Jordan Rakei at The Roundhouse, London
With the release of his highly praised third album ‘Origin’ earlier this year Jordan Rakei has gone from strength to strength, and we were very lucky to catch his sold-out Roundhouse show on 18th October.
This gig was the last show of his European tour and after a summer of big festival dates, including Dot to Dot and Cross the Tracks. He’s also been touring the world and we were excited to see what his live show had to offer. As part of his lineup, Rakei had five backing singers all beautifully harmonising, and this really created an enchanting aspect to the evening. Hailing originally from New Zealand, Rakei has truly made a name for himself in the UK, not least because of his beautiful collaborations with modern jazz stalwart Tom Misch and UK Hip-Hop prodigy Loyle Carner. The Roundhouse was truly treated to something special when Rakei brought out both artists to perform ‘Ottolenghi’ and ‘Wake Up This Day’ with Carner and Misch retrospectively. One final surprise collaborator he brought on stage was up and coming rapper Barney Artist, who brought an energetic vibe to the set.
A few of the musical highlights of the night included Rakei’s single ‘Mind’s Eye’, his first solo material since 2018’s ‘Wildfire’, ‘Say Something’ and ‘You & Me’. ‘Mantra’, the closing song of his latest album, was truly entrancing. This song is considered by many to be a new sound for Rakei and has a more natural feel to it than some of the other tracks on the album.
The whole set was a true wonder to see. If you have a chance to catch him on the American leg of his tour do! You won’t want to miss this live experience.