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"This is a guy we're really excited about." Annie Mac
"This person has discovered beauty in their voice" Pharrell Williams
"There's no easy comparison for his voice, a mountainous baritone that could make him the most remarkable new singer since Sam Smith." Evening Standard
"Expect to be haunted and generally blown away by that voice." Metro
"Rationale has been killing it left, right and centre." Pigeons & Planes
"Recent soul-steeped releases find the right focus for his intense, full-blooded voice." i
"Rationale's rich baritone is one of the most distinctive out there." The Line Of Best Fit
"Powerful, stirring, and honest songwriting." - Clash
All evidence suggests that the London-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rationale is firmly en route to bigger things in 2017. Previously backed by influential fans such as Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Annie Mac, Rationale's forthcoming EP 'Vessels' features two HypeMachine #1 tracks in the shape of 'Prodigal Son' and the title track. It's completed by two new tracks: a beguiling hybrid of funk, disco and soul infused into an 80s-tinged production with 'Reciprocate', and 'Tethered' which was inspired by the synth-orientated minimalist sound of Tame Impala.
After embarking a huge arena tour as guest to Bastille, his first UK tour of the year was entirely sold-out and culminated with a major London show at Heaven. The Evening Standard noted, "The audience reaction was astonishing for an artist yet to release an album."
As demonstrated with a show-stealing performance on 'Later With Jools Holland', Rationale creates bold, genre-hopping songs that are rich with soul and heartfelt emotions. His lyrics reflect real life stories that are amplified for dramatic effect, and his productions blend classic arrangements with cutting edge sonics. It's a sound that's connecting with a huge and growing audience, with almost 25 million streams accumulated at Spotify ahead of the release of his debut album later this year.
Rationale was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, to a mother with a diverse record collection which included everything from Fela Kuti to Meat Loaf. Later settling in London, Rational and soaked up the eclectic influences that are now found in his music. His most striking strength is his soaring baritone vocal that simultaneously evokes Drake and Morrissey, but it's a voice that's instantly recognisable as his own.
Rationale's song 'Fast Lane' debuted in April 2015 to an overwhelmingly positive response as it debuted at #2 on Spotify's Global Viral Chart , rose to #1 on Hype Machine, and raced past 12 million plays at Spotify alone. His next track, 'Re.Up' took listeners by surprise with its opening female vocal and added a new, visceral dynamic to his sound.
A confrontational anthem for modern times, 'Fuel To The Fire' followed, challenging the listener to look beyond "handheld justice"; and finally the 80s tinged refrain of the 'The Mire' completed Rationale's debut EP 'Fuel To The Fire'. Together, the four songs offered a snapshot of an artist with the innate ability to make a statement across a sonically diverse collection.
Inspired by Prince, Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones, Rationale followed the EP with the single 'Something For Nothing' which was B-listed at Radio 1 and amplified the attention bestowed upon him, while 'Palms' charted a course across recent music history: its nuanced and slick production is utterly contemporary, yet its sense of yearning recalls the atmosphere of '80s pop and its tight, insistent bassline taps into the feel of '90s soul.
Rationale's debut show at The Courtyard in 2015 sold-out two months in advance and he received a rapturous reception from a passionate crowd who had memorised every word. He started 2016 with a triumphant set at Radio 1's Future Festival which inspired the Evening Standard to conclude: "If he doesn't end up being heard and loved by millions, we're doing this tips thing all wrong." Those tips continued when he was shortlisted for Apple Music's Artists For 2016 and also nominated for MTV's Brand New For 2016.
He then headed to Europe for select shows in Amsterdam, Paris and Dusseldorf, and has since played a full UK tour which included a major sold-out London show at The Village Underground. Demand was such that a second London date at Scala was added, which again promptly sold-out. Such acclaim was repeated during Rationale's debut North American tour which included full to the brim venues in Los Angeles and New York City before he embarked upon a hectic summer of major festival appearances including Reading, Leeds, Latitude, Bestival and many more.