia
Feb 16 // Roundhouse // London, UK
Feb 17 // Le Trianon // Paris, France
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Flume’ on Music Pickings:
2015, May 29 – New Track: Some Minds [Official Music Video]
2014, Mar 22 – Listen: Flume & Chet Faker – What About Us
2013, Nov 27 – New Single: Flume & Chet Faker – Lockjaw
2013, Jan 21 – New Single: Flume – Left Alone ft. Chet Faker [Official Video]
2012, Dec 14 – Flume – What You Need


New Album: The Jezabels – Synthia (2016/02/12) / New Track ‘Come Alive’

:: flyin’


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Artist: The Jezabels
Title of Album: Synthia
Release Date: February 12, 2016
Label: Caroline

01.  Stand And Deliver
02.  My Love Is My Disease
03.  Smile
04.  Unnatural
05.  A Message From My Mothers Passed
06.  Come Alive
07.  Pleasure Drive
08.  Flowers In The Attic
09.  If Ya Want Me
10.  Stamina

Upcoming Tour Dates:
26 Feb // The Forum Theatre // Melbourne
28 Feb// The Gov // Adelaide
2 Mar // Enmore Theatre // Sydney
4 Mar // The Triffid // Brisbane
5 Mar // Astor Theatre // Perth
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

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More ‘The Jezabels’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jan 30 – New Album: The Brink (2014/01/31) [Full Album Stream]
2011, Oct 24− Endless Summer [Official Video]
2011, Oct 05 − Dark Storm / Mace Spray [Official Video]


New Album: RÜFÜS // RÜFÜS DU SOL – Bloom (2016/01/22) / New Track ‘Like An Animal’

:: Great tune!


Cover Art:
RÜFÜS - Bloom

Artist: RÜFÜS
Title of Album: Bloom
Release Date: January 22, 2016
Label: Electric Sparklers

1 Brighter
2 Like an Animal
3 Say a Prayer for Me
4 You Were Right
5 Be with You
6 Daylight
7 Hypnotised
8 Tell Me
9 Until the Sun Needs to Rise
10 Lose My Head
11 Innerbloom

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Listen: TKSTXDT – Illuminate

:: Beautiful track!


The Kite String Tangle and Dustin Tebbutt, two of Australia’s brightest young artists, have joined together to collaborate on one track. ‘Illuminate’ showcases the best of both of rising artists’ talents – angelic vocals, sparkling production and lyrics that aim straight for the heart.

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Artist: TKSTXDT (The Kite String Tangle & Dustin​Tebbutt)
Title of Single: Illuminate
Release Date: April 24, 2015
Label: The Kite String Tangle Pty Limited & Narvik Records

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Official WebsiteFacebook | TwitterSoundCloud