I am seriously running out of enough good things to say abotu Rationale. An artist I’ve been following since his debut track Fast Lane, Rationale are climbing through the musical hierarchy and there never seems to be a stop to his consistently strong output. Prolific and polished, Deliverance is just the latest in what seems to be an endless output of brilliance that carries you through a maelstrom of complex emotive processes via a baritone that is smoother than a Samuel L Jackson and Morgan Freeman love clone.
The voice of Rationale really does have to stand out as one of the most distinctive and rich currently recording at the moment. It’s as if Otis Redding meets Nina Simone via a London street party. Deliverance completes this with the typical electronic inspired backing music that subscribes to the adage that spares need not mean uninteresting. Embellishing the track is the addition of a choir that adds a degree of a genuine celebratory atmosphere before the final line of “I need your love,” bringing you back into the tracks subject matter with the drop of the metaphorical pit in the stomach.
It seems such a long time since I saw him, as a surprise from my girlfriend, in a tiny room above a bar in Glasgow. Still, even then, his live show transcended what I expected from his record and complete with dance moves and genuine audience affection, it’s not to be missed. So with that in mind, check the following.
24th April – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds 26th April – Manchester, Gorilla 27th April – London, Electric Brixton 29th April – Live at Leeds Festival
Do you ever have those artists that you have a totally vested interest in? An act that no matter what you’ll follow continuously because, for whatever reason, they speak to a part of you that needs continuous exposure. To me that is Rationale. I remember, over a year ago, covering his first few tracks from his debut EP and thinking there was something special here. It culminated in myself and my girlfriend catching him at King Tuts in Glasgow, before his now massive tour with Bastille. Combining his undeniably smooth voice with equally impressive dance moves left me jealous and my aforementioned girlfriend highly impressed.
Prodigal Son, the new single released ahead of his first full LP in 2017, is probably my favourite track of his so far. Combining a new romantic 80s lick over his now patented smooth delivery builds itself into a rousing track that never strays into the realm of over-indulgent vocal performance. That is the really the talent of Rationale. His uniquely impressive delivery and songwriting are woven throughout the tracks like a sleeping partner. It doesn’t impose or delve into hubris, instead, it builds into a consummate, professional and highly enjoyable product. Do not be a fool. Check it out.
London’s Rationale has just released the final track, The Mire, from his upcoming EP “Fuel to the Fire” due out on Friday. You’d be forgiven if thinking that Rationale had been around for a long time, the maturity in the vocal lines and the magisterial quality of his own voice. Yet Fuel to the Fire is the debut EP of this artist. “The Mire” has been described as being about a jilted lover stuck in the impasse of self-pity. Regardless the nature of this track is just enough to wait for the EP drop. This is going to be excellent. Ideal for sitting down and playing over the top of those wintery nights that are on the horizon.
I’m definitely jumping on the bandwagon for this one. I was conflicted about whether or not to post this up but it’s just too good not to share and seeing as this blog also functions as my own long winded playlist it would be shameful not to feature Rationale’s latest track “Fast Lane.” Fuck me, this is hot shit. So many artists are refuting the self-image instead focusing on the production of their music and this is another shining example in Rationale. What with the advent of technological abilities to make work and the ease of collaboration and self-learning, artists are now increasingly able to produce full bodied tracks whilst maintaining privacy and anonymity. Rationale manage to pick us up with a soulful baritone over wonderfully crafted musical landscapes and for that we are entirely lucky. It’s a track for a contemplative evening which, seeing as Scotland has now clouded over until George RR Martin finishes “A Song of Ice and Fire,” is perfect for me. Watch out for the debut EP coming on an indeterminate date which, judging by this track, is too far away already.