It's official! We've had our first snow of the year here in NYC, and even though winter is technically a few weeks away, I'm gonna go ahead and call it as officially winter here. Of course I could spend pages and pages going on about all the wonderful winter time activities you could engage in, but honestly, most of them are expensive and require you to put on something other than sweatpants and go out into the -10 degree windchill, so why bother? Plus, most of the snow is melted anyways, unless you want to dig some slush out of the gutter for a fun snowball fight with the added risk of tetanus.
Instead, we've got something better for you to enjoy this week. Soulful Aussie R&B singer and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Rakei
stopped by our office for a Baeble NEXT session recently, and I don't know if it was the Aussie accent or what, but it definitely didn't feel like winter with him here.
Rakei recently dropped his full-length album Wallflower
, and in addition to giving us a wonderfully intimate performance of a few tracks from the album, he spent some time taking us behind the scenes of his writing and recording process. Additionally, you'll get to hear a little bit about Dan Kye, Rakei's dance and electronic alter-ego that blends dance, hip-hop and R&B influences into a funky and fresh sound.
But of course the best part of any session we do is the performance itself, and Jordan does not fail to deliver. A one-man musical venture, Rakei commands your attention with jazz-inspired instrumentation backing his achingly soulful, singer-songwriter and R&B-tinged vocal style. As he's been told, there's a little bit of D'Angelo, Radiohead, and Stevie Wonder all wrapped up into a sound that is 100 percent his own. As he plays his selection of songs, including "Goodbyes", "Nerve", Sorceress" and "Lucid", catch him jumping from instrument to instrument, flexing his talents over a range of sounds and inspirations. It's intimate and vulnerable, and a surefire way to keep warm this winter.