Jordan Rakei (Ninja Tune) Announces New Album ‘Origin’ & Shares Soulful Single “Say Something”

Jordan Rakei just announced his third album Origin, due for release on June 14 via Ninja Tune. Since signing to Ninja Tune and releasing Wallflower, Jordan Rakei has stamped his authority as a preternaturally talented songwriter, producer and live performer and cemented his worldwide rep as a modern soul icon in the making. The London-based, New Zealand-born and Australia-raised musician has also clocked over 100 million Spotify streams, performed at iconic venues and festivals including Glastonbury & Pitchfork Avant-Garde Block Party, and has sold out US and Australian headline tours including upcoming sold out shows in NYC and LA this June. Today, Rakei shared new single “Say Something” and announced a massive international tour with North American dates to be announced soon.Hear “Say Something” and pre-order / pre-save the album HERE, and see tour dates below.

Soulful, intimate and expansive all at once, Origin cuts straight to the point, in every sense of the word–the melodies are brighter, the sound is bigger and the vision behind it more finely-tuned. Switching up from the highly personal and intimate portrait he painted with 2017’s Wallflower, which was a way of grappling with his experience of anxiety and introversion,  Origin is overtly inspired by dystopian visions of our future – notably Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. With many of the album lyrics exploring technological growth and how it affects our sense of humanity, Jordan notes: “I’m worried that we’re losing a sense of connection.”

New single “Say Something” is “about speaking up for what you believe in”–a call to arms for future humans to stand up against the AI systems which govern a now-dystopian world. It follows recent single “Mind’s Eye,” which envisions a future world where malfunctioning tech implanted in the human body has flooded the users mind with projections of chaos.


May 15 London, UK – EartH *sold out

May 19 Brighton, UK – The Funk & Soul Weekender

May 20 Amsterdam, NL – Cinetol *sold out

May 22 Berlin, DE – Club Privat *sold out

May 24 Manchester, UK – Dot 2 Dot,  The Ritz

May 25 Bristol, UK – Dot 2 Dot, SWX

May 26 Nottingham, UK – Dot 2 Dot, Trent Uni

Jun 09 London, UK – Cross The Tracks Festival

Jun 14 Mannheim, DE – Maifeld Derby

Jun 16 Dhërmi, AL – Kala Festival

Jun 25 Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge *sold out

Jun 27 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade *sold out

Jul 05 Ewij, NL – Down The Rabbit Hole

Jul 14 Dour, BE – Dour Festival

Jul 17 Nice, FR – Nice Jazz Festival

Aug 17 Brisbane, AU – Triffid

Aug 19 Melbourne, AU – Melbourne Recital Hall

Aug 21 Sydney, AU – Metro

Aug 23 Auckland, NZ – Powerstation

Aug 24 Wellington, NZ – San Fran

Sep 25 Stockholm, SE – Nalen

Sep 26 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset

Sep 28 Hamburg, DE – Mojo

Sep 29 Berlin, DE – Columbia Theatre

Oct 01 Cologne, DE – CBE

Oct 03 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

Oct 04 Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie

Oct 05 Brussels, BE – AB Ballroom

Oct 08 Dublin, IE – Academy

Oct 10 Birmingham, UK – The Mill

Oct 11 Manchester, UK – Academy 2

Oct 12 Leeds, UK – Uni Stylus

Oct 15 Bristol, UK – SWX

Oct 16 Brighton, UK – Concorde

Oct 18 London, UK – Roundhouse

**North American Fall Tour Dates TBA Soon

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