If you know about the dance scene, you will recognize the voice of Jordan Rakei. Born in New Zealand and based in London, you undoubtedly heard him on Caracal, the latest album by British dance band Disclosure, which did well on the charts worldwide. Masterpiece is the song that brought Rakei to the attention of a wider audience. But dance is not the music he focuses on: Rakei is one of the forerunners of the new soul movement in Britain, in which hip hop and jazz exert just as much influence as soul itself. Last summer he released Cloak, a work that is so powerful, self-confident and eclectic it's hard to believe it's his first full-length album. North Sea Jazz is proud to be hosting such a major talent with a very bright future.