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Premiere: Hear an Achingly Beautiful Track From Kwalia

Jordan Rakei and Richard Melkonian team up for their debut EP as Kwalia.
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Kwalia—the new duo from soul vocalist and producer Jordan Rakei and classical composer Richard Melkonian—is set to release their debut EP, Pursuit, on June 22 via Pinkbird Recording Co.

The duo began working together on "Rooftop," a track from Rakei's album Cloak—released via Soul Has No Tempo and 4101 Records in 2016—and officially launched as Kwalia with last year's "Pulse," a gorgeous fusion of their respective sounds. 

On Pursuit, they continue the fruitful partnership with three-long compositions that meld meandering jazz rhythms with Rakei's achingly beautiful vocal work—the EP also features a string quartet, woodwind live band, and heavy synths throughout. 

In support of the EP, the duo have offered up a full stream of "Void," a stunning six-minute epic, available via the player below.

You can pre-order the EP here.

Due to temporary issues regarding the GDPR, EU readers can stream the track here.