Jordan Mackampa New Single
Jordan Mackampa released new single "What Am I," ahead of his North American fall tour supporting Amber Run.The soul-soaked track from the London-based singer swims in the sounds and stories of the cities he's inhabited over the years. Inspired by his Congolese roots and mother's love of the great soul singers like Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield, Jordan combines a timeless vocal with catchy melodies and heartfelt lyrics to create an exciting hybrid of alternative pop and soul which will enchant and uplift in equal measure.
With "What Am I," Mackampa steps further into his true self. The questioning single is executed with soulful resilience against a backdrop of resplendent horns, harmonious percussion and orchestral strings - and if you listen closely - a funk undertow. It's the kind of song that sweeps you off your feet, carried by Mackampa's powerful-yet-amicable vocals reminiscent of Lianne La Havas. The zenith of the track, around the three minute mark, is especially poignant. The songwriter pivots between uplifting instrumentation and his own sense of unknowing repeating "what am I supposed to do?" in tail capturing the feeling of a generation, lost. As the track comes to an end, Mackampa leaves us without an answer, left to ponder the question on everyone's lips. "What Am I" was produced by Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini).
Speaking on the track, Jordan quotes: "'What Am I' is a modern take on Marvin Gaye's classic 'What's Going On', highlighting the state of the world right now, from multiple wars in different territories; how the earth is dying, to the border control problem & how it's been dealt with. It's a lot of 'hopes and prayers', changing of display pictures to blue, but all trickling down to a stop soon after, as it's no longer in the forefront of the media.
I wrote this song in the mindset of how I need to do more but don't know how because I am only one man, trying his best to make change within the means available."
"What Am I" follows the release of single ''Under" (May '19) and follows the release of three EP's: Live From The Grand Cru (rel late 2017), Tales From The Broken (rel early 2017) and Physics (rel 2016). All three EP's have received critical acclaim from NME, The 405, Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Indie Shuffle, Wonderland and more and the three EP's have collectively amassed over 50 million streams via Spotify.
JORDAN MACKAMPA TOUR DATES
10.25 Dallas, TX - Trees **
10.26 Austin, TX - Parish **
10.27 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall **
10.29 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade **
10.31 Washington, DC - The Black Cat **
11.01 Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry at The Fillmore **
11.02 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw **
11.05 Toronto, ON - Opera House **
11.06 Cleveland, ON - Beachland Ballroom **
11.07 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall **
11.08 Milwaukee, WI - Colectivo **
11.09 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue **
11.12 Denver, CO - Bluebird **
11.13 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex **
11.15 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall **
11.16 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex **
11.25 London, UK - Village Underground
12.03 Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso-Noord
12.04 Tourcoing, FR - Le Grand Mix
12.05 Paris, FR - Point Ephémère
12.07 Prague, CZ - Café V Lese
12.08 Leipzig, Germany - UT Connewitz
12.09 Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
12.10 Hamburg, Germany - Hakken
**Dates with Amber Run