REVIEW: Jordan Rakei @ 100 Club, 19/6/15

On Friday 19th June 2015, the multi-talented artist Jordan Rakei performed an energetic set at the 100 Club in Oxford Street, London.

Signed to the record label Soul Has No Tempo, Rakei fuses a mix of sounds into his music ranging from genres such as soul, jazz, reggae and more. Having released both downloadable and vinyl records from his latest EP ‘Groove Curse’, the Australian singer/songwriter is currently located in London and whilst here, is performing several shows across Europe.

The seven-piece band Retrospective For Love was the support act for this evening. Livening up the show with their spirited style, the skilled collective formed a groovy scenery, leaving the crowd wanting more after their set and prepping for the headline act to take stage.

Shortly after and warmly welcomed by the enthusiastic crowd, Jordan graced the stage assisted by his rhythmic band. Instantly engaging, the audience danced along to the ocean of sounds displayed in the set. Playing the keyboard whilst singing sweet vocals, Jrakz fully immersed with the music as he performed a mix of both new and older material. Tracks from Groove Curse including Add the Bassline and Street Light were played, as well as songs from his debut EP Franklin’s Room, inviting fans to sing along to the lyrics.

Halfway through the set, the band left the stage, allowing Jordan to perform a solo song with his electric guitar. Demonstrating his range of musical talents, the crowd absorbed his cool and persuasive energy by swaying along to his accomplished cadence. After this piece, the band re-joined the stage and the dynamic set continued.

Later on in the gig, Rapper Barney Artist joined the stage to perform a new song that he and Jordan worked on. This collaboration created a more Hip-Hop like vibe as heavier beats were embedded into the track, compelling the crowd to bop along.

When the event had finished, Rakei humbly thanked the crowd for attending and hung around the bar, opening up the opportunity for audience members to speak to him.

Overall, this event was full of positive energy, which formed an easy going environment, as everyone enjoyed the talented and entertaining performances. All Jazz & Soul music lovers should definitely consider seeing Jordan Rakei live. You can check out his music on Soundcloud here.

By Maxine Harrison

The Verse Staff

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