Coupling R&B vocals with Garage and Drum & Bass influenced beats, ‘Play With The Changes’ brings humanity and kicking beats in equal measure. Jordan’s lyrics tend towards the open and vulnerable while her vocal style retains a self-assured sultry quality that fits somewhere on the continuum from Aaliyah to FKA Twigs.
Featuring extensive production credits from Machinedrum, as well as tracks from Jimmy Edgar, the beats here are on the edge and future looking even when funnelling the sounds of Jordan’s 90s childhood in London. The hollow bass reverberating on ‘Something’ will be familiar to anyone in tune with Machinedrum’s work, while closing track ‘Situation’ starts as a buoyant neo-R&B track before stepping back and drawing from the lighter side of soulful Big Beat vocal lines.
It’s a wonderful sleight of hand that shows Rochelle Jordan is here to play.