London-based Australian multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei has released his spirited new version of “Wind Parade,” a track that originally appeared on trumpeter Donald Byrd’s 1975 R&B fusion classic Places and Spaces. You can check the track out below.
“Wind Parade” is the seventh single to be released from the upcoming Blue Note Re:imagined – the forthcoming collection of classic Blue Note tracks re-imagined by a selection of the UK scene’s most exciting young talents. The collection also includes Yazmin Lacey’s “I’ll Never Stop Loving You”, Steam Down’s “Etcetera”, Poppy Ajudha’s “Watermelon Man”, Skinny Pelembe’s “Illusion”, Jorja Smith’s “Rose Rouge”, Ezra Collective’s “Footprints” and more.
Jordan Rakei has garnered attention for his timeless soulful, jazz and hip-hop driven sound, with a string of highly praised releases under his belt. He has clocked up over 100 million Spotify streams and is well known for his collaborations with stars of the UK neo-soul and jazz scenes. 2019 saw Rakei collaborate with Loyle Carner – co-writing and producing the hit singles “Ottolenghi” and “Loose Ends (feat. Jorja Smith)” and most recently he played at this year’s BBC Radio 6 Music Festival 2020 in London with Robert Glasper and Sudan Archives and collaborated with Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes on their Blue Note album What Kinda Music.
Blue Note Re: imagined will also include new interpretations of Blue Note originals by such figureheads as Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Donald Byrd, Eddie Henderson, McCoy Tyner and Andrew Hill. Blue Note is further marking its release by opening the Blue Note Re:imagined online merchandise shop, where you can order the album in various formats, including an exclusive 2LP blue vinyl edition.
Also on offer are 7-inch vinyl editions of the singles by Jorja Smith, Poppy Ajudha and Steam Down, as well as Blue Note Re:imagined sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts and a bucket hat.
Blue Note Re:imagined is out on October 2 and can be pre-ordered here.