Origin (Deluxe Edition)
Brisbane native, and now UK resident Jordan Rakei—the innately talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and live performer, released a deluxe edition of his sublime 2019 album “Origin” on Ninja Tune. The release contains a wealth of new material, including a collaboration with Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning artist Common.
Common is a true titan of hip-hop. With a career spanning three decades, he has recorded a raft of classic material and collaborated with Kanye West, J Dilla, Erykah Badu, The Neptunes, Native Tongues, Robert Glasper and neo-soul supergroup Soulquarians. Arising from a long-held mutual appreciation of each other’s work, the veteran rapper blesses ‘Signs’ (from Jordan’s 2019 album “Origin”) with his unmistakable tones. “I am very grateful to be a part of it,” explains Common. “When I heard the song, I was inspired and I thought it was something that I could be my creative self on. I really appreciate Jordan as an artist and I am excited to be collaborating with him.” Speaking about the collaboration, Jordan added: “I’m so honoured to have a track with Common. It’s insanely humbling to know that one of my favourite rappers of all time liked one of my tracks and decided to be a part of it! We had a conversation when I was in America on tour and he understood the track’s meaning from the get go. I remember walking to high school when I was about 13 and rinsing his albums “Be” and “Electric Circus”. It feels very surreal to say we now share a piece of music together!”
The deluxe edition of “Origin” is completed by two brand new tracks: ‘Borderline’ and ‘Always Coming’; a beautiful cover of Daniel Caesar & H.E.R.’s ‘Best Part’ recorded live at BBC’s Maida Vale studios for Annie Mac (BBC R1); a solo piano rendition of ‘Speak’ recorded at an intimate album launch party at London’s Shoreditch Treehouse; plus live, full-band versions of ‘You & Me’—recorded for Jason Bentley’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ on KCRW—and ‘Mind’s Eye’, ‘Mad World’, ‘Mantra’ and ‘Rolling into One’—all recorded at The Pool Studios, London.More information Artist website