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Jordan Rakei Releases New Studio Album The Loop via Decca

May 10, 2024

Jordan Rakei Releases new studio album The Loop via Decca

Early praise for The Loop

“What has spawned from this approach of raw expressionism is Rakei’s grandest record to date. It’s his most cinematic, most grandiose – his most ambitious.” – Wonderland

“A master producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Rakei’s music is revered for its iconic DIY sound. But in his fifth album he dares to step out in a new direction.” – CLASH

Today sees the release of revered multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei’s fifth studio album, The Loop via Decca (and Verve Forecast in the US). Following previous singles ‘Flowers’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Learning’ and ‘Friend or Foe’, album focus track ‘Trust’ thrives on its rich soulful sound with a deep vocal-led groove and lush brass accompaniment as Jordan explains: “With this one, I was focused more on the feeling I wanted to convey, rather than a specific lyric. I’ve often felt like there’s an element of performance to my personality – I believe we’re only our true selves when we’re alone. So ‘Trust’ is about trying to embrace your true self more, and performing less, trusting that being the ‘real you’ is the right thing.”

The record lands off the back of a host of exciting recent announcements. First up was his 21-date UK & EU tour in support of the album (with 7 US dates added earlier this week), which lands this autumn and includes 2 x Royal Albert Hall shows in October. Next, he announced a run of in-stores for the week of album release in May, with Rough Trade East selling out in minutes and he also appeared on the first Glastonbury line-up reveal. Just last week, the BBC announced that Jordan will be performing his very own BBC Prom in July alongside the Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestra, and Jordan was also recently announced as the inaugural ‘Artist In Residence’ at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios. This huge accolade means Jordan will have access to the entire building, including the fabled Studios Two and Three and the treasure trove of legendary Abbey Road gear, microphones and instruments. In addition to this, Jordan will have a dedicated writing room at his disposal. In the role, Jordan will continue to foster his career-long spirit of collaboration by participating in some of Abbey Road’s outreach programmes and content series which are designed to inform and inspire the next generation of creative talent.

Support for Jordan’s magnificent new music has been coming in thick and fast from all corners with BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo describing ‘FREEDOM’ as “easily one of my favourite songs of the year” before choosing Jordan to perform her final Maida Vale session. ‘FREEDOM’ was A-listed at 6 Music and was Radio 1’s Tune of the Week, with further support from Radio 2 and Radio X playlist. Plays and support across all stations on releases to date continue, with latest single ‘Friend or Foe’ also being added to the BBC 6Music B-list last week.

The Loop marks a new chapter in Jordan’s career that coincides with a number of profound changes in his personal life. It’s an extraordinary record, not least for its sheer, breathtaking ambition whilst retaining the experimental, off-kilter vibe he’s synonymous with. Along with his typically bold production style are spectacular orchestral arrangements and haunting choirs, hypnotic beats and an Odyssean-style narrative that charts a course through times of darkness and positivity.

Recorded at RAK Studios, self-produced and mixed by Ben Baptie, fans and critics will note how on The Loop, Rakei has stepped away from the DIY sound he was once known for (and still loves). He grew up listening to artists such as Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield and D’Angelo and having returned to immersing himself with their music recently, he knew he didn’t want this new album to sound like it was made in a bedroom. Inspired by a Bill Withers documentary, in which his hero ignored the contempt of his peers for daring to reach higher, Rakei set about assembling a crack team of musicians to fulfill his own crystal clear ambitions for this album.

“I wanted to get back to why I fell in love with music in the first place.” Jordan explains. “I found myself listening to my favourite artists again and I wanted to make an ambitious record that was centered around my vocal. I had a no-judgement approach when it came to production and songwriting choices.

The album title refers to that cycle of being a child, and then having children, and the relationship with the inner child. We move forward in life on a loop that never ends and I wanted to explore that vulnerability in my lyrics.”

The Loop Tracklist:

1. Flowers
2. Freedom
3. Friend or Foe
4. Royal
5. Trust
6. State of Mind
7. Hopes and Dreams
8. Learning
9. Cages
10. Forgive
11. Everything Everything
12. Miracle
13. A Little Life

The Loop Instore shows:

10 May – Rough Trade Bristol (SOLD OUT)
11 May – Banquet St Johns Church, Kingston (SOLD OUT)
12 May – Rough Trade Nottingham (SOLD OUT)
13 May – Rough Trade Liverpool
14 May – Resident Brighton (BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT)
15 May – Rough Trade East, London (BOTH SHOWS SOLD OUT)
16 May – The Wardrobe, Leeds

The Loop Live Tour 2024:

04 May – Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham
25 May – Cappadox Festival, Cappadocia
26 – 30 – Jun Glastonbury, Pilton
06 Jul – Love Supreme Festival, Lewes
07 Jul – JaZZx, Timișoara
09 Jul – Palladium Riga, Riga
10 Jul – Vasaros Terasa, Vilnius
11 Jul – Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao
27 Jul – BBC Proms, Gateshead
02 Aug – Salt Wave Festival, Jastarnia
08 Aug – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
03 Sep – Porto, M.Ou.Co
04 Sep – Madrid, Lula
05 Sep – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
07 Sep – Milan, Magazzini Generali
08 Sep – Munich, Muffathalle
10 Sep – Vienna, Arena
11 Sep – Berlin, Huxleys
12 Sep – Hamburg, Ballsaal
14 Sep – Stockholm, Kägelbanan
15 Sep – Oslo, Rockefeller
16 Sep – Copenhagen, Vega
18 Sep – Amsterdam, Paradiso
19 Sep – Amsterdam, Paradiso (SOLD OUT)
20 Sep – Amsterdam, Paradiso (SOLD OUT)
22 Sep – Brussels, AB
23 Sep – Cologne, Stadthalle
24 Sep – Paris, Élysée Monmartre
26 Sep – Manchester, Albert Hall
27 Sep – Bristol, Beacon
01 Oct – London, Royal Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
04 Oct – London, Royal Albert Hall
01 Nov – Washington DC, Lincoln Theatre
02 Nov – New York, Warsaw
03 Nov – Boston, Brighton Music Hall
05 Nov – Montreal, Beanfield Theatre
06 Nov – Toronto, The Phoenix
09 Nov – Los Angeles, Fonda Theatre
10 Nov – San Francisco, The Fillmore