11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moving to London after the success of 2014’s Groove Curse EP forced New Zealand-born, Brisbane-raised Jordan Rakei to confront his introversion and anxiety. He taps into that experience on this album of warm, inventive soul. With a voice that switches gracefully from velvety longing to Jeff Buckley-like fragility, he picks over his insecurity on the gentle funk of “Nerve” and sighs about an “unnecessary goodbye” on the fluid, string-mottled “Goodbyes.” “Clues Blues” offers the best showcase of Rakei’s skill and versatility, moulding electronic R&B, dub, and jazz into a cohesive soundtrack for his absorbing introspection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moving to London after the success of 2014’s Groove Curse EP forced New Zealand-born, Brisbane-raised Jordan Rakei to confront his introversion and anxiety. He taps into that experience on this album of warm, inventive soul. With a voice that switches gracefully from velvety longing to Jeff Buckley-like fragility, he picks over his insecurity on the gentle funk of “Nerve” and sighs about an “unnecessary goodbye” on the fluid, string-mottled “Goodbyes.” “Clues Blues” offers the best showcase of Rakei’s skill and versatility, moulding electronic R&B, dub, and jazz into a cohesive soundtrack for his absorbing introspection.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

This album is aural bliss, really.

getbacklittlebrother

Wallflower is a tremendous sophomore album and I plan on having it on repeat for months on end just as I did with Cloak. Thanks for sharing your gift with the world, Jordan!

Goodbyes🔥🔥🔥👌

Exzavier-3030

It’s a beautiful song great job love the sound and the groove

Like a James Blake/Jacob Collier love child!

eclipsing binary

Mmm. Love it. 😍

About Jordan Rakei

A soul-rooted alternative R&B artist who sings, writes, produces, and plays keyboards, Australian Jordan Rakei debuted in 2013 with Franklin's Room, a self-released six-track EP. A remarkably mature set, it displayed the ease with which Rakei can switch from classic soul ballads to reggae grooves. Rakei was busier in 2014, a year during which he issued the more R&B-oriented -- and D'Angelo-inspired -- five-track Groove Curse EP, including "A Tribe Called Government," a track that later appeared on the Sounds for the Reef compilation. He appeared on recordings by FKJ ("Learn to Fly"), Louis Baker ("Just Want to Thank You"), YesYou ("So Much to Give"), Ta-ku ("Sunrise/Beautiful"), and Alfa Mist ("Hopeful"). Most prominent of all was a contribution to Disclosure's Caracal ("Masterpiece"). Rakei released an accomplished album, Cloak, in 2016, followed in 2017 by Wallflower, the latter of which was released on Ninja Tune. ~ Andy Kellman

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