Listen Back to Loops + Dots Episode 10 – New Music from Brittany Howard, Black Midi, Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch, Yakul – Special Guest: Jordan Rakei
Show number 10!
The tenth installment of my Loops + Dots radio show on Dublab aired brand new hotness from Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, math-rock-prog-jazz-band-of-the-moment Black Midi, the winning combo of Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch, and Brighton four-piece Yakul.
This week we also welcomed London-via-New Zealand artist, musician, and Kiwi D’Angelo Jordan Rakei to the show.
I caught up with Jordan for a chat backstage before his recent Hollywood Forever show in LA. We talked about playing the Troubadour two years ago, the pho vs. ramen debate, strong pho puns, getting recognition from Elton John, Quincy Jones, and Nile Rodgers, his house music alias Dan Kye, his kind-of-secret other music alias Frank Liin, making music on the MPC, his love of musical theater, golf, the rise of artificial intelligence, the best thing about London, and explaining the idea behind the cover art of his amazing new album, Origin.
(A conversation-only version of this show is available as Backstage with Dan Digs – Episode 3: Jordan Rakei, as part of my Backstage with Dan Digs podcast series. Previous guests include Slowthai and James Lavelle. You can subscribe and stream all podcast episodes here.)
Here’s how we talked about Jordan’s Origin story.
Brittany Howard – “History Repeats”
Black Midi – “Crow’s Perch”
Harris Mac & Von Sell – “MAKYBAP”
Barney Artist ft Jordan Rakei & Alfa Mist – “I’m Going To Tell You”
Michael Kiwanuka & Tom Misch – “Money”
Yakul – “Blossoming”
BACKSTAGE AT HOLLYWOOD FOREVER WITH JORDAN RAKEI
Bill Withers – “Harlem”
Frank Liin – “Wet Washing”
(Hear more from Jordan’s alter-ego Frank Liin here.)
Jordan Rakei – “Mantra”
Thanks for tuning in. Jordan Rakei’s new album, Origin, is out now via Ninja Tune. Get it here.