RIYL: soulful house

Label: Rhythm Section

Joy, Ease, Lightness releases today on the vibrant Rhythm Section International label. Joy, Ease, Lightness is something we could all use more of. On the track “Tolle,” a voice declares that if you don’t find joy, ease, and lightness in whatever you’re doing, time “covers up what you’re doing in the present moment.” The voice lauds the process rather than the  result of whatever you may be doing. Listening to music is an instance of where we focus on the process, and don’t necessarily think about the end result. Joy, Ease, Lightness is a chilled out deep house record on the surface, but you can’t just leave it at that. While deep house takes inspiration from jazz, this EP, at points, does just feel like a form of jazz for a modern age. On top of that, “Like You Wanna” sounds like a track Disclosure could have made, which isn’t too farfetched a comparison since Rakei worked with Disclosure. Sound good to you? Listen to Joy, Ease, Lightness below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Jordan Rakei burst onto the scene when he arrived in London on New Years Eve 2014. After a 24 hour flight taking him to the other side of the world, Jordan came straight to the pool hall to bring in the New Year with Rhythm Section. This is where the journey began.

Fast forward 2 years and Jordan has immersed himself in the London scene, winning plaudits from countless tastemakers and thousands of fans along the way. He’s sold out a European Tour, he’s shared stages and studios with musical greats and released one of the best albums of the year - the fact that he did this all by himself (with the help of a few friends) cements the fact that Jordan is a future great in the making. His output is relentless, his imagination; boundless. For a musician so unconstrained by style, one moniker would never suffice. Enter Dan Kye: Jordan’s stripped back electronic alias.

Joy, Ease, Lightness is a 4 track EP aimed squarely at the dancefloor, but with a meditative awareness that reaches far beyond the club. Fans of Seven Davis Jr, Steve Spacek et al, watch out - there’s a new man in town: and he goes by the name of Dan Kye.
Yet another stellar release from the Rhythm Section International Crew - undoubtedly the label to watch in 2016.
released December 9, 2016

Price $11.31

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