Rhythm Guide: Rochelle Jordan – Play With The Changes | Young Art Records
A blend of 90’s R&B, Garage, DnB and House: Rochelle Jordan’s today-released LP Play With The Changes has it all and comes in as this week’s pick in our Rhythm Guide. For her new album the Los Angeles-based singer was inspired by two sources: UK rave culture of the 1990s and 2000s, which she absorbed when visiting her British-Jamaican family members in London, and her older brother’s tape collection, which consisted of, “gospel, soulful dance, Sounds of Blackness,” she recalls.
Produced by KLSH, Machinedrum, and Jimmy Edgar, the album presents her as a modern heir in a lineage of powerhouse vocalists with style and imagination: everyone from Whitney Houston to Celine Dion, Aaliyah to Amerie, Kelis to Mariah Carey.
With album opener Love You Good, Jordan immediately sets the tone with a DnB banger that makes you doubt if you’re listening to a 2021 or 2003 record. In Got Em she reflects the zest for life she discovered after overcoming both anxiety and a series of professional obstacles via a UK Garage-inspired throwback. All Along voyages back to an early ’90s dancefloor dominated by New Jack Swing and house, given voice by soul-stirring, Black female vocalists and Dancing Elephants is as smooth and delicate as it can get. Verdict: Play With The Changes is a captivating journey from begin till end.