Jordan Rakei - Origin
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Jordan Rakei - Origin

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    Two years on from the release of his critically acclaimed "Wallflower" album on Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei returns with his most eagerly awaited set to date. Happily, it doesn't disappoint. Beginning with the electronic soul-pop brilliance of "Mad World", Rakei effortlessly flits between synth-laden hip-hop-soul ("Say Something"), slinky downtempo songs ("Mind's Eye"), 21st century disco-boogie anthems ("Rolling Into One"), slow-burn musical fusions (the military drums, Juju guitars and heartfelt vocals of "Oasis") and the kind of sumptuous, sun-kissed fare that defies easy categorization. With Rakei's sultry vocals taking centre stage throughout, "Origin" is a sparkling set that just gets better with every listen.

    180g Vinyl LP

    Side 1
    1. "Mad World" (3:16)
    2. "Say Something" (2:42)
    3. "Mind's Eye" (4:06)
    4. "Rolling Into One" (4:20)
    5. "Oasis" (4:21)
    6. "Wildfire" (4:11)
    Side 2
    1. "Signs" (2:59)
    2. "You & Me" (4:15)
    3. "Moda" (2:54)
    4. "Speak" (4:48)
    5. "Mantra" (5:47)

    Two years on from the release of his critically acclaimed "Wallflower" album on Ninja Tune, Jordan Rakei returns with his most eagerly awaited set to date. Happily, it doesn't disappoint. Beginning with the electronic soul-pop brilliance of "Mad World", Rakei effortlessly flits between synth-laden hip-hop-soul ("Say Something"), slinky downtempo songs ("Mind's Eye"), 21st century disco-boogie anthems ("Rolling Into One"), slow-burn musical fusions (the military drums, Juju guitars and heartfelt vocals of "Oasis") and the kind of sumptuous, sun-kissed fare that defies easy categorization. With Rakei's sultry vocals taking centre stage throughout, "Origin" is a sparkling set that just gets better with every listen.

    180g Vinyl LP

    Side 1
    1. "Mad World" (3:16)
    2. "Say Something" (2:42)
    3. "Mind's Eye" (4:06)
    4. "Rolling Into One" (4:20)
    5. "Oasis" (4:21)
    6. "Wildfire" (4:11)
    Side 2
    1. "Signs" (2:59)
    2. "You & Me" (4:15)
    3. "Moda" (2:54)
    4. "Speak" (4:48)
    5. "Mantra" (5:47)