Listen: Jordan Rakei – ‘Signs (feat. Common)’ from forthcoming album “Origin (Deluxe Edition)” out 13th March 2020

Jordan Rakei —the innately talented multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and live performer—will release a deluxe edition of his sublime 2019 album “Origin” on March 13th 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 which is available to listen to today

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.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Jordan’s amazing NPR Tiny Desk Concert and caps an incredible 12 months for the young musician. The release of “Origin” was met with widespread acclaim from the likes of Hypebeast, The Observer, The Evening Standard, Complex and GQ, and appeared in numerous best-of-year lists. He made fans of Nile Rodgers—with whom he spent time in the studio—Robert Glasper and Terrace Martin (producer for Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Herbie Hancock). He sold-out London’s iconic Roundhouse as part of a huge run of worldwide headline shows and leading festival appearances including Glastonbury, where he joined Loyle Carner on stage to perform their collaboration ‘Ottolenghi’. Jordan is also scheduled to play a sold-out show at the upcoming BBC 6 Music Festival in London on Saturday 7th March with Robert Glasper and Sudan Archives. See here for details.

Disc 01

1. Mad World
2. Say Something
3. Mind’s Eye
4. Rolling into One
5. Oasis
6. Wildfire
7. Signs
8. You & Me
9. Moda
10. Speak
12. Mantra

Disc 02

1. Borderline
2. Signs (feat. Common)
3. Always Coming
4. Speak (Live Piano Session)
5. Best Part (Maida Vale Session)
6. Mind’s Eye (The Pool Session)
7. You & Me (KCRW Session)
8. Mad World (The Pool Session)
9. Mantra (The Pool Session)
10. Rolling into One (The Pool Session)

Preorder here
Watch the short documentary ‘The seeds of Origin’

Tour dates:

7 March Dingwalls (6 Music Festival) *SOLD OUT* London, UK