Last Friday, London-based multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei released his newest LP, Origin.
Weaving alt-R&B, soul and electronic textures together, Rakei combines pop sensibilities and creative storytelling to create a uniquely intimate record. Origin’s bright and groovy instrumentation is juxtaposed against the dystopian themes of its lyrics, which articulate the effects of AI and technology on humanity.
“Play to the mind, wide open / Awaken the beast by the meadow / Playful at least, I’m hoping / Show you the doorway to my soul,” Rakei sings on “Mind’s Eye,” which envisions a future where malfunctioning tech implanted in the human body has plunged the user’s mind into chaos.
Origin is Rakei’s first project since 2017’s Wallflower. Check out the album below: