Various Artists / Jordan Rakei - Late Night Tales: Jordan Rakei
Late Night Tales celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of multi-instru- mentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei’s majestic compilation. The 28-year-old modern soul icon effortlessly stamps his own jazz and hip-hop driven sound all over this gorgeous array of handpicked tracks. A beautifully layered blend that is mirrored in the music he’s made, it comes as no surprise that such a supremely gifted songwriter should deliver a mix that is all about the song.
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Rakei, born in New Zealand, but raised in Australia, moved to the UK in 2015; he released his debut album, Cloak, with Oz label Soul Has No Tempo, but his two subsequent LPs, Wallflower and Origin, came out on Ninja Tune, the former #2 in Album Of The Year for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide poll, while Origin was nominated for Best Album at the AIM Awards. Jordan had this to say on his
“I wanted to try and showcase as many people as I knew on this mix. My idea of Late Night Tales was to distil a series of relaxing moments; the whole conceptual sonic of relax- ation. So, I was trying to think of all the collaborators and friends that I knew, who’d recorded stuff with this horizontal vibe. Plus, I was also trying to help my friends' stuff get into the world. I know the story of Khruangbin blowing up after appearing on the series (in fact, I think that's how I discovered them). So, the main idea was to create a certain atmosphere, but also to help some of my favourite collaborators and buddies to give their songs a little push out into the world. Hope you like it"
As Jordan says, there’s so much more to the song selection on Late Night Tales’ latest outing than a random collection of artists. Many have some sort of personal connection, so just as Bonobo provided a platform for the breakout of Khruangbin on a previous LNT, this may have the same effect for Rakei’s friends. After a soothing opener from Fink, good friend and big influence Alfa Mist (part of the Are We Live collective) delivers ‘Mulago.’ “I want to champion their sound and show the world how good he is, and I thought it’d be fitting to start the mix with family,” says Jordan.
1. Fink - Covering Your Tracks
2. Alfa Mist - Mulago
3. Charlotte Day Wilson - Mountains
4. Moreton feat Jordan Rakei - Count a Heart (Exclusive track)
1. Puma Blue - Untitled 2
2. Connan Mockasin - Momo's
3. C Duncan - He Came From The Sun
4. Oso Leone - Virtual U
5. Joe Armon-Jones & Maxwell Owin - Idiom ft Oscar Jerome
6. Snowpoet - Everternity
7. Maro - Forever & Always
8. Homay Schmitz - Speak Up
9. Bill Laurence - Singularity
10. Jordan Rakei - Lover, You Should've Come Over (Exclusive Jeff Buckley cover version)
11. Cubicolour - Counterpart
12. Jordan Rakei - Imagination(Exclusive new track)
13. Alejandro González Iñárritu - Imagination (Exclusive spoken word piece)
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