When New Zealand-born and Australia-raised musician Jordan Rakei moved to London in 2015, he set himself a goal: to release five albums before he was 30. Up to that point, the 23-year-old had built a loyal following online through the independent release of his neo soul-influenced, bedroom-produced debut EPs Franklin’s Room and Groove Curse. Subsequent chatroom connections with London-based multi-instrumentalist Tom Misch and Rhythm Section International label founder Bradley Zero cemented his decision to make the move to the English capital—a city he hoped would expand his sound-world through its diasporic mix.
Six years later, Rakei is a staple of the London jazz and soul scene, regularly collaborating with the likes of Misch, pianist Alfa Mist and drummer Richard Spaven, and is signed with Ninja Tune. He is releasing his fourth album, and with his 2020 LP Small Moments under his house music alias Dan Kye, he has hit his five-record goal—and he’s only 29.
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[This piece was published on 15/09/21]