Deborah Jordan ‘See In The Dark’ CD (Futuristica Music) 5/5

Deborah Jordan unveils her new album ‘See in the Dark’ continuing her long-running association with leading future soul label, Futuristica Music.

It can be seen as almost futile to attempt to surmise a career as expansive as Deborah Jordan’s but I’m still feeling compelled to scream about her incredible accomplishments – an artist with a near unparalleled ability to walk within disparate musical realms and genres like her timeless contribution as vocalist for Robert Mitchell’s Panacea or the innumerable collaborations she’s chalked up with artists including Atjazz (‘Let Go’), Unforscene (‘Unbroken’) and Soulpersona (‘Weightless’); her work as part of groups including Sun Circle, pairing Jordan with producer Simon S, Silhouette Brown with Kaidi Tatham and then there are her solo albums ‘The Light’ (2009) and ‘What You See’ (2011) all under the umbrella of Futuristica.

And Futuristica is very much a part of the story here as well – through a team of dedicated, immeasurably talented and unified producers, musicians and vocalists, Futuristica has released genre-defining projects – Simon S’ ‘Music 4 Alternative Souls’ (2018) warrants essential listening as do releases by the Jazz Chronicles and Georgie Sweet.

Deborah Jordan has always been a remarkable talent – her voice is able to capture a genuine, aching sincerity that completely validates her music over the staggering fifteen plus years she has been making music. ‘See in the Dark’ is a further testament to that fact – a great album that, in many ways, runs the gamut of sonic compositions that people have become accustomed to equating with her talents. With production from a dream team assembly of names including K15, Simon S, Tris Browne and Mecca 83, the album boasts varied musical soundscapes like the sweet R&B of ‘You Should Know’, the broken beat inspiration of ‘Stay With You’ and ‘Horizon’, and the harder-edged beats of ‘Machine’.

But there’s little chance of anything on this album resonating with listeners more than the project’s exquisite lead single, ‘I’ll See You Again’. Produced by Mark Rapson, ‘I’ll See You Again’ was written following the passing of Jordan’s mother but is destined to be a song that will be adopted by countless people the world over as a vessel for their own losses and heartbreak. It’s a song exemplary of every one of Jordan’s talents already discussed – a match-made-in-heaven of an awe-inspiring vocal paired with flawless production.

In many ways, ‘See in the Dark’ is the culmination of everything that came before it: an incredibly versatile release that sees Jordan, not only continue to straddle the various styles she’s developed her formidable reputation on but an album that has managed to fuse so many of these elements together into a stunning and cohesive project. As a result, Deborah Jordan has delivered, quite possibly, her magnum opus.

Imran Mirza