Sound Advice: 1021, by Rochelle Jordan
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Sound Advice: 1021, by Rochelle Jordan

The R&B vocalist and songwriter continues to experiment on her first full-length album.

Rochelle Jordan 1021

Toronto-raised, Los Angeles-based Rochelle Jordan has been an underground R&B darling for a couple of years now, and the praise she’s received is wholly warranted. Evidently inspired by the late-’90s R&B sounds of Aaliyah, Jordan has fashioned an electro-soul soundscape with a chilled-out feel on her debut full-length 1021.

With 1021, Jordan continues building on the sounds first heard on 2011’s Rojo and 2012’s Pressure—records she cut in her Toronto bedroom studio. As Jordan’s vocal and songwriting abilities continue to bloom, so too does her continued experimentation with R&B and soul music. Working with longtime collaborator-producer KLSH, Jordan merges synth and 808 drum sounds with breezy lyrical sensibilities.

R&B is in something of a transitional phase—taking old sounds and refashioning them with millennial awareness now seems to be the order of the day—and hypnotic efforts such as 1021 are emblematic of that. Jordan is part of this movement—one that will no doubt make for an aurally adventurous ride.